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Grinding the paint has another downside: It’s expensive. When subjected to 36-grit paper on a grinder, the paint gets hot, turns gummy, and clogs the sandpaper, rendering it useless. You’ll burn through a lot of sandpaper and a lot of cash this way, as the more aggressive the sandpaper, the more expensive it is. A gallon of Aircraft Stripper costs about $15, easily one-third the cost of the number of 36-grit discs needed to strip the paint from our El Camino.