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Question how can I remove paint from

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by WolvPro, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. Dec 8, 2019 at 5:35 AM
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    WolvPro

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    I got my 08 Tacoma used. The bed in the truck a painter used it for work as there is about 4 different colors of leaked and splattered paint all on the sides of the bed inside and a lot on the floor pan of the bed. I have tried a pressure washer to it and it removes the thicker stuff but the left over white colors are like embedded. Is there anyone that can offer me a safe way to remove the paint without damaging the composite bed? I’m looking at like maybe a chemical I can spray or brush on then pressure wash off? Any advice would be appreciated thanks guys.
     
  2. Dec 8, 2019 at 5:39 AM
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    I’ll check it out. Thanks and anymore advice from others?
     
  4. Dec 8, 2019 at 5:40 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

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    My suggestion would be to put on a tonneau to hide the inside of the bed, then enjoy using the bed when needed with no concern for the normal wear and tear that will occur.
     
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    How about going the other way and giving it a coat of bed liner.
     
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    My wife spilled a gallon of paint in my other Tacoma. I thought it was water based so immediately tried to power wash it out while it was wet. It was il based and splatterd all over the bed. i ended up letting it dry and then power washing out the big stuff then I spray painted the sides with a good satin black paint and threw a bed mat on the floor and it looked all new again.
     
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    I would try acetone and a brush. Or paint over it.
     
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    Try the least harsh chemicals first then move on. Start with bug and tar remover, goo gone, kerosene, etc. But be careful what you use doesn't harm the paint on your truck because there will probably be runoff from cleaning the bed- even if you are careful.

    I had good luck with bug and tar remover while cleaning off yellow line paint from the road. The cleaner worked better on the paint than the mudflaps bc the mudflaps are porous. I'm guessing you are having trouble inside the bed bc the polymer is porous. Try using a hard plastic scraper (ice scraper, window tint spatula, plastic scraper for cleaning dishes) or maybe even a nylon brush or razor blade.

    All that being said I would probably just live with it. I don't abuse my bed but I do use the hell out of it.

    +1 on the bed mat. One of the best things I bought for the truck.

    Goodluck OP
     
  9. Dec 8, 2019 at 6:27 AM
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    Thanks guys for the comments! Love the site! I will try a few of these ideas and if I cant get it out them I will just flat black the sides and put a Mat in. Thanks guys!
     
  10. Dec 8, 2019 at 9:23 AM
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    If it’s water based paint a good steam machine should break it right down and wash it out.
     
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    Find a local pressure washer company with heaters and let them blast it out. HOT water and 3500 PSI does wonders.
     
  12. Dec 8, 2019 at 9:25 AM
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    Yep, the heat makes a huge difference.
     
  13. Dec 12, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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    I think paint STRIPPER should be fine on it, but test at an inconspicuous spot to make sure.
     
  14. Dec 12, 2019 at 10:10 AM
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    96carboard

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    Not meaningful since the bed is not made of plastic in the conventional sense.
    Its polyester fiberglass like a boat hull.
     
  15. Jan 6, 2020 at 3:43 PM
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    Thanks for all of the replies! Its coming off but alot of elbow grease!
     

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