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Old 09-15-2005, 09:55 PM   #1
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Rivet Chemical Peel for an old gal

Hey guys and gals I have finally started to put my 63 back together, and I have some really cool shade tree techniques for a first step polish job.
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#1 use dow h/d oven cleaner to strip off the old plastic coat.
(be careful of the new plasic covers and lights)
#2 a cheap $20 palm sander and red scotchbrite pads (from Northern) takes off almost all of the funky scratches and stains (including rust). I used dish soap and water as a lubricant, a garden hose to follow.
#3 always remember when you are doing a frame-up you MUST have a tight roof before you start the inside work.
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Old 09-16-2005, 10:44 AM   #2
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how about a picture of it after your cleaning.
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Better watch out, the stuff in oven cleaner dissolves aluminum. We used in a lab at college to strip the aluminum coatings off of telescope mirrors we were building. I'm leery of using it for this application.
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:08 AM   #4
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. . We used in a lab at college to strip the aluminum coatings off of telescope mirrors we were building.
Why would you want to strip the aluminum? Wouldn't that be an anti-mirror?

Were you looking for anti-matter?
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:25 AM   #5
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I wouldn't use red scotchbrite it is too coarse for the alclad .I used white.
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Old 09-16-2005, 12:51 PM   #6
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We stripped it off in order to recoat when the mirrors got too pitted and scratched from exposure to the elements. Completely removed the whole thin coat in about two applications.
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aircraft stripper

i once knew a girl who worked for Pan Am....... on another thread they are talking about aircraft stripper from Wal Mart - is that the same as oven cleaner or is it something different,
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:39 PM   #8
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Yeah you guys are correct about eating up the aluminum, got to watch your egg timer and work in patches, but man it keeps up with me in the hyper mode.

As far as the red scotch Brite it does leave scratches but it takes the 40 years of oxidation and texas tree sap off. I did say that it was a 'first step'.
all that I am trying to do right now is get her clean enough to get new sealer into all them leaky seams and rivets.
MUST SHED WATER !!!
MUST KEEPOUT SNOW !!
I'll try to post a post pic when it is post.
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mirror finish

so after you have done the red scotchbrite, what is it that makes the mirror finish ???? does that again fade and if so after how long - parked outside
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Have you done a test area and polished to mirrror shine after cleaning with the red.I have been able to remove heavy oxidation with the white scotch brite.
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i havent done any more than the red

whats next?
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:54 PM   #12
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Well guys I'm about14 hours in and I have gotten out of this what I wanted. almost the entire shell is a uniform satin silver color. all of the nasty looking plasti-coat is gone. just so you know I am not trying for a mirror finish; just something uniformily grey and easy to keep up. the old finish was so bad that it made her look like nobody cared. It now looks 'presentable and will get further attention when the intereior is finished. like I said before there is no sence putting the new interior in untill ALL the leaks have been stopped. I plan on a really good wash and wax after the proflex has been squeezd into all the tiny little cracks. Than later (mabye) the polishing will continue.
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Old 09-23-2005, 10:37 AM   #13
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The sanding done now it's onto the preservation. After many trials of differant topical coatings, I tried plain old Turtle wax paste and it makes this baby shed water like.... a new car. Even some of the small leaks stopped. Guess thats a good reason to stay up on the waxing later. I almost hate to start digging out the old seam sealer but, that is the plan so away we go. I did find a couple of thind\gs that I did not know were missing. MY TRICEP MUSCLES A KILLING ME !!!
This will do a fine job of protecting this rig from re-injuring the new floor.
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