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Old 03-14-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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Clearcoat Removal

I have read somewhere that a clear coat remover had been used that you apply
at dusk and hose off at dawn. Does anyone know the name of the product?
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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Clearcoat Removal.

Hello fellow Streamer. When I had my 88 recoated at P&S, in Ohio, they stripped the old clearcoat off with lacquer thinner. I ask Steve how he kept the place from blowing up as the lacquer smell was so strong that it made the eyes water, and he said everybody was especially carefull during the stripdown process. I guess they must be as P&S has been doing airstream for many years.
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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Evidently Santa Barbara has perfect weather for dusk application and dawn removal.

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Old 04-20-2014, 10:37 PM   #4
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I used the Home Depot stripper then used the power washer 30 minutes later. Did individual sections and went pretty quick. The key to it is the power washer.
I started using a plastic scraper etc based on the stripper directions and that took forever. The power washer took about 25 percent of the time.

Good luck!
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:43 PM   #5
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Citrus strip from the hardware store works fine. "Aircraft Stripper" from the auto parts store is better, but really nasty. The pressure washed helps. 30 minutes is all you need.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:26 AM   #6
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For years, the "go-to" product was "Removall". No longer made. Now the best product is apparently Eldorado PR-5044. It is sold by Vintage Trailer Supply. And yes, it is the product that you apply at dusk and remove in the AM. Problem is, it is also almost impossible to get. It was being sold in 1 gallon bottles by VTS and a few others, but apparently they can no longer get a supply. It appears that the only way to get it now is in a 5 gallon bucket from a wholesale distributor.

I am planning to do my trailer soon, and have decided to go with an aircraft stripper from a local auto body store. And wear a respirator mask while I apply it!
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:55 PM   #7
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I used the Home Depot stripper then used the power washer 30 minutes later. Did individual sections and went pretty quick. The key to it is the power washer.
I started using a plastic scraper etc based on the stripper directions and that took forever. The power washer took about 25 percent of the time.

Good luck!
I went to Home Depot to buy stripper thinking you were talking about a house brand named Home Depot Stripper. No such thing. WHat was the name of the actual product you bought? Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:34 PM   #8
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Citrus Strip
Works great, smells great, cheep.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:26 PM   #9
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I went to Home Depot to buy stripper thinking you were talking about a house brand named Home Depot Stripper. No such thing. WHat was the name of the actual product you bought? Thanks!
Klean-strip is the brand. They also claim to be America's number 1 stripper brand. Who doesn't?

Anyways I apply it with a natural hair brush which works much better than the spray bottle that comes with it. Wait a few minutes per the directions then power wash it off.

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Old 05-21-2014, 09:18 PM   #10
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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?
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:44 AM   #11
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I didn't have good luck Eldorado PR-5044 product. It was too slow and due to how slow it worked it dried out quickly in the Utah sun. Other strippers are more easily available and less expensive as better alternatives. Examples being Citri Strip and Aircraft Stripper.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:27 AM   #12
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Clear Coat Stripper

Aircraft Stripper is the ONLY way to go in my opinion! I bought the citrus stuff...no luck! The aircraft stripper worked instantly! Just about finished stripping my 31 footer with this and some plastic putty knives and mineral spirits.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:21 AM   #13
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Aircraft Stripper is the ONLY way to go in my opinion! I bought the citrus stuff...no luck! The aircraft stripper worked instantly! Just about finished stripping my 31 footer with this and some plastic putty knives and mineral spirits.
We have 90 % of the clearcoat removed. Aircraft Stripper bought at Advanced Auto Parts here in Akron did the job. Tried citrus stripper and it took forever.
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I used Citristrip gel, it worked fine. It is a little slow dissolving the finish, but it did not burn my skin. It's non flammable and less volatile, so it is much safer to use and not likely to cause breathing issues. And, it is biodegradable, so not as harmful to the environment as some strippers can be. The only issue I had was that it did not stay wet as advertised, it dries pretty quickly when used outside in the breeze. When it dried I had to apply more stripper to get the first stripper off.
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