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Old 01-23-2012, 09:05 PM   #29
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I just ordered another pound of Nuvite F7. That makes three pounds so far. The aluminum has more oxidation in some areas than I had originally anticipated (also some PO issues that are polishing right out). tonight I ordered the new tailight lenses that were sacrificed to the stripper.
I think I will be wrapped up soon! Three weeks until Ft Wilderness! Nothing like a deadline for motivation!
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:46 PM   #30
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stunning results...I'm still skeered to start my 34'er...
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:38 PM   #31
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I have stripped both of my girls ( 1968 International and 1981 Excella II) with Removal All bought from Vintage Trailer Supply. It is an orange product that takes the clear coat off in about 20 minutes to 45 minutes and doesn't cause a problem with even the grass. It seems to be very eco-friendly and works like a charm. Just thought I would throw this out to anyone that is planning on starting a spring project.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:55 AM   #32
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c_lewis77 - Fantastic work! I've now done my Safari twice in 3 years and can't imagine the effort it takes to for a 34 footer. I understand 3 lbs. + of N7. My 22 footer takes almost 2 lbs. I must say that the second time was easier than the first. Please post more pics.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #33
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Looks really good!!
Are you going to seal it so oxidation doesn't gets at it!!
Can you clear-coat it again????
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:11 PM   #34
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Thanks William!
I found a product called "sharkhide" Sharkhide but I havent decided if I want to reseal or occasionally "touch-up" polish.
The most difficult and time consuming part is the first pass with F7. After that the polishing is much like waxing/ buffing a car. I am leaning towards the repolishing occasionally. I would imagine that if any sealer is applied, it would have to be stripped again if I needed to repolish... same goes with the clear coat.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:38 PM   #35
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Looks AWESOME !!! Looking to start polishing our 34' in March. The clear has started peeling down on one side. Ours is a limited with beautiful graphics on the side, passenger side peeling, drivers side in perfect shape. So they will have to go. Anyhoooo... using the stripper carefully, what are the chances of salvaging the multi colored strip around the bottom of our trailer? Would painters tape help protect the top edge? How did you save your mid stripe?
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #36
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Thanks tink!
The stripper has a jelly-like consistancy. I was careful putting it on and didnt have any problems. I used a plastic scraper to get most of it off. I had a bucket of soapy water near by to wipe off the excess. That allowed me to be more surgical with the stripping. The only odd ball thing that got me is that the stripper seems to "boil" off the trailer when it gets hot....so when you apply when the aluminum is hot it will want to drip or run.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:12 PM   #37
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I recommend CitriStrip, available at Home Depot. Brush it on, spray it off an hour later, no scraper needed. Won't harm any plastic bits (unless you let it sit on it for hours.....) I've got gray roofing paint on my Classic motorhome and CitriStrip has taken it off after being on there for about 6 hours.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:32 PM   #38
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polishing 34'

Whooeee!! What a job! I don't know if I have the stamina. If I did have the stamina, would my 1986 34' polish up that nicely?

I seem to remember reading something about A/S changing the aluminum on the body and the newer stuff doesn't polish properly. If that is so, what is the cut-off year? Someone please answer!

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #39
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Does anyone know when they stopped using Alclad aluminum? Mine is an 81. I do not see any alloy identification on the inside of the outside skins. I was hopeing to see 2024-T3 Alclad.

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #40
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According to this site ( http://www.usedairstream.com/buyer-g...eam-qualities/ ) the switch was in 82. I cant verify this, however it must be true because it is on the internet ...haha.
My AS is polishing out nice. The mfg date on my 1982 ltd is 1/29/1981. So i'm not sure if is the the 82 model year or the actual date.
On a different note, knowing that the 34' limited was only a small number of the trailers produced for the 82 model year, and 1982 was the first production year of the triple axle, is there any way to know what order/sequence it was made in jackson center? I would imagine that with a 1/29/81 mfg date my unit may be one of the first ones.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:27 PM   #41
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Your trailer looks GREAT! Now you named Nuvite and VTS where you bought the polish and pads, but what exactly did you buy as far as pads. I got the Nuvite F7, C, and S, in that order, and the polisher from Harbor Freight, but I guess I'm wondering about the pads and how many, with what abrasive. Did you also use Vintage Trailer Supply free download on polishing, or did you just strike out on your own. I'm going to try my 1971 Overlander. It's only 27', so I'm hoping it won't be too bad. Also, I've heard that if you don't want a mirror shine, do you just stop at the 'C' abrasive/polish? Thanks a bunch!
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:09 PM   #42
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Ag71:
I tried getting some generic pads at harbor freight when I bought the polisher....they didnt work at all. Vts has the wool pads on their website, they work great! You will need to get a spur and pad cleaner as well. The pads can be reused over and again. I bought 5. I change them out as needed and clean them all at the end of the day.
I have found a few areas on my trailer to be quite stubborn; they take three passes of f7 to buff out. I just received my order of f9 (it is a bit more agressive) I will let you know how it works tomorrow.
I would also look at the mushrooms and wheel drill attachments that are available at vts. They are good for the nooks and crannies.
In regards to stopping at the nuvite C, I have the C in a few spots and the reflection is pretty sharp. However when the sun directly reflects or headlights/gatage lights shine on it, you can see the funny swirl marks from the nuvite c. I suppose the S will take that out.
I reviewed the vts summary on polishing and have been feeling my way around it. It is coming along nicely. Well worth the effort!
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