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Old 01-08-2012, 10:59 AM   #15
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WOW!!!
X2 - - amazing!
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:13 AM   #16
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Thanks....kind of what I thought. Stripping is a filthy job...yet your project looked intact and in beautiful shape. I like doing it like you did.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #17
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Nice job! Looking great!
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:12 PM   #18
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After 30 years, the clearcoat was in pretty rough shape. I used "superstrip" to get the clear off. I pourd it into a small shallow bucket and used a paint brush to apply. Then used a plastic scraper to remove the clear and soap and water to rempve what was left. It took a couple of tries in a few areas. Not a difficult process, you just have to be patient.
Count me in with the WOW! gang.

My clear coat is failing badly (no surprise, 40th birthday coming in a couple of years), and I have been watching any mention of stripping an AS TT.

Lots of folks talk about having the stripper product eat/ruin/disfigure the plastic on the TT. Can you comment on what you did to protect the plastic bits, or is that stripper product more benign?
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:49 PM   #19
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Absolutely beautiful!

What a great looking Airstream.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:29 AM   #20
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Very Nice.

I love the good ole' big'uns.

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:23 PM   #21
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Count me in with the WOW! gang.

My clear coat is failing badly (no surprise, 40th birthday coming in a couple of years), and I have been watching any mention of stripping an AS TT.

Lots of folks talk about having the stripper product eat/ruin/disfigure the plastic on the TT. Can you comment on what you did to protect the plastic bits, or is that stripper product more benign?
The stripper product is not benign, it is pretty nasty stuff. It pours out of the can with a consistency like wet jello. I found that if you are careful with the paint-on technique it is manageable. I removed the rock guards and unsecured the marker lights and then taped them out of the way.
I did find that when the aluminum was really hot, the stripper literally boiled off the brush and wanted to drip. (my taillight lenses became the sacrificial beasts to this discovery.... i would recommend removing them).
The removal process is easy as well. the plastic scraper gets most of it. then I used a wet rag (and bucket of water) to wipe the rest down. I would also wear gloves. Not saying how I came up with this knowledge nugget!
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #22
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Thanks for the info, Casey.
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What a beauty! Better becareful where you park that baby.. it's sure to start grass fires lol

Jk.. you do really nice work.

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Old 01-14-2012, 02:54 PM   #24
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Beautiful trailer! You are motivating me to get going on my 1974 31' Sovereign.

I am wondering about the frame and bottom exterior skin of your trailer that are black: Is that paint or some type of pickup bed liner (Linex or Herculiner)? Was the trailer originally that way from the factory (like the new Eddie Bauer edition)? I'm thinking it will be difficult and/or not worth it for me to polish all the way down there on my trailer. What do you think?

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One side almost done! A coat of nuvite f, and a little c on nose. The nooks and the window trim have been very stubborn.
Overall it is turning out great. I cant wait to take it camping again! My neighbors are going to hate me! Haha

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:36 PM   #25
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Thanks! It has taken alot of elbow grease, but worth it!
The bottom "belly roll" of my AS was a kind of dark gray when I bought it several years ago. I painted it satin black. There is an applied trim band at the transition from the side panel and belly roll that was a good break point. It seems to hide road film and dust that accumulates in those areas. My AS is the limited so the awnings and striping have black/gold accents.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:12 PM   #26
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Looks great. You can start on mine now LOL.

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:37 PM   #27
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I feel like I have polished so much aluminum so far that I might not notice I was on another trailer! Haha
I have been having weird dreams where everything was made of polished aluminum. Not the worst thing that could happen....it could be fiberglass.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #28
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Well polishing mine has not been a priority. I am trying to get all the leaks stopped on mine right now. Mine may not get polished till I retire which is going to be a while.

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