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Old 04-30-2010, 08:43 AM   #43
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:46 PM   #44
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Done

Job Complete.
The drain line works fine, I routed it out the bottom just aft of the water heater.
The electrics ended up with a new breaker box/20A breaker in the street side rear cabinet. A completely new inlet for the new breaker fit nicely in the RR corner.

Bring on summer!
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:39 PM   #45
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Uggg

Back in post #24, I stripped the front cap...it was wayyyy ugly.

Well last night the Lovely Mrs. HiHo noted that the sides of the 'stream were lookin' pretty shabby and announced that I would depart first thing the following morning and obtain the needed supplies to strip the crappy clearcoat off of the sides...Oh, and it's 90 degrees outside...

Photo 1 is the locally obtained chemicals of distruction...

The winner is...CitriStrip...The Bix works just as good but is EVIL!
The 3rd chemical place is just crappy. It's like water and after a couple of hours effort we just gave up on it.

Photo 2 and 3 are very poor attempts at documenting the failing clearcoat. It looks MUCH worse in person...

Photo 4 shows the succesfull technique. Slop on the goo and sit down for 5 minutes (my favorite part...). Lather on more goo and repeat the sitting...do the same until the application process starts turning in a jelly like mixture of stripper and dissolved clearcoat...(the section to the rear of the goo shows clean aluminum that was done with this process). Then take a soft bristle brush and stir the goo into a frothy mess. Wash off with a hose, scrub one more time, then a final rinse.

More coming....
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more ugggg

Working across the upper section resulted in some nice aluminum appearing from below the crappy clearcoat. (photo 1)

And it also yielded a nice curbside panel...(photo 2)

After an afternoons stripping - a 20 year old Airstream started showing its true colors...
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #47
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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

The job that never ends...
We stripped all of the clearcoat from the belt line upward and decided to try and give the exposed corroded aluminum a shine. Several 'forum members had reported good results with Purple Polish so I ordered a bottle of the Deoxidizer and the Polish - I'm happy with the results. I have modified the method...
Slop on the deoxidizer and let it dry...the surface WILL turn white...
user the angle grinder with a polishing pad to apply and shine the Polish...

It's slower that just slinging Lowes toolbox goo but it does give a more consistant shine...notice I said shine and not polish - it doesn't really move the surface and make a mirror polish, it just shines up the existing texture to what I believe the original aluminum looked like.

If you want a mirrored surface (I don't) I don't believe this method will get you there...
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:48 PM   #48
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1/2 way down the top! I started on the street side, above the awnings. Whadda difference...The side below the awning is bare, unshined but in very good shape...I didnt realize the tops were as bad as they turned out to be.

One more tweek on the shining process...I'm using a foam pad on a 6" DA polisher to apply the Purple Polish, then wrapping a microfiber rag around the head for removal (just like using a Cyclo). So far I'm very happy with the results.
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Do you have to cover up lights before you use the stripper on the AS? I don't want the mirror shine, either. Thanks for your reply. Brenda
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Do you have to cover up lights before you use the stripper on the AS?
Great Job, Vern...lookin' guud -

On the lights - it was my experience that, even though I taped them, I ruined about all of the lenses I left on the trailer during stripping....

Be prepared to replace the lenses - On the ones I took off, I found it was VERY easy to hit the tail of wire sticking out of the hole under the original light - fortunately, I was able to fish all of the wire dutchmen and make repairs.

In the greater scheme of things, new lights are not that expensive and they look sooo good on a polished trailer as opposed to the 20 to 30+ year old lenses...also a good excuse to replace everything with LED lights.

If I had to do it again, I think I would take off all of the lights and attach some strong string, wire, or filament to the wires and install some sort of a "no-go" on the other end and push all of the wire and the "fishing string" into the skin, leaving only the "no-go" visible.

I got lucky in that I was able to recover and make repairs to all of the wires caught by the compounder.

I would hate to have to remove any interior panels to fish wires for exterior lights.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:08 PM   #51
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Great Job, Vern...lookin' guud - ...On the lights - it was my experience that, even though I taped them, I ruined about all of the lenses I left on the trailer during stripping....also a good excuse to replace everything with LED lights...
I taped the lights with Blue masking but managed to keep the stripper off them...I have NO doubt that the bad boy stuff would dissolve the bases on contact but I suspect the CitriStrip would be a bit gentler...

I have been using a 3300 rpm DA polisher by Turtle wax...$19 at walmart
and managed to NOT snag anything so far...

I also did the LED swap...the wires only had 1/2" of slack so I had to strip/solder and shrink wrap the joints. They do look kinda groovy against a shiney 'stream
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Thanks for all the great tips. I'm going to try to tape the lights. I have a gallon of Aircraft Stripper from Strip-Eze (I think). Burns like hell. Need a recommendation on brushs for stripper if anyone has used this stuff. Also, did you strip the whole trailer or just the failed and partially failed parts? Did it blend together?

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Thanks for all the great tips. I'm going to try to tape the lights. I have a gallon of Aircraft Stripper from Strip-Eze (I think). Burns like hell. Need a recommendation on brushs for stripper if anyone has used this stuff. Also, did you strip the whole trailer or just the failed and partially failed parts? Did it blend together?

Don H.
I used el-cheapo-brushes and the CitriStrip doesn't seem to phase (faze?) them...

For the final stirrrin of the lathered up goo, I have been using a Walmart carwash brush...it's not very rough and doesnt scratch up the 'luminum...

So far I have striped everything from the center decal upward and 1 or 2 of the lower panels...

it does look MUCH better...
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I have to admit I have a bit of Wiring Envy for ya'll with the front shorepower connection...

I just called Wise and ordered a 2nd Honda 2000 so a front shore power connection would be REALLY nice...

Hummm...how to run a 10/3 cable from the rear to the front...it's only a bit over 30'...a pal suggested blue racing tape to hold the cord to the side stripe...

How about thru the frame rails! I figure I need to run the wire thru PVC since there are bolts and stuff stickin' inside...

The PVC slid right in, it looks like my 90 degree fitting/30 plug is gonna work...

Off to Lowes to buy wire...

And I still need a plan for the front connection...
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the suspense is killin' me hiho'...

WHERE did the pvc pipe come OUT at the front?

you could mount an enclosed 30 amp box on the A frame just above (or below)

and now that you have access to the main frame rails,

they could be filled with viscolastic rubber to further dampen the 'soft ride' a stream must have...



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HiHo said "And I still need a plan for the front connection...

Call WestMarine - get a Marinco. I think really compliment the outside of an AS.
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