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Old 08-07-2014, 12:33 AM   #1
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Clear coat stripping

I am using Citristrip to remove clear coat off my 89 Excella, but find a stubborn residual film present after rinsing stripper off with water.
Any ideas on how to prevent this result, or to remove it?
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:57 AM   #2
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Hmm, I work in a sign shop and we use a glue remover called rapid remover, it is citris based so may be very similar. It doesn't seem to like water when ever I wipe something down with water right after while the citris stuff is still present there is a reaction that goes milky hazy white... I would recommend testing a small area where you do not rinse with water but buff your citris off witha dry cloth and then just let evaporation happen and see how that works. Give it a hose down after its evaporated and let us know how it worked.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:07 PM   #3
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Sometimes it takes more than one coat of stripper to remove all the clear coat. You might also try "Aircraft Stripper," which is available at some auto parts stores. It is really nasty stuff, but may remove the coating quicker than citrus strip (but it is nasty!).
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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Yes , use the Aircraft Remover , I did it with googles and a pair of shorts. Brush it on and after about 2 min. pressure wash it off. If you have good water pressure a hose will prob work. Just don't let it get on your glasses if you wear them and protect your eyes anyways. If it gets on your skin use water and wash it off , it's not that bad. Just keep it out of your eyes , Citrustrip does not compare.


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Old 10-21-2014, 06:51 PM   #5
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This is for an '86 34' Ltd: Do I need to dismount the awnings if I use aircraft stripper to remove the clear coat on the roof and just above the awnings? And does it need certain temp conditions to work?

I will remove the "sunglasses" that protect the front pano windows--I know it doesn't take much to damage their finish.

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Old 10-22-2014, 09:22 PM   #6
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:01 AM   #7
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I would.
Yuck. I was afraid of that.

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Old 10-26-2014, 04:55 AM   #8
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First, test the area above the awnings with a little polish (or toothpaste). The sun may have stripped the clear coat there already. There was no clear coat left on the upper parts of our trailer when we stripped it.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:06 AM   #9
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There must be something up there on the aluminum above the awnings because it has turned a rusty orange color in patches. That's why we are considering stripping at all. Anyone have any idea what/why this orange stuff is??

But it is probably a good idea to at least test, very carefully, an area above the awnings with the aircraft stripper before we dismount the awnings, just in case the stripper doesn't touch the orange stuff, whatever it is.

The trailer has lived its life in high-and-dry Idaho, so it is unlikely that the orange stuff is some kind of mold or lichen, but I would welcome any suggestions.

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I am prepping my trailer now for stripping the clear and polishing - removing trim, lights, awnings etc. I'm going to be using a product called E3000 Ekostrip from Aircraft spruce STEWART SYSTEMS EKOSTRIP from Aircraft Spruce about $100/gal

You can also get your polishing supplies from them as well.
3 locations, one in CA, GA, and one in Ontario Canada.
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