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« on: May 27, 2013 08:10:54 PM »

I bought a vinyl vintage suitcase from a yardsale for only three bucks. I figured I would give it a nice coat of paint, put some fabric on the top and paper the inside. This did not go so swell. The painting went awful. Absolutely awful. I dont know what happened but it's bad. So I decided to try to get the paint off. I tried GooGone, Acetone, ExtraVirgin Olive Oil, you name it. It got some of it off but not down the cracks. So then it was my genius idea to just spray paint over it. However, because of the previous crappy paint job the spots where the paint didn't come off showed through like chunks.

It is a great suitcase with great bones. But I ruined it. Any idea how to fix this mistake? Or should I just toss it and hope to find another suitcase soon? 

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013 07:44:57 PM »

Oh bummer! Do you think sanding it down could work? It might give it cool a weathered look then maybe you could use some kind of stain to make the remaining paint look less harsh?

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013 10:35:01 PM »

I completely agree- I'd try sanding it.  Maybe use an orbital, and very carefully to make sure you don't go through the material.  Oh and use a good face mask/respirator, since you're dealing with dried paint!

Or could you figure out a way of scraping off the top layer and recovering it?  Or even just totally recovering it with something?  Maybe use some sort of filler to smooth it, and then apply something like a thicker vinyl or leather? 

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