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Old 06-05-2002, 01:40 AM   #15
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Polishing A/S

Just read with great interests the numerous products for stripping clear coating off the A/S. I agree, with the usuage of Citristrip as I've been using it to strip our 'Silver Turtle'. So far, the progress looks fantastic. I've found one thing tho, the outside temp. needs to be ideal and, with the use of this product that means between 60 to 80 degrees..(Doesn't get much hotter than that here anyway) There's only been a few areas where I ended up having to go back over it again. Either the clear coating was sprayed on extra thick or, my arms didn't make the right motions..lol Just to pass on, I've been using one of these ladders that you can buy from 'Home Depot' that folds into 18 different directions with great success. Haven't fallen yet~ I wanted to mention that, Andy..we thank you for your comments and, your love for A/S. It's nice to have such a true gentlman, such as you, in our forum. I don't know just how much interest there would be in seeing pictures of my work in progress but, if I may say so. I've posted around 74 pictures of that on another URL. If anyone would like, drop me an email at: towner1@adelphia.net
I'll be glad to point the way. (I lov'd to post some here but, the web resources seems to be rather limited and, besides it's not a great idea to post'em twice..lol) I should be ordering my polisher shortly, as I wanta push on..Again, thanks to all for the timing info that we gleemed off this forum.
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Old 06-05-2002, 01:59 AM   #16
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Welcome Vern...

74 pictures huh?!? That sounds great, I know I want to see them. Maybe you could post the link?

Also, if you would like to load them into your "Photo Gallery" so other members can make comments about them & future members can learn from thoose comments. Let me know, I would be glad to enhance your privileges. I have the upload limits set for now. Once I can get a better feel for the needs of our members I plan on increasing them or deleting them.

Once again, welcome to the forums!

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Old 06-05-2002, 01:07 PM   #17
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Re: Welcome Vern...

Thanks for the warm welcome Andy..
Here's the url:http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group...eamdotcom2/lst
once there just go to the 8th folder in the list.
Again thanks,
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Old 06-05-2002, 04:58 PM   #18
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Vern,
I thought I recognized your user name. I have visited the yahoogroups airstreamII, airstreamassistance, airstreamdotcom and airstreamlovers sites and have seen your posts on at least one of them. Glad you found this site and good to have you aboard. Craig
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Old 06-06-2002, 03:48 PM   #19
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hey vern, I saw those pics...

HEY, I would say that the pictures vern posted on the Yahoo Groups site were good to show the use of the stripper on the TT. I just wonder how long it took.
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Old 06-07-2002, 12:54 PM   #20
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Hi Steve~
Thanks ~!~
I must confess, it was done very leisurely over a two week period. Given that, we've had rain to throw a curve in the schedulin..Don't you just lov the weather?
On the average, the Citristrip takes about 30 to 45 min to react. I then used a very damp terry cloth to wipe it off, continued this until I had it cleaned up. Followed by hosin it down with water then, I'd wipe it dry..I must admit that, a quicker job could be had by simply hosin it down...But..:-} that's not me.
The hardest part comes next..lol polishin actually shouldn't be too bad as can be seen in the pitures, the skin is in excellent condition.
Again, thanks for lookin..
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Old 06-07-2002, 01:40 PM   #21
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Well, I wish I could say the same for mine. I have lots of aluminum oxidation and scatches on mine, and 2 nice size dents in the front and back sections. I have just learnt to appreciate that she is still holdin up. I just havent broke down to the polishing part yet and hope to some time have a polisher. Just saving up the $$$.
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Hey,
What happens to the aluminum if the oxidation is not removed?
Is it just not pretty and shiney? does it eat a hole it? or break it down in some way??
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Old 07-26-2002, 04:35 PM   #23
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Oxidation makes the skin look cloudy and dull. If your airstream has the plasticoat still on it, it may look dull, but a good washing and waxing should revive it, as it did my 82.
The plasticoat if worn off or stripped off, will leave the bare aluminum which gets dull and cloudy and must be polished to regain a shine. It will depend on how much elbow grease and effort is put in as to how shiny it gets. Then it must be re-coated, so it does not have to be repolished ....although I think the polish and then a good wax job frequently will keep it looking pretty nice.
Mine has some small areas with no plasticoat, but most of it is still coated. I wax it with non abrasive turle wax liquid, and it seems to hold up for about 3 to 4 months. The small non coated areas I polished by hand, just for grins and they shine a bit more, but add to the overall look. Someday I might strip and polish the whole thing....but I know I will need darker sun glasses to look at it!!
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The never-ending project!!I must have well over 250 hours into the job now.Had to take several extended breaks due to my lower back acting up and some weather delays.....but the end is FINALLY in sight!If the weather holds,I should have it completely finished off in one more week's time.

I've been using the Nuvite products w/ sweatshirt material for polishing and am happy with the results.I knew it was a big job when I started,but it really takes getting into the project to REALLY grasp just how much work is involved.

Next up will be sealing some seams and joints that need doing and then the painting (with Por-15 products) of the tongue,bumper and step.

By the end of Summer,my exterior should be complete.And I thought I would have it done by the end of June...HAH!
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Oh I hear you on that! Between camping trips and vacations - I've slowed down quite a bit. I've finished the pre-polish and plan to start the polish coat this weekend. It seems like I was waiting forever for the temperature to hit 65F and now I sitting here thinking, geez - it's going to be fall soon - better get back to polishing!
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