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Old 05-18-2012, 03:49 PM   #15
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That is a great cleaning solution for fiberglass, I use a similar concoction on boats, but I would never use it on Aluminum. Way too corrosive.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #16
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2 years ago I cleaned the interior panels with a bleach mix called 'Patio Furniture Cleaner'. It did a great job on the plastic fabric laminate aluminum on tthe interior of my '66. When I cleaned that material that lines the inside of the door the door was open. I sprayed that cleaner on and cleaned that up beautifully. BUT When I closed the door I discovered that the overspray landed on the outside aluminum side. 2 years later I am still polishing out the spots.

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Old 05-19-2012, 05:08 AM   #17
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I was just reading this post because my new (1971 Silverstream) is now in my possession and I notice these tiny white spots all over the aluminum. It has been sitting for 10 years but I don't think the exterior has ever been cleaned other than with water. Could you give me a recommendation on how to remove the white spots/oxidation? and get the aluminum in clean looking condition? I also have a strip of gold on the trailer about 5" wide around the centerline... Thank you...
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The exterior skin is not like an Airstream except that both are aluminum. The alloy and thickness are different, and the skin has been anodized (a hardening process) to avoid typical aluminum discoloration, etc.

Search in Vintage Kin on how to clean anodized (and what to avoid).

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I'm trying to find something that will take the sticky residue off of the front of my 1990 Excella. Previous owners had their numbers, stars, WB circular decal on the aluminum, and although I got them off, I can't get anything to take off the residue.

Tried soap, then Truck Box Polish, then same with a PC polisher, then mineral spirits, then goo gone and nothing cuts it. Acetone probably would but that is one of my final most drastic choices. Should I go ahead and use paint stripper and take off the remains of the clear coat, would that do it? I don't want to use anything that will pit or damage the aluminum.

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I'm trying to find something that will take the sticky residue off of the front of my 1990 Excella. Previous owners had their numbers, stars, WB circular decal on the aluminum, and although I got them off, I can't get anything to take off the residue.

Tried soap, then Truck Box Polish, then same with a PC polisher, then mineral spirits, then goo gone and nothing cuts it. Acetone probably would but that is one of my final most drastic choices. Should I go ahead and use paint stripper and take off the remains of the clear coat, would that do it? I don't want to use anything that will pit or damage the aluminum.

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I've seen recommendations of using MEK as a last resort (for your FYI Box, not as first or even second choice).
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Thanks. I did use a hair dryer gun on high (it was quite hot) to get the decals off in the first place, that and a plastic scraper. I could use a painter's heat gun but that has scorchingly hot heat. I was afraid of getting the aluminum skin too hot in one place and have it distort.

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