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I need a safe way to remove paint from plastic and vinyl. I'm redoing an interior on my SLK.
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I've always wiped automotive plastic and vinyl down with lacquer thinner, on a soft cloth. Good and damp, but not dripping. It should remove old paint and grim - while at the same time preparing the surface of the plastic/vinyl to provide a good base for the new die or paint.

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I suppose that if you left a piece of plastic in a bucket of Lacquer thinner - it would dissolve it. Or if you left a dripping wet rag soaked in lacquer thinner on the plastic for a period of time it would soften it.

But wiping automotive plastics and vinyl down with a damp cloth to clean the surface and remove old paint with lacquer thinner - won't hurt a thing. At least is hasn't over the past 40 years I that use it, during the restoration of dozens of cars.

Using alcohol won't leave the plastic/vinyl with as good a base to apply dye or paint to. If your going to re-dye or paint the plastic/vinyl - use Paint Thinner to clean it {aka lacquer thinner}.

If you use Alcohol - be sure to clean the plastic/vinyl after with clean water, then dry completely.. any residue left will let your new paint peel off like a baked chicken skin.

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Isopropyl alcohol worked for me in about 90% of the areas I was working on. Brake fluid took care of the rest.
Remember ventilation, gloves and goggles whatever the chemical you decide to work with.
 

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