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Re: Grinding my 52cj
Best method I know for getting into the corners is sandblasting. If you don't want to sandblast the whole thing, you can still use a small sandblaster to get into the corners.
Wire wheel works well for what it can get to, and is pretty benign.
Flap wheels and flap disks will also work on some paint and are fairly benign, but can be clogged by some paints.
Chemical strippers are good for getting paint off, but will eat rubber and some plastics.
In the end, you'll probably do best with a combination of methods depending on the quality of the paint and its location. Unless you have stripped it down to the bare frame, in which case sandblast it.
Different coatings have more or less ability to hang on through rust, but all will work better on clean metal than rusty. The less rust the better.