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Old 01-26-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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How many hours/approx cost to polish & remove clearcoat

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Could anyone give me a rough idea of hours involved to remove clearcoat and polish trailer of a '69 Caravel . Exterior is already sealed and in good , dent free, condition.

I am a newbie and i'm just trying to get an idea of cost as I will be getting a few quotes. However, depending on price i may end up doung this myself .

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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I did my 69 Caravel. Two weeks, essentially full time. Stripping was not easy or fun...and I used aircraft stripper. I used three different tools...a variable speed angle buffer from Porter Cable, a Makita angle motor and a Cyclo. You need the Cyclo believe me....for that final polish. Jetsco products seemed the best of all I used on several Airstreams. (Caswell
as source too.) I guess you can get similar in NZ.
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Hi Melody
thanks for the comment
Does $2000 USD sound about right for a quote ? i may get it done in the US but trying to compare over here in NZ.

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:43 AM   #4
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You should add $600-$800 on that $2000 I think if stripping is involved.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #5
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$100 per foot....
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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Price varies along with quality, but $100-$150 per foot are pretty typical prices I've seen around Texas. That is, total trailer length, including the hitch and bumper. I have seen a few $800 polish jobs and they looked like a $400 polish job.
If you want to truly appreciate a polished trailer, do it yourself. It is a dirty, nasty, filthy, laborious job that can yield spectacular results.
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If you want to truly appreciate a polished trailer, do it yourself. It is a dirty, nasty, filthy, laborious job that can yield spectacular results.
I agree with that. Never had to strip one but I have polished a few and don't want to know how much time I put in it.
It will be enough time you won't wonder why the quoted prices are so high.

If you have children or grandchildren available , slave labor is good.
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I've polished myself my 27' overlander 1971.... around 100 hours to get the clearcoat off and around 100 hours to polish.
Terrible work to do but don't cost much money.... a stripper ( the classic one, not what they sell especially for Airstreams... as All remove 22O made in .... Australia ...) and Nuvite polishes ( 3 grades : F6, C and finally S for les than $100 ) . You need some wool pad on your drill machine ... that's all and a LOT OF elbow grease ... The last polish with S is to do by hand ( or with a cyclo polisher ), it's the finition pass.
You can have a look on my article about polishing with a lot of photos, there:

AIRSTREAM, HARLEY-DAVIDSON and The American Dream in FRANCE.: Polissage miroir d'une AIRSTREAM

Doing yourself is the very good way to be proud of your trailer after that.

Don't forget that you have to do a maintenance polish ( with Nuvite S only) , each year if you want to keep the best shining .... around 10 to 20 hours by hand ( or less if you buy a cyclo polisher.

I advice to do it yourself ... it's a great itself satisfaction....

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Hi Everyone
Could anyone give me a rough idea of hours involved to remove clearcoat and polish trailer of a '69 Caravel . Exterior is already sealed and in good , dent free, condition.

I am a newbie and i'm just trying to get an idea of cost as I will be getting a few quotes. However, depending on price i may end up doung this myself .

Thanks !
Sarah
To remove clearcoat should take no more then 4 hours, that's if you go with RemovAll220, just brush it on, wait about 4 hours and hose it off

RemovAll 220

If you polish it yourself look to spend about $1000.00 material, cyclo polisher,etc, etc.....

To have a company look to spend approx $3,000.

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Thanks Everyone for the replies, really appreciate the guidance and advice - such a great forum.

Bruno: I look fwd to reading your blog and excellent advice there.

Rick : unfortunately my kids are too young, but they will make ideal slaves one day, i like your thinking!

Top, Dwight, 62 overlander: thank you for your advice, am learning alot. If i can source those key items here in nz, i will may give it a go myself. Sounds satisfying in a sadistic sort of way
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Hi Sarah,

You may already know this by now.We were talking to a guy in Auckland this week and he said he had a quote from one guy there for $10,000.
Great incentive to do it yourself.Lots of $$$
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