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Old 10-10-2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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How bad is it?? (Truth, I can handle it!)

Hi

I am new here and new to the whole airstream world. We picked up this 92 32' excella for a pretty good deal (to be determined) and I need to know how bad it is going to be to get this thing shiny again, or if it it even possible??

A couple of questions:
Is this bad oxidization? or something else?
Do you think i need stripper?
Where to start.?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am ok with hard work as long as i know there end product is going to be good.

Thanks in advance for any help!
Paul
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:22 PM   #2
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I guess to add that 90% of the trailer looks like the upper half of the second picture. for reference
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:24 PM   #3
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I have seen much worse. I think it will clean up just fine.

That stuff around the lock looks like old sealant that needs to be scraped off. If it is vulkem or something similar use a heat gun and a plastic or wood scraper to work it off, then clean it up with mineral spirits.

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Old 10-10-2014, 06:50 PM   #4
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Sorta looks like was sand blasted. Try some wet sanding with 400 emery paper and see if that cuts it. Don't get too carried away.

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Old 10-10-2014, 07:13 PM   #5
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Looks like failed clearcoat with filiform everywhere. Have you tried polishing a small area yet?

Take some polish ( even toothpaste will do in a pinch) and rub it on the surface. If it doesn't go black immediately there's clearcoat present and you'll have to strip it.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:53 PM   #6
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That is what i thought. I looks like it has been sand blasted, I also looks like it has been painted and then sand blasted. but i have not dealt with aluminium at all so I didn't know what was what!
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I did spit on my finger and kinda rub the side to see if anything happened, and it went black so is that an indication of no clear coat?
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If it's badly failed you might still see black. Take a small area and put some paint stripper on it. If it bubbles up it should be fairly evident that there's still clearcoat.
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Does anyone know if the Excella's came painted?? I was just looking through some photos and saw photos of a '91 excella that appears to be painted. and i kinda think that may be what i am up against, was a previously painted, then sand blasted, which would make sense as the letters on the front and as you can see around the door handle there is older paint
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Looks to me like a crystallizing Clearcoat that was applied over the original clearcoat.
I would try Citri strip
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Only the Argosy came painted. Some people do paint older units with failed clearcoat and/or body damage. Once done correctly it lasts 10-20 years and looks quite nice, however it's pretty much a one way street. It has to be sanded and etched to hold paint, and the skin will never look right again if it's stripped.

I'm not a restorer, but the "sand blasted" look and the "bondo" look indicate that it might have been painted. If you want to repaint it, it's not inexpensive, and many think it ruins the resale.... But it also requires less maintenance.

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ID:	224095 this is a photo of some toothpaste scrubbed with a kitchen scrubby. Any thoughts? Also I have determined that it has been sandblasted as there is some of the old blue stripe around the name plaques and silver where the letters at the front were. So what would the steps be from here? Is the jetsco system a good one to use? Is there better ways to polish the sand blasting marks out?
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Has anyone ever dealt with a sandblasted exterior before?
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the part I do not get is why anyone would go through all the trouble of protecting windows, trim etc to sandblast a trailer?? To remove paint ??
Do you have any solvent like Lacquer thinner or Xylene around the house to try a little corner? Your last picture confuses me more, did it turn black when you tried that?
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