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Old 07-28-2016, 05:43 PM   #1
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as shell cleaning / restoration

I am a new member. I just purchased a 1973 sovereign land yacht. I have been reading threads on stripping the gel-coat on A.S. why is this done? Short of doing that what is the best /safest general cleaning method of the skin? What is the best way to polish? Thanks for any help.


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Old 07-28-2016, 06:54 PM   #2
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We stripped off our clear coat with aircraft stripper. It was failing in many areas. Some swear by the environmentally friendly strippers, but it didn't have any effect on ours. Once the clear coat was off, the trailer looked much better overall, to the point we've been asked how we've polished (we haven't yet). We are still exploring what we want to use to get the mill finish we're going for. We use car wash and wax, cleans the trailer well.
Polishing is kind of a religious subject here on the forums. There are many threads devoted to it. Some of it seems to depend on what you want your final look to be. We don't want high polish because we don't want to spend the time to maintain it. That said, polished trailers are BEAUTIFUL!
Keep reading, and welcome!


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Old 07-28-2016, 07:45 PM   #3
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we used aircraft stripper to remove the plastic-coat, we are pleased with the new look. Some areas in front are pitted and we have quite a bit of fillform corrosion. I will just keep washing and waxing for now, here are a couple pictures of the difference you can see removing the old coating made ours shine. Good luck there is plenty of threads on the Airforum to guide you just do a search.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:20 PM   #4
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We scrubbed with Awesome Cleaner $1 per bottle at the Dollar Tree. It really is awesome. You can see it dissolving the crud before you even start scrubbing. Then I used Citristrip "environmentally friendly" to take off the failing clear coat. It worked well but takes longer to complete the action than the more aggressive strippers. Our trayla was very splotchy. The stripping helped but we still have some corrosion. We do not plan to do a high polish and as others have noted it requires some upkeep. I would like to find the "easy route" to a even finish. Maybe I'm dreaming.
+1 to Minno. Polished trailers ARE beautiful.
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