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Old 04-16-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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well we rescued a 68' airstream tradewind twin, trailer was sitting out on a farm, we redid the inside, and redid the brakes and such, new tires, i have a few questions, heres a pic of it, how hard is it to remove the clear coat? and what products can i use to do so, thanks!
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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After 40+ years, I would think that all of the clear coat is gone. Can you see small pieces that are still intact or is all of the surface the same?
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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most of it is actually decent, but it has streaks, we pulled it out of a barn, bought her for 500 bucks, farmer didnt know what he had =)
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Wow,,, what a find.. Wish my 72 was at that price and the picture looks good,..

Welcome, and I want to stand real near you so some of that luck can rub off..

Mine the PO used some 120 grit sand paper on most and was a real pain to polish out.. I gave up and used some 1200 and then 1600 grit..

Warning,, if I had to do it all over again I think I would have just acid washed it and called it good.. Once you start with the polish in a small area its a full time job to finish.. Our Overlander I'm up to 80+ hours and still have all the detail around the lights and letters yet to do.. I still am looking at another total pass with the super fine polish.

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Old 04-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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well we are finishing up the inside, its 99% done, then il post pics, when we removed the beds, we found the original 1968 booklet and all the advertising.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:52 PM   #8
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Greetings from Trenton. There are now officially two Airstreams in Trenton. Welcome to the forums and I hope to see you at some local rallies in the future.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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nice to meet ya steve! are you the one i always see sitting down by olive st area?
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That's me, but you'll rarely see the trailer in the driveway on a beautiful weather weekend.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #11
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we are hoping to do a lot more camping this year as well, we did take it out to sportsmans once last year as a test, seemed to be fine. Shes old but stout.
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Back to original question... The most successful removal technique seems to be "aircraft stripper" or Super Strip often sold at big box hardware or paint places.. It can do a number on plastics, but if applied carefully and then washed off with hose/pressure washer, it will remove all of the remaining clearcoat... Be sure and consider where the residue gunk will be going as you finish the job... (or with ALL the money you saved on GREAT deal, you could take it to a local auto body shop or aircraft paint shop and have them strip it for you...)
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #13
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im thinkin we are just gonna leave it alone, it looks good still, its gonna need better tires, what kinda tires would yall recommend putting on this thing? the original ones were bias, should i stick with something like that?
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