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Old 08-13-2010, 09:50 AM   #1
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Stripping vinyl from interior skin

I want to strip the original vinyl covering which is glued to the interior skin. I have 1 hole in the aluminum skin that I know I will have to repair, but I am hoping to get the vinyl off without further damaging the surface. I assume that I should only use plastic tools, but would appreciate any advice on chemical stripper, tools, and methods. I did see a post somewhere where someone said "a lot of work, but well worth the trouble". Again, any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:23 PM   #2
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Like most things - someone, somewhere has tried exactly what you are!

Here's a few threads you might look at... searching the forum gives more results but these look like they're pretty in-depth (sorry if you've already looked through them):

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...alls-2625.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...els-13341.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...out-41968.html

You should be able to find some useful info in these threads! I know I couldn't commit to that much work. Course, I'll waste hours cleaning my truck with Q-tips and dental picks but shucks...

Laura
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:34 PM   #3
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Stripping interior Vinyl from Aluminum

I have just read through a bunch of advice and information on stripping interior vinyl. Great information regarding strippers and methods. I am wondering though....My 1973 Sovereign has end caps made of maybe plastic or fibreglass. Is there an interior aluminum skin under this? Or will I remove it and find framing members, insulation and wiring? I was looking forward to having shiny aluminum ends. I already have to remove the front end cap to get at and repair an exterior dent, but wasn't planning on putting the plastic/fibreglass end cap back up. Anybody know what I will find here?
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Wires and insulation is all you will find.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:26 PM   #5
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On our '72, they're fiberglass. They cover insulation and wiring, but there are no ribs there, and there is no aluminum backing. They are a pain in the patatootie to put back up. They fasten around the window and at the rib where the trailer starts to "flatten" out. We destroyed our front cap getting it down but it was cracked and not really worth saving. The rear one came down and went back up. I think he's planning on making an aluminum end cap as others have done for the front. Should be worth learning a few new words, I'll bet, by the time he gets done!
Hope this helps!

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Old 08-13-2010, 09:37 PM   #6
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Well, the rear end cap is fiberglass, but the front end cap was plastic.

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