Paint removal from a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is the most important part of a custom paint job. If you do not remove the old paint correctly, the new paint will not adhere to the surface, and may peel, chip or blister.
1. Remove the pieces from the motorcycle that you want to paint using the ratchet set. Typically, the fenders, headlight housing, side covers, gas tank and the tail piece are the only parts of the motorcycle that require paint.
2. Place the pieces in a well-ventilated area, or outdoors, onto newspaper or a tarp. Always wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when working with chemicals.
3. Brush the paint stripper onto the metal. Do not use a back-and-forth motion, which can hinder its effectiveness. Don’t paint over seams in the metal; the stripper can accumulate there and damage future coats of paint.
4. Scrape away the paint and stripper. Rub some paint stripper neutralizer over the surface of the metal, or rinse the pieces with water to remove all traces of the chemical stripper.
5. Sand the seams and any remaining paint with automotive sandpaper on an orbital sander. Wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling paint dust. Continue to sand until all traces of paint are gone. Sand any hard-to-reach areas by hand with a sanding block.