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The slide was powder-coated black on top of ZAMAK alloy. Powder-coat is a kind of plastic so unless you're using something that softens plastic you're fine.

Probably just soak it in paint-thinner and then use a stiff plastic bristle brush and elbow grease.

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Anything.

The slide was powder-coated black on top of ZAMAK alloy. Powder-coat is a kind of plastic so unless you're using something that softens plastic you're fine.

Probably just soak it in paint-thinner and then use a stiff plastic bristle brush and elbow grease.

Peace favor your sword,
Kirk
Actually Kirk, any solvents such as paint thinner, acetone, MEK, etc can damage powder coating by softening and/or dissolving the surface layers which can lead to it being less durable or stripped off entirely.

It might sound weird as hell, but a mildly abrasive polishing compound will work the best. It'll start gently removing the top layers of paint and not chemically alter the paint or powder coat underneath.
 

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Actually Kirk, any solvents such as paint thinner, acetone, MEK, etc can damage powder coating by softening and/or dissolving the surface layers which can lead to it being less durable or stripped off entirely.

It might sound weird as hell, but a mildly abrasive polishing compound will work the best. It'll start gently removing the top layers of paint and not chemically alter the paint or powder coat underneath.
Weird. I've never had problem with paint thinner. But, as you say, I'd never use acetone.

Anyway, even if it gets scrubbed completely off, just "refinish" it with Brownell's Aluma-Hyde, or, heck, even black brake caliper paint.

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Weird. I've never had problem with paint thinner. But, as you say, I'd never use acetone.

Anyway, even if it gets scrubbed completely off, just "refinish" it with Brownell's Aluma-Hyde, or, heck, even black brake caliper paint.

Peace favor your sword,
Kirk
Any solvent that can remove paint, can soften and/or strip powder coat if you aren't careful. So a rag dabbed in it then used in conjuction with elbow grease? Sure. I wouldn't recommend soaking though as it will give the solvent more time to work it's magic and potentially ruin the finish. Personally I like the dremel with a polishing wheel and some Mother's aluminum polish, or wet sand with an ultrafine grit paper if the paint is super thick. Personally I would strip it to bare metal and start over, but I'm weird like that.


You can add high temp engine enamel to that list as well. Buddy of mine bought a rifle with a stainless barrel, even though he hated the look, and paid me to rattle can it with black engine enamel. A year later it looks just as good as it did the day I painted it.
 

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Guess I'm weird too. It's already red so add some orange, yellow, and a hint of green and/or brown and do an autumn camo theme.
 
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