First you have to realize that other than early Vettes they were not gel coated. Yours should not have gel coat unless it has been stripped in the past and gel coated prior to repainting. What is often thought to be gel coat is actually resin. When a part is actually gel coated a mold release agent is applied to the inside of a negative mold then gel coat chemically different than glass resin is sprayed into the inside of the mold and finally the fiberglass is sprayed into the mold and bonds to the gel coat. When the part is separated from the mold the gel coat is now on the outside of the glass part and forms a smooth outer coating which is often colored. But starting in , Corvette body parts were manufactured using a press mold process where the fiberglass material and resin are shaped in a two piece die-like tool.
What does it take to strip paint from a rare Corvette?
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Here, there are extreme ends of the spectrum. There are plenty of quickie paint shops that will scuff the existing exterior paint, bust out the tape, and spray away. That barely rates as a bare minimum pproach. On the other hand, perfection means pulling the body off and down to a bare shell, stripped of the last nut and bolt, and kicking off the paintwork from there.