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Old 10-31-2009, 12:07 PM   #15
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heya... i have a naive question about stripping the interior beige speckled skin.
is that possible?
trailers with shiney interior endcaps and walls...has the skin been replaced?

also a few pics in the gallery of motorhomes have the bottom gray exterior stripped and polished, storage trays and all ...whew, that looks like a chore
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:46 PM   #16
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Polish? ....... Never! I learned my lesson on my '49 Boles.
But I did clean my '61 Safari (no clearcoat) using Bon Ami ("Hasn't scratched yet!"). I rubbed the whole trailer down with a towel, water, and about a whole 14 oz can of Bon Ami. 45 minutes later I was done and it was VERY much cleaner. I might do this every 3 to 5 years since this cleaning did such a good job on 48 years of oxidation.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:14 PM   #17
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Has anyone used Olive Oil ??? to clean and polish the aluminum skin ???

I use it some on anodized aluminum on our Houseboat and it does an amazing job of cleaning, removing oxidation !!! and it is a natural product !
I believe you when you say it works. I once watched my father use mineral oil to clean and brighten up a piece of galvanized sheet steel. He spent 20 years working in a food plant, and he learned the trick while cleaning stainless steel surfaces. However, I'm sure heavy oxidization requires something far more aggressive.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:40 PM   #18
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I believe you when you say it works. I once watched my father use mineral oil to clean and brighten up a piece of galvanized sheet steel. He spent 20 years working in a food plant, and he learned the trick while cleaning stainless steel surfaces. However, I'm sure heavy oxidization requires something far more aggressive.
Could be AlbertF, But even I have been very surprised at the acid content and cleaning ability of Olive oil and Natural Vinegars for cleaning metal surfaces long exposed to the sun and dirt, UV rays.

I am going to do some more research and experimentation.

Remember, most products are marketed with HUGE markups.

the BEST odor inhibitor and window cleaner is Vinegar !!! Blended with different ratios of water for specific jobs !!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:52 PM   #19
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Could be AlbertF, But even I have been very surprised at the acid content and cleaning ability of Olive oil and Natural Vinegars for cleaning metal surfaces long exposed to the sun and dirt, UV rays.

I am going to do some more research and experimentation.

Remember, most products are marketed with HUGE markups.

the BEST odor inhibitor and window cleaner is Vinegar !!! Blended with different ratios of water for specific jobs !!!
Please make sure you post your results. Maybe I'm draw to this because of the Rum...
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:43 PM   #20
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Please make sure you post your results. Maybe I'm draw to this because of the Rum...
AHHH, Now a trip to the Bahamas is now On My Mind
Rum Run anyone ???
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:49 PM   #21
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I use a couple of big bottles of cheap vodka to winterize our moho...empty the lines, add the vodka, and run it thru the pump till it foams coming out of the taps...much better than that pink stuff you have to flush and flush and flush...unfortunately, it doesn't taste too good, but, then, it's cheap...haven't tried rum, but...mike
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I use a couple of big bottles of cheap vodka to winterize our moho...empty the lines, add the vodka, and run it thru the pump till it foams coming out of the taps...much better than that pink stuff you have to flush and flush and flush...unfortunately, it doesn't taste too good, but, then, it's cheap...haven't tried rum, but...mike
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I would think the alcohol would attack any rubber or vinyl it contacts, by making it expand.

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I would think the alcohol would attack any rubber or vinyl it contacts, by making it expand.

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Drink the Alcohol, cheap or not, and run the pink stuff through the Lines
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:28 AM   #24
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If you don't polish...you will always want to.
If you do polish ...you will always wonder why you did it.

We want to see photos after your done too.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:12 AM   #25
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I say polish. I stripped my Argosy this spring/Summer it took many many many hours but now that it is polished I love how it looks. I was able to get the whole thing to a mirror finish, well except the end caps. Now I need to get the caps painted this winter. I have some great ideas for that. Good luck.
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ETOH in the system...

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Mike.

I would think the alcohol would attack any rubber or vinyl it contacts, by making it expand.

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Andy,
It hasn't, yet, and the results so far have been ok...the expansion of the rubber/vinyl is preferable to the expansion of water in the pipes...we've been down to 11 degrees in the last couple of days...I really hate dealing with the pink stuff, and don't know what its residue does to you...vodka, on the other hand, is a quantifiable and predictable outcome...a slow attack on your liver, and an excellent cleanser of the pipe sysemm
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