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Old 03-03-2008, 05:03 PM   #15
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I just don't understand what the clear coat is for? What is the point of stripping it off? Do you have to put new clear coat back on?

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Clearcoat was originaly applied to the aluminum to protect it from oxidizing. Over time (how long varies based on it's environment), it fails and becomes a chalky white and peels or wears off, which a lot of people think looks ratty. At that point you have several options:

1) Live with it like it is
2) Strip off the clear coat and live with the end result...which can be splotchy
3) Strip it, polish it then let it reoxidize evenly
4) Strip it, polish it then reclearcoat it
5) Strip it, polish it, maintain the polish
6) Strip it and paint it

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Old 03-03-2008, 07:09 PM   #16
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Or option #7- Strip it and keep it waxed...
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:28 PM   #17
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I am getting ready to paint the inside of my 1962 globetrotter. The inside is old zolatone. Does anyone know if the Citistrip will work to prepare the inside for painting?
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:39 PM   #18
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If the old Zolatone is intact (not flaking) just clean the surface with something like TSP, rinse well then prime and paint. No need to strip the Zolatone - the paint will stick much better to it than bare metal.

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Old 03-15-2008, 11:37 AM   #19
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citristrip?

No luck with the citristrip?tried it for 1 hour,2-4 hours and then overnite.applied it to and around a really shiney spot where the clearcoat had flaked off,with no luck at all.i guess i will try the aircraft stripper.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:49 AM   #20
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I think I'd probably try the RemoveAll before I tried aircraft stripper. I've never used RemoveAll, but many folks around here seem to swear by it.

I have used the aircraft stripper, and it's really nasty stuff.

Andy-- can you tell us what you normally use in your shop?
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:01 PM   #21
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No luck with the citristrip?tried it for 1 hour,2-4 hours and then overnite.applied it to and around a really shiney spot where the clearcoat had flaked off,with no luck at all.i guess i will try the aircraft stripper.
Wait a minute! The stripper is to remove clearcoat, not to apply to areas that don't have any clearcoat left. Or did I just read you wrong?

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Old 03-15-2008, 12:36 PM   #22
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I think I'd probably try the RemoveAll before I tried aircraft stripper. I've never used RemoveAll, but many folks around here seem to swear by it.

I have used the aircraft stripper, and it's really nasty stuff.

Andy-- can you tell us what you normally use in your shop?
Same old story, you get what you pay for.

I have posted a number of times that we use Aircraft stripper.

Why???

Becauase it gets the job done "now" and without attacking the aluminum, like some strippers will do.

Using cheaper stripper is ok, if a person wants to spend many many hours horsing around trying to get the stripper off.

The bottom line with cheap strippers is that some of them will damage the metal appearance, some will not work, some will take many applications before they work, and a very few do the job, but they do cost more money.

If time is of any interest, then using commercial stripper is the only way to go.

As a dealer, we cannot afford to waste a bunch of time stripping a coach, just to save a couple of bucks by using a cheap stripper material.

As with most things regarding an Airstream, do it right, or leave it alone. Doing things second best, usually come back when you least expect it, only to haunt you.

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Old 03-15-2008, 02:11 PM   #23
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Thanks for the response, Andy.

As I said, I've never used the RemoveAll and can't really comment on it, but others around here seem to be pleased with its effectiveness.

I have used the aircraft stripper for various projects, and it's definitely effective, but really nasty to deal with. For use in a contained area like a shop I can imagine that it is ideal. For use in your front yard, well, might be a different story.
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:19 PM   #24
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Question.......before applying the aircraft stripper, should I take the plastic running lights off of the coach, or, is there a way to protect them without removing them.

Thanks for any advice.....I am thinking on beginning the stripping and polishing project this summer.
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Question.......before applying the aircraft stripper, should I take the plastic running lights off of the coach, or, is there a way to protect them without removing them.

Thanks for any advice.....I am thinking on beginning the stripping and polishing project this summer.
Remove ALL the exterior plastic components. Check to make sure that all the windows in your 66 are glass. If not, any non-glass window must be protected from the stripper. Masking paper won't do the trick.

Since you have a 66, you should consider replacing all the exterior lights with LED's, since the original clearance light bases have shrunk.

Seal all the seams, "before" you replasticoat, using Vulkem and Parbond.

Also check all the exterior gaskets. If they are original, they are shot, and if not, the stripper will finish them off.

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Old 03-15-2008, 03:06 PM   #26
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Isn't Removeall easier on your caulk around vents, windows, etc. and your gaskets? I've already redone all of the above (first thing I did after buying my leaking AS), but also need to remove the clearcoat this summer. I tried a bit of the Auto Stripper and it almost ate my skin off when the wind blew it on me! I did use the RemoveAll when I did my former AS and it didn't seem to effect these things at all. It worked well, but was pretty pricey. I did have to go over some places twice too. I'm afraid of using the aircraft stripper due to the new caulk & gaskets.
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That citristrip wasnt cheap.it cost 20 bucks for a half gal? aircraft stripper is 33 bucks a gal.can you hose off the removall,or the aircraft remover? Andy,how much are those led lites?sure would look good
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That citristrip wasnt cheap.it cost 20 bucks for a half gal? aircraft stripper is 33 bucks a gal.can you hose off the removall,or the aircraft remover? Andy,how much are those led lites?sure would look good
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