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Old 04-10-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Chemical or Elbow Grease?

There, I took the rear light housings off of OB Bambi, so my questions are: Is there a chemical that will take off the old clear coating or do I use acetone and elbow grease? Also, after I am finished and they are polished, what should I use to clear coat them so that I won't have to do it again?
This had probably been covered before, but it is a little different because I have taken the offending parts off of the Airstream.

Thanks, Randy Bowman
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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I may be wrong, but from your photos, I'd say there's a fair bit of corrosion, and not just bad clear coat.

But maybe you already know that, or like I say, maybe I'm wrong...

Anyway, folks use lots of different paint strippers to remove clear coat, the citri type included. If it's bad there, isn't it bad in other places on your TT?
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Take the clear coat off with some 'zip strip' gel paint remover...you will see it rise up then wash off with soapy water and rinse and dry. Those dark spots look scary . But anyway I think 'Plasti-Kote' makes a spray can form of clear that you will like. Any other clear coats you would have to go to a body shop and get them to shoot those. Good luck with those rough places. 3M makes a remarkable affordable quart container nicknamed 'gravel in a bottle' for around 14.00. Its just a great virtuous compound for cutting through crud and raising oxidation quickly.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:14 PM   #4
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Randy...that looks like filiform corrosion to me. You will definitely need to get the clear coat off first. Let us know how it goes getting rid of it and what you did.

We had one tiny spot on one of our tail light housings (the same tail lights as yours). We stopped it in its tracks with Boeshield T-9 ( Boeshield ) and Corrosion-X ( Corrosion Technologies Corporation ). When I wash the Bambi I keep an eye our for any signs of it and if I find any I treat it right away. It also helps to wax a couple of times a year. We are lucky in that we live in a very dry climate, so that's in our favor.

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Old 04-10-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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...This had probably been covered before, but it is a little different because I have taken the offending parts off of the Airstream...
hi randy having the parts OFF makes refinishing easier...

these aren't EXACTLY the same metal, but close enough,

and bob's results are VERY NICE...

see post # 489 and # 493 below...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...tml#post606944

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...tml#post607273

one COULD respray with acrylic clearcoat, but it will eventually PEEL and look splotchy.

the advantage to pigmented coatings (SILVER paint) are durability and a uniform look.

they could also be left NAKED.

then mask off and polish annually as needed.

at least then the oxidation would be more uniform and gradual.

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Old 04-11-2010, 06:37 AM   #6
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I do not think the aluminum used on 2006 is the same as they used in 1970. Not all aluminum takes a polish like you might think...
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