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Old 08-14-2003, 07:12 PM   #1
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tonight i was looking at the spot i patched last month and i decided to try my cyclo on it with some polish. i could not beleive the results . that spot has irritated me to no end. just like the old sore thumb . you look at the silver weenie and all you could see was that blasted spot i tryed to repair. bad bad. well the cyclo polished the spot and now you dont see it any more. not perfect but it looks like it should. so when you get carryed away with plasticote and get it lookung like crap wait a month and get the cyclo out and fix it.i wonder what ss would have done ?? lol
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Old 08-17-2003, 08:18 AM   #2
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let me ask the specifics....you got the spray can from Airstream?
If you mask out an area and spray it on, what prep did you do
before applying the spray? Last- how long did it take to cure?
I want to do the small spots n my roof . Then I am buying a canopy to stope those dang birds from using the roof as a porta-potty.
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Old 08-17-2003, 01:45 PM   #3
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just washed and let dry wiped with shamie to insure all the crap was removed. taped the area i wanted to spray and sprayed it. do it in a couple of lite coats. i took a jpg of the repair you caN STILL SEE THE SUCTION CUP HICKEY IF YOU LOOK . but i can live with that .
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Old 08-17-2003, 01:54 PM   #4
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i got the can from sunny at camper repair center . 205-665-2531.
or any airstream dealer has it.
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Hi Al, Alan, et al,

I too just ordered a can of it. Probably should have got several cans after seeing the roof at closer inspection.

I thought the 'Prep' for spraying included using some aircraft stripper such as Citristrip (or methelene chloride) to remove the remaining plasticote in the area, then go over the area with a fast drying lacquer thinner several times before spraying with Plasticote. (HD did not have the 'fast drying' thinner).

Directions say to spray the area several times with thin coats and wait for at least a month before waxing.

I was holding off for some cooler days.... How does this set of directions sound?

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i was trying to blend a coat of plasticote to cove up and seal the suction cup spots. not trying to do a large repair such as the roof.
if i was doing the roof i would remove the old plasticote. be care ful with the rag that has laquer thinner on it my wife didnt understand the signoficants of it and i now have another small spot to repair. if you only have one can for the entire roof i doubt that would put one thin coat down. i would strip and polish the roof as that will reflect the heat and lower the temps inside. one other fix is to paint the rof white . i have given that some thought but havent decided if iwill polish or paint. lol
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try using the thinner as a stripper it will remove some plasticote if not the aircraft stripper will work real good. but again dont over spray you dont get a second chance. i think you have the steps down ok but go aheat and do it . but i would spray the roof in the morning not as many bugs and the heat of the day will dry it to a point you wont have a fly paper roof. lol
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It looks like it is doable, I might try to clean the small areas with mineal spirits, and then spray them. Mine are no more than a few inches across...luckily most if the roof and the rest is in good shape, and I am deciding between a cover and a canopy to keep the bird stuff off, and the tree droppings like berries and such.
Found a canopy double layered 20+ feet long for 100. bucks...
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Alan:

IF the canopy you're referring to is one of the self supporting ones with a metal frame:

I tried to use one in New Orleans on a classic Jag I had; darn thing kept moving around in the slightest wind! I didn't scratch anything, but I was constantly taking it down and putting it up as the storm threats passed by. Plus...there was only about 6' clear at the eave.

I finally gave up and just put the thing up for outdoor get togethers.

IF it's a drape over type cover:

mildew tends to build up very quickly unless there is a lot of air movement under the canvas.
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