Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1962 W111 220SE Coupe
Location: Cloud City, OR
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I think it looks great so far but agree with others that sanding in not recommended, it will go bare around the edges quickly. Heat, likewise, could cause it to separate at the glue substrate level.
When I did mine, looked just like your before pic with a leathery cracking, I used a Super Strength Paint Stripper Gel, I forget the brand but it was a well known one right off the shelf at the hardware store. I liberally covered with the gel using gloves and a paint brush, keep it even and thick, it only works when wet. Let it sit for half an hour or until dry then scrape ***with a plastic scraper, not metal to avoid gouges*** and then once most is off go at it with #0000 grade steel wool, also from the hardware store.
If the first coat of stripper (that reminds me, I need to stop buying coats for strippers) doesn't get all the veneer off, do another coat. This basically does the work for you and you will never prep wood any other way after doing this. Good luck and show us your results, again, looks great so far!
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