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Old 06-23-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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Can you strip painted aluminum?

We've looked at a couple of older trailers recently that had both had the top half of the trailer painted with some sort of gray material. Has anyone had experience with this, or does anyone know if you can strip it and bring the original aluminum back?


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Old 06-23-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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Yes it can be stripped. Who knows what evil lurks below? It may have been rough sanded to prep the paint.

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Old 06-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #3
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Yes but if it is an argosy at least some years the corners are steel and the middle is aluminum and depending on condition of the aluminum you may have several steps from sanding to buffing to bring it back I am in the middle of one now not hard just time consuming and to buff it correct a cyclo buffer is best
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You can both STRIP and PAINT an Airstream.

I did both with my ARGOSY project:

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Strip ó post 69 on page 5

Paint- post # 466 on page 34

A good paint job will far outlast polish. You can paint it in an Aluminum colour but why not be a leader and start a trend, one that Airstream itself might have long ago started themselves had they more imagination:

AIRSTREAMS in full, beautiful colour: Robinís Egg Blue, Lemon Yellow, Key Lime Green ÖÖ

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