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Old 03-16-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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I just got an experienced 1962 trade wind that needs a little TLC. I want to polish the outside. Reading about the strippers, First would that be the best thing to use on my AS. Second where I would get and what is it called. Iím Ready to start my new adventure.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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There are "green" and more industrial strippers. I use Aircraft Stripper, which falls into the latter category. Get it at an auto parts or auto paint store.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:21 PM   #3
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Welcome 65gto
There are some very good orange based strippers out there. I would go that route, rather than use the methylene chloride strippers. Read through some of the threads on polishing in the forums and you will find what you need.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:53 PM   #4
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Not sure there would be clearcoat on a '62, would there be?

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Old 03-16-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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Lots to read about this subject. Airforums has many pages Here. VintageAirstream.com has a great resource and how to page Here. Vintagetrailersupply.com has a page on this also Here. Hope not to overwhelm you with all this. Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:30 PM   #6
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Dito (post #4) I don't believe that a 62 has a clear coat so no stripping is needed, just buffing, alot. My 63 TW dosen't have a clear coat.
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I believe the clearcoat was an option starting in the late fifties and became standard in the mid sixties. I have a '64 and I was told it was still optional that year.
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It was my understanding that the clear coat became available in the late 60's but who knows maybe a po had it sprayed on. I would be very cautious of using the airplane stripper (which can be purchased at Walmart) it is VERY toxic. I used it on some tape on my camper and found it to work well but you must be covered and no wind. In this situation I would first consider the citrus based stripper.

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Try this link to vintageairstream.com for info on stripping and polishing. They have a recommendation for a stripper from Napier products that is non-toxic, and rinses off with a hose. Very easy.
It also says the clearcoat was an option until '63 when it became standard.
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