What to use to remove lacquer?

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  1. wanabe

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    What agent or chemical will safely remove lacquer from a brass instrument?
     
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    The older vintage instruments used nitrocellulose lacquers that are easily removed using boiling water with a bit of baking powder added. The epoxy lacquers on newer instruments, including the notorious Yamaha hard to remove lacquers can be removed using Klean-Strip Aircraft Paint Remover. I prefer the spray which I use outdoors when the weather is above 60 degrees. It is water soluble and easily rinses off with garden hose.
     
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    Thanks for the useful and fast reply. Hmmm...nitrocellulose, really? That could give new meaning to the expression "hot licks".
     
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    Boo. :)
     
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    No, BOOM!
     

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