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Old 03-18-2015, 08:26 PM   #1
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HELP! Citrus Strip left milky spots

I applied the Citrus Strip , left it on for about 4 hours, power washed and it seemed to work pretty good. But I missed a few spots , so I re-applied and left it overnight. power washed the heck out of it. But I still have these milky spots. So then I took it to a Airstream refurbisher in Johnson City Tx. and he applied Aircraft stripper to the entire trailer. Still got the spots. He says I have to polish it to get them out.

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Old 03-18-2015, 08:29 PM   #2
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Have you tried a hand wax or light compounding?


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Old 03-18-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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In a small test area, try hand buffing it out with a cloth soaked with the citrus strip. Do not add water to rinse off, just buff it off with a new clean cloth. I know with a citrus product I use at work I get the milkyness when water is added so I just let it evaporate then wash a while later.

Let me know how it works for you
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:22 AM   #4
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I removed my clear coat using Citrustrip, aircraft stripper, and a clean-up "wash." I got some spots that might be described as milky spots, but I don't think they were the result of any of the strippers I used. Being that my trailer was a '73, the clear coat was irregularly disintegrating all over the trailer, so I am more inclined to believe that I had spots where there was no clear coat, that had already started oxidizing (perhaps accelerated by a blob of bird crap), and when the rest of the clear coat came off, revealing fairly shiny aluminum underneath, these oxidized spots became very visible.

Eventually I will polish the entire trailer. Something you might try on these milky areas is a bit of that "Diamond Brite" aluminum toolbox polish (you can find it at the big box hardware stores and some autoparts stores). It has a little chemical oxidation remover, and a little bit of abrasive to it.

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Old 03-19-2015, 10:31 AM   #5
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Post pics please..!

Maybe, leaving on the citrus strip for overnight was to long? I bought some but have not tried it yet.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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I'm preparing to stripping my '64 Overlander and considering the citrus strip. Hope to get an update when you figure out the solution.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:32 PM   #7
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citrus strip

I used Mothers cleaning wax and it worked. But if I had to do it over again I think I'd pay somebody to strip it with aircraft cleaner. That stuff is really strong and I don't want really feel like messing with it. You have to have a special chemical resistant brush to apply it or your brush disolves. Leave it to a pro

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