My tractor hood project made use of an old tractor hood that was in need of an upgrade and refresh.
Structural and cosmetic repairs were required to make use of this hood on an tractor repower.
The hood needed to be resized for length, cut down to size, and had several holes that needed to be filled.
It was also coated with a layer of paint on top of the old gelcoat.
This paint was worn, ugly, and peeling.
In order to make several of the other repairs I needed to remove this paint.
I could have started sanding with sandpaper, but the drawback to that is the likelihood that I would sand through the paint and into the gelcoat, unnecessarily removing that too.
I turned to chemical stripper. The peeling paint demonstrated the weak bond of the paint to the gelcoat.
The Gelcoat Layer of Fiberglass is very durable and tough.
This material generally has very good chemical resistance.
Paint Stripper was applied to the entire hood, causing the paint to bubble and loosen.
A bristle brush and a rags were used in the application of the stripper and the removal of the paint.
The gelcoat’s strong chemical resistance was not affected by the paint stripper.
This gelcoat became my new base layer.
The new surface still had some blems and general ugly, but these can now be sanded off much easier during the process of creating the new surface of the hood.