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Old 05-01-2016, 09:19 PM   #1
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Dark marks on my Overlander?

Hello to all! I recently acquired a "pasture find" 1966 Overlander and plan to document my restoration in these pages. I need to see if anyone has experienced this particular issue of dark marks on the exterior, It is only on the rear quarter and one side. I tried the recommended compound and the area around the marks polished up but, the marks remained. Does anyone have a remedy for this?
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to Airforums! It's difficult to tell from the photos, but maybe someone started to polish the Overlander and the black marks are from the residue left from that attempt.

Did you try to polish the marks out?
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:40 AM   #3
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Hello Rick and thanks for the response. Yes, I also was wondering if a previous owner had attempted to polish it, or worse, used some chemical on it and left the marks. They are oddly symmetrical arcs and only in a couple of places. I used the Nuvite G6 and worked it with a wool pad, which did a nice job on the non-marked areas. I'm a bit worried about working it too much and causing damage to the aluminum.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:41 PM   #4
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The top photo is before buffing, the last photo is after buffing with G6.
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:02 PM   #5
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Those marks are from something rubbing the aluminum repeatedly. Possibly a cover, or bushes/tree branches.You might need to strip it, especially if there was a clearcoat on the aluminum.
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:52 PM   #6
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Somebody had it covered with a tarp of some sort! Have seen it before! Aluminum does NOT like plastic tarp at all!
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:26 PM   #7
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Looks like some thing was rubbing on it like a tarp. The marks will come out with some work.
The PO of mine had a para-glider next to it and the sail rubbed on it.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:23 AM   #8
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I want to thank everyone for the great response. I'll put some more elbow grease into it and let you know how it goes. I was just worried about damaging the aluminum.

Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:10 AM   #9
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ours was a field find too. It had some marks and spots that needed wet sanding to remove. However some idiot scratched their name in the side panel. I have tried everything to get it out, and it is less visible, but still able to be seen there. I am afraid to sand it any heavier. I also have a wandering black streak down the middle that refuses to go away.
Some of these "beauty marks" will have to be lived with. Overall our trailer shines and I am pleased with the look.
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Old 05-03-2016, 12:27 PM   #10
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I hear you AlanSD. I'm afraid that "Nick-n-Nora 4ever" will be on the front panel of mine 4ever!
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Old 05-03-2016, 01:12 PM   #12
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Just curious what you paid for your Overlander. I found a '73 Sovereign in excellent original condition for $2500. Seems like a good price to me. Anybody? You can email me at tampatomgirl@gmail.com if you'd rather not share publicly. Really just looking for advise on this '73. Thanks all ��
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:05 PM   #13
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I almost hate to tell you. It belonged to the father of a guy I work with, who passed on before he got around to restoring it. It sat in his pasture for 18 years. He told me if I could get the tires to hold air and pull it off I could have it. It will be a total re-build, but the frame is in good shape and the body is good.
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mine was a low price as it was disgusting inside and rough looking outside. But it got revived and renewed ( whew!) and has been a lot of fun over the past 5 years.
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