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Old 04-14-2005, 11:45 PM   #1
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Got my polishing supplies!

OK, I'm ready to take the polishing plunge! I did the door with standard aluminum cleaner yesterday, the proper stuff arrived today and I'm sure it will be 100% better.
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:51 PM   #2
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the proper stuff arrived today
Sorry to hear that. You're doomed now - no turning back once you start. You could have gone camping this summer.....
You have one advantage: appr. 13ft to go instead of my 23ft......
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OK, I'm ready to take the polishing plunge! I did the door with standard aluminum cleaner yesterday, the proper stuff arrived today and I'm sure it will be 100% better.
Ya'll be the talk of the neighborhood...
Popeye arms by the end of summer...lol
Been there, done that.
Which "proper stuff" did you selected for this project?
Good Luck, we'll be watching for your progress reports~
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Old 04-15-2005, 01:34 AM   #4
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We've received the stripper and polishing supplies too, but our weather won't settle down. 70 a few days ago and then 2" of snow the next. With 31' of trailer, we'll probably be busy all summer. Keep us posted on how you're doing. It's so exciting to see all these beautiful ladies being resurrected from under the blotching clearcoat.
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:57 AM   #5
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I got the Nuvite and all the stuff from Perfect Polish. The stripping seems to be a pain the butt! I did the door with a spray, but I'm going to paint the rest on with a brush from here on out with a different product. Any suggestions?
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In my book the only way to go is the Napier Removall. You can either get it in a form that is designed to be applied by airless sprayer or in a form designed to be brushed on. I went the airless route. I spent 30 minutes removing light lenses and other plastic items, about 20 minutes spraying it on (2 gallons for a Caravel), let it sit for an hour then 20-30 minutes blasting the stripper along with the old clear coat off with a gas powered power washer. Stripping was the easy part by far. When I stripped my Overlander I tried everything from aircraft stripper to citrus stripper to Jabsco stripper - most anything that had methylene chloride - to no avail. I tried the Napier stuff after reading Amanda Meeker's experience with the stuff and it did the trick.
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OK, I'm ready to take the polishing plunge! I did the door with standard aluminum cleaner yesterday, the proper stuff arrived today and I'm sure it will be 100% better.
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The stripping seems to be a pain the butt! I did the door with a spray, but I'm going to paint the rest on with a brush from here on out with a different product. Any suggestions?
We ran into the same thing with the spray...'Stripping & Polishing'

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The stripping seems to be a pain the butt! I did the door with a spray, but I'm going to paint the rest on with a brush from here on out with a different product. Any suggestions?
I used Jasco stripper from Home Depot. Brush it on medium thick, in one direction only. Wait for it to milk up the clear coat, and wipe it off with paper towels. I used 2 6-packs of paper towels for the 26ft Overlander.
After wiping off the stripper/dissolved clear coat, I washed the area with clear water in a bucket and a rag, changing the water as soon as it got dirty. This method has worked very well for me.
Some areas I was able to move the stripper down to a new area with the paint brush and let it work there while wiping off the just stripped area with paper towels. I chose to do about a 2ft by 2ft section at a time, which proved to be just about right.
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It seems to be a Canadian product. Where can one get this stuff in Cali?

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It seems to be a Canadian product. Where can one get this stuff in Cali?
If you're asking about the Napier stripper, we bo't ours from www.aircraftspruce.com. At the top of their home page is a "search" function. Look under Napier and you'll find the stripper for $55.85 per gallon. There are several threads talking about this subject, and every comment I've read has said how easy and fast it works. My other reason for choosing it is that it's biodegradeable and non-toxic. When I see a hazmat charge on other products, it makes me worry. We're working on our trailer in the driveway with dogs, cats, birds and grandkids in the vicinity. Hoping to start soon and be able to add our rave reviews too.
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Old 04-16-2005, 01:26 PM   #12
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sells it under their "Hydrostrip 502" label. Works great - used it to strip my Argosy.
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I found the Hydrostrip 502 locally for $49 and change. I used an ordinary pneumatic air sprayer at 50 psi to apply it with no problems. It will still kill grass in short order though, despite being friendlier to the environment, so be mindful of that. A single application took off 99.9% of the clearcoat using a pressure washer. I will go back and get small spots that remain, such as the window frames and such using a brush.
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