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Old 05-03-2010, 12:04 PM   #29
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Sorry Cap.

I had NO 12v in my 53 (as you know) when I brought her home. I do now though

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Old 05-10-2010, 12:34 PM   #30
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On to another mystery

O.K. ....now I am at a point where I want to start sealing things up. The main door needs new rubber seals. I will work that...BUT, why does the door on this 56 not use the same rivet on door seal I have seen on all other 56 Flying Clouds? Not that I want it (my 47 has that seal and it sucks)...because of the major labor required to install it. Any other Clouds with this seal on the door? How about the inner door? What seal have you decided to use?
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:22 PM   #31
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And now, another mystery...

Contrary to plans not to polish...I decided that with the other repairs needed it would look better all polished. I have polished three other Airstreams so know the problems.
This one got me today. I could not get a good initial cut with my compounding....it looked like an acid rain etch on the aluminum. I took a break and drilled off a drip cap I plan to repair/replace. To my suprise...it looks like the body had been polished previously AND a clear coat of some sort had been applied. I had been trying to polish what I thought was un coated panels. Now I can see why I was getting nowhere. So I ordered some more Removeall...lets see what that does. My time is now in a crunch....trying to get the trailer usable for the ABQ restoration Rally.
Look at this picture....does it look clear coated to you?
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:12 PM   #32
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No, I would've guessed it wasn't... but's broken down so bad that it's allowing it to oxidize under the clearcoat. Did it turn black at all when you compounded?

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Old 05-13-2010, 11:31 PM   #33
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Robin,

That trailer is a mess... I dont think there is any hope for it and you should bring it out to Novato and just cut bait and save yourself the overall frustration. Clearcoat or not.. free yourself of the wreck and let me help you out.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:47 PM   #34
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Thanks anyway...

I like the idea of Novato....but....I think I will stick it out here a bit more. I bought some more stripper and some sisal wheels....will it never end?
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Ok.. have it your way Robin. Just tryin to help out a brother. I have an open spot where a Moho once was.. and truth be told, I love that lil Flying cloud
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:21 PM   #36
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See you at the Resto Rally, I'm giving the Metal Demo.
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:47 AM   #37
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missed the resto ralley....the mystery continues.

I was really hoping to get help on this polish problem from you all at the Rally...Had other commitment.
So I struggle onward. Here are some pictures of the situation...I hope you have an idea.....I know elbow grease will be a prime suggestion.
Note the horizontal formation of the corrosion lines in the door photo. That is how the whole thing looked. Then look at the vertical "drip" lines along the sides and top....They are actually imprinted, not etched onto the aluminum. I have resorted to using Black bar compounding with a Caswell sisal wheel. That for the initial compounding. (Thanks to you Steve) Then a Caswell brown bar with sisal....the sewn cotton wheel won't hack the job and the vertical lines are not touched. I have Nuvite F9, F7 G6 C and S standing by with the Cyclo. Its not like I have never done a polish with good results...this is different.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:15 PM   #38
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100 + degrees

This is not fun.
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To explain what is hard to see it photos after MR did the polishing cuts the skin looks like the skin of an orange as in pic #1 on post.
I drove over for a look the week before the Resto rally for a close up.
Aerowood are you out there after meeting you last weekend I am sure this is a problem you have seen in your line of work.
MR hang in there,it's a great trailer.Steve
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Definatley making progress.... nice cool days here in California.
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Aerowood are you out there after meeting you last weekend I am sure this is a problem you have seen in your line of work.
I've been experimenting with a couple of different ideas but have not come up with anything positive yet. I will be gone again tomorrow until the 28th at which time I plan to take some vacation to work on my GT, and will try a couple of different things. I have been collecting a varied assortment of products to experiment with. Levon my have some good ideas also.
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Judging by the drip lines and the horizontal "brush" marks, it looks like someone "painted" some acid wash or something on the metal, which "burned" or etched the skin.

Maybe a wetsand approach might be in order... but I'm afraid the alclad may have been harmed in the original wash...
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