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You wrote: However, during this lengthy paint-stripping exercise I noticed something interesting. Some of you will say "I knew that" but I've never seen/heard it mentioned before, so here goes - I'd read/heard people saying brake fluid clouds lexan shells, it gets worse the longer you leave the shell in the fluid. I've always had this in mind & been careful to not leave the shells long enough to damage them. In this case, I was less concerned as the shell was in a bit of a state & I'd already decided that if it didn't go according to plan, I'd try to source another. After 3 days in the fluid, yes it clouded, BUT only where the paint had been. The unpainted window areas were unaffected. Now, I know from previous experience that most scratches in lexan disappear when you paint it (Scratches & paint on the inside I mean). Knowing this, I'm going to say that the clouding is the result of attack by the solvents in the paint, & is there from the day you apply the paint, but you can't see it. The first time you see it is when you take the paint off. I suppose the proof would be to get an offcut of lexan from a new shell, plonk it in brake fluid & leave it, to see what happens.
eddrick wrote: ..
(I need to also check what takeway tubs are made of, cos I know they cloud after having brake fluid in them)