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Old 08-29-2007, 10:05 PM   #1
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Clearcoat Removal

I am a newbie and a more confused than ever on the subject of clearcoat removal and what to do next.

I have a 1971 Safari 23' with deteriorated clearcoat. I plan to use Napier Removall 220 stripper. Now, for the what to do next question-I prefer not to spend the time or the money required to polish to a mirror finish-at least for now. Can I not just for the sake of protecting my Airstream from further (and or future) corrosion damage by removing the clearcoat and then simply waxing. If so, what is recommended?

Also, has anyone heard of or used a product called Alodine 1001 (brightens aluminum and protects from corrosion) from Aircraft Spruce & Speciality Co. ?

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:08 PM   #2
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Haven't heard of it, but there's a guy in Gilroy, CA who has a company that specializes in cleaning metal, specifically anodized aluminum. I had a 1968 Streamline (anodized aluminum trailer) and I took it to him to get the yellowing out. The trailer was spotless, when I got it back. Here's the link:

metal wax.com

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:44 PM   #3
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Alodine is NOT a wax. It is a chemical reactive coating it bonds to the aluminum. This is how they made Wally's golden trailer.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:24 AM   #4
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Haven't heard of it, but there's a guy in Gilroy, CA who has a company that specializes in cleaning metal, specifically anodized aluminum. I had a 1968 Streamline (anodized aluminum trailer) and I took it to him to get the yellowing out. The trailer was spotless, when I got it back. Here's the link:

metal wax.com

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I used it, great stuff about 40 hours for 31', the part that has the clear coat removed will go very fast with metal wax, the parts you may have with some corosian used red compound on first, than metal wax.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:14 AM   #5
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I, like thecatsandi, Initially thought NO on the Alodine 1001. But then I got to thinking (it happens) and the Alodine that I've been using for years and years is Alodine 1200 or 1201 and I had never heard of 1001, So I looked it up and was somewhat surprised at what I read. It Reads "An invisible coat to provide in-depth corrosion proofing to the brightened aluminum surface and act as a firm (film ?) barrier against the elements and continued corrosion). I might buy a qt. and see what it does to a bare piece of aluminum. I guess I'm never to old to try something different and new to me.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:39 PM   #6
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Alodine 1001

NOT ONLY NO, BUT HECK NO !!!

We just picked up a quart of Alodine 1001 from Aircraft Spruce.

Cost $ 16.30.

The WARNING LABELS state the following.

POSSIBLE CANCER HAZARD: Contains chromic acid which may cause cancer. Risk of cancer depends on duration and level of exposure.

WARNING: May cause eye burns and skin irritation. Harmful if sqallowed. Contact with organic materials may cause a fire after evaporation of water. Contains acidic chromates and Fluorides.


Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing.
Avoid breathing mist from solution.
Avoid contact with combustible materials.

In case of contact flush eyes or skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.

SKIN CONTACT: Immediately take off all contaminated clothing. Flush with large amouints of water. Soak the affected area for one hour in an iced solution of (0.13 %) of Zephiran chloride (30 cc of 17% concentrate per gallon of iced distilled water.)

GET MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.

Remove contaminated clothing and/or shoes. Wash clothing before reuse.

DISCARD contaminated shoes.

Also comes with six pages of "material Safety Data Sheet."

Lastly. FOR PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY.

Hope this helps those that may have considered using this material.

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Old 08-30-2007, 01:44 PM   #7
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Nix The Alodine

Thanks Andy for the reply on Alodine. How is something like that is even on the market?

So now back to the original question. What can I use to protect the trailer after removing what is left of the clearcoat (keeping in mind that I am not prepared for polishing as yet)?

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Old 08-30-2007, 02:05 PM   #8
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Thanks Andy for the reply on Alodine. How is something like that is even on the market?

So now back to the original question. What can I use to protect the trailer after removing what is left of the clearcoat (keeping in mind that I am not prepared for polishing as yet)?

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You can use a good automotive paste or liquid wax.

Walbernize is for the clear coat, not aluminum.

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Old 09-06-2007, 08:43 PM   #9
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re: Napier Removall 220

I can't say enough about how great that product is. I stripped my 25 foot Tradewind in one day with Napier Removall 220. I had tried several other products on the inspection covers and found it to be a lot of work wiping and scraping the sticky paint removers. The Removall could be left on four hours and I just powerwashed it off. The aluminum under the clear coat looked great. I almost decided to forget about polishing it and just leave it stripped.
I googled "Napier" and got a number in Quebec and they then directed me to the closest distributer. I had the product in four days. I used one gallon at about $75 to do the whole trailer. I needed every drop though, not a bit of extra. BTW this was a 1971 trailer with nearly perfect clear coat.

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Old 09-06-2007, 09:07 PM   #10
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We looked for the Removall 220 at ICI paints which was where I was told to get it. They told us it had been discontinued. We did find a branch that still had 2 gallons on the shelf, but after driving over an hour to get there we discovered it was old and had broken down. Wasted trip. Very dissappointing after all the good things we have read about it here.
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:24 PM   #11
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Use Aircraft Stripper at most any auto parts start .
Read the directions. Just brush it on. Let it sit for 30min.
Then agitate with brush and hose off. Want a mirror shine?
Check this out.....DVD Polishing Guide
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So is there no hope in finding the removall 220 if you are looking to buy it local? I would rather use this product, as i have read you dont have to run around the camper scraping all off...and i have a few airstreams to do so it would save me alot of hassle.
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Also, i have read alot about polishing the campers with nuvite...where can you get this?
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So is there no hope in finding the removall 220 if you are looking to buy it local? I would rather use this product, as i have read you dont have to run around the camper scraping all off...and i have a few airstreams to do so it would save me alot of hassle.
I don't know about the local issue but vintage trailer suppy carries it. Works great and in friendly to the environment

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