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Old 06-19-2014, 08:40 PM   #15
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I bought the stripper at advanced auto today, do I need to scrub at it or just apply then wash off with power washer? Step by step with this product would be great. I looked at forums and there are LOTS of opinions.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:54 AM   #16
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Spray it, leave it on until it stops bubbling, and wipe it off with paper towels. If you spray it with water & you missed a spot or two, it'll be a mess to clean up before you can go back and get the spots you missed. Go get a big package of Viva paper towels. They don't leave scratch marks like some cheap brands do. Have fun!
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:09 AM   #17
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I bought the stripper at advanced auto today, do I need to scrub at it or just apply then wash off with power washer? Step by step with this product would be great. I looked at forums and there are LOTS of opinions.
Application depends on the type of stripper you bought. Follow the instructions written on the package.

What I did using Citristrip: brush a heavy coat of stripper on 5-6 square feet - While waiting until the finish dissolves, do not let the stripper get dry, add more as needed - wipe down the area with paper towels to expose any left on finish - scrub (scrubby pads, tooth picks, and plastic putty knife) the spots that were left while re-applying stripper as needed - wash when the stubborn spots are done.
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:22 AM   #18
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I just finished stripping my '77 with Smart Strip from Home Depot.

It worked Great, no heavy odor, not too bad on the skin.
Brushed on a light coat which flashed over by the time I got to the end of the trailer, then brushed on a heavier coat over the first. Waited an hour and pressure washed it all off.
A few small spots needed a second application. It was overcast and I think that helped keep it wet longer.

I used 2 gallon pails on my 23' trailer.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:33 PM   #19
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Thanks so much! Looking forward to stripping this weekend!
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:16 PM   #20
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Oh....now you did it.....replies to follow! :-D
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:13 PM   #21
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I bought the stripper at advanced auto today, do I need to scrub at it or just apply then wash off with power washer? Step by step with this product would be great. I looked at forums and there are LOTS of opinions.
I applied the stripper with a brush and lots of it bubbled up within minutes. I waited 15 minutes and power washed it off. IT DOES NOT TAKE EVERYTHING OFF THE FIRST TIME! I had to go over it at least three times. MOst of it comes off the first time, but there always seems to be some left on the skin. I still have to get the small stuff that is in tough spots but most is off now.
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It seems that one of my panels have a newer replacement panel... Can newer panels be polished to a mirror finish like the vintage panels?
Depends on whether it was replaced with the same type of alloyed aluminum. The originals are 2024-T3. Does it look the same or does it have different grain? Unless you know the alloy, you'll just have to try a spot and see if it polishes the same ~ I guess if the Airstream factory or dealer did the replacement, it should be the same...if a PO, then it's anybodies guess.

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Old 06-26-2014, 09:27 AM   #23
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Do I need to strip clear coat prior to buffing and polishing the trailer
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:43 AM   #24
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:55 AM   #25
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What does the aluminum look like after stripping? Is it presentable? Can you just go ahead and wax it and leave as is?

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:07 PM   #26
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What does the aluminum look like after stripping? Is it presentable? Can you just go ahead and wax it and leave as is?

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If the clear coat was still intact before the stripper was applied, then the aluminum was protected, and it will look very decent after stripping.

If the clear coat had failed and the aluminum had started to oxidize, then the streaks of oxidation will still be visible when the remainder of the clear coat is stripped.

Our trailer had areas of both when we stripped what was left of the clear coat.

Good news about aluminum is that the aluminum oxide that forms on the surface protects the aluminum under it. All that's needed is to polish off that thin coating of oxide for the aluminum to look good again.

Our trailer came back to a very nice "original finish" shine with a pass or two of a Cyclo with yellow wool pads and some Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish from the local auto parts store. The Cyclo was designed to polish aluminum aircraft structure, and we found no swirl marks at all when it was used as the first (and last) pass with no sweatshirt material over the pads.
It was still a lot of work, but it turned a streaky-looking old trailer into a shiny old trailer.

The amount of effort required to polish an Airstream depends upon which result makes the owner happy. If you want mirror finish, then you'll do three or four times as much work as we did.
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:52 PM   #27
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Still working on getting the 68' overlander stripped. It's coming along well but the top panel is not doing as well as the bottom. Do you think the clear coat is already gone or what?Click image for larger version

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Still working on getting the 68' overlander stripped. It's coming along well but the top panel is not doing as well as the bottom. Do you think the clear coat is already gone or what?Attachment 215021Attachment 215022
The top part looks like the clearcoat is long gone. We are doing a similar project. This is before:



You can't see it in the pics, but ours looks like yours; shiny on the bottom and dull on the top.

After we stripped, we sealed every seam and rivet. Very time consuming!!!

We then experimented with different ways to polish the skin.
Currently we arfe using Diamond Bright (15 bucks) or Brasso (3 bucks), then wipe it off after they dry. THEN, we use buffing/polishing wheels attached to a regular electric drill and tried different resins. Looks like we are using mostly the white on the buffing/polishing wheel.

That's where we are at right now..... Experimenting and learning.

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