How to strip paint from a VW Campervan

Volkswagen Campervan

It’s almost impossible not to be a little bit in love with at least one Type of VW Campervan.  It’s easy to see why they’re a popular restoration project.  We have yet to see a finished example that’s lost the original charm that seems to be built into older Campervans.

The original Campervan was designed in 1950.  Affectionately known as the Splitty, the original T1 Transporter featured the easily recognised ‘splitscreen’ windscreen.  During production from 1950 – 1975 a number of variations on the original Splitty were produced.  Sliding doors became an option in the 60’s, engine updates were made, and buyers were able to change wheels, barn doors, and interiors.  The shell and chassis of the vans are made from steel, making them durable, but susceptible to rust.  The most common issue being the floor / chassis area – which we often see completely replaced as part of a restoration.

1967 saw the Campervan T2 enter the market.  Volkswagen did away with the splitscreen, instead producing the Bay.  Various changes to the Campervan were made – including upgrades to the engine and suspension.  VW managed to create a second generation Type without losing the original charm that so many people catch onto.  Like the T1, the panels and shell of this van are normally made completely from steel.

VW have, of course, gone onto create further Types, but so far, we haven’t found the same love to restore these newer models as is found when discussing a T1 or T2.  We’d still like to help if you have a newer generation Campervan – get in touch with us today if you’re considering paint removal from your Campervan.

Blast cleaning a VW Campervan T1 Splitscreens

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You can find more information on the processes we offer – here.

If you’d like help with your VW Campervan restoration, get in touch today.