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Old 06-26-2017, 08:54 PM   #1
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Is this clear coat or oxidized aluminum?

I think the clear coat has mostly been removed but I can't tell if there is residue or if it's something else.

When I try and polish it gets black so I'm definitely down to aluminum in most areas.

I'm talking about the non shiny parts

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Old 06-26-2017, 08:56 PM   #2
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Hi

It's *very* unclear what that picture is showing.

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It's *very* unclear what that picture is showing.

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I circled some of the spots

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Have you tried more striper on those areas?
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Have you tried more striper on those areas?
Looks like patches of residual clear coat to me. More Stripper.
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Yah I'm going to try more stopper tomorrow. I was about to put the letters and badges back on and I polished around where they go but some of those areas were not polishing out. I was hoping to avoid having to strip now that there are so many holes in the skin
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Yah I'm going to try more stopper tomorrow. I was about to put the letters and badges back on and I polished around where they go but some of those areas were not polishing out. I was hoping to avoid having to strip now that there are so many holes in the skin
Tape over the holes.
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Is this clear coat or oxidized aluminum?

So this morning on a couple panels including the one in the picture above I added more stripper and it didn't do much. I then polished that spot with some truck box polish and I could still see those spots. When I run my fingernail over the spots it's as smooth as can be so I might have to polish this with a higher grit to get those spots out.

You'll notice some areas that look like brush strokes but those were there when I got the AS. The only thing I can think of is that it from and old stripping job and it's an etching of the aluminum.






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Couple things, tape off your plastics(lights) that you don't want to replace and it looks like you are using a spray on stripper? Citristrip? I found that to be too messy as in getting on things I wasn't wanting it on and and you still need to brush it to get an even coverage. I would try next a different brand of stripper applied directly to the trouble spots and see what happens.
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The whitefish splotches look like oxidation from when the stripper was originally removed or breached. The shiner parts are from where the clear coat remained intact longer. The only way to even it out to to remove all the clear coat (if it isn't already gone) and compound/polish the trailer or wait for the whole thing to oxidize...

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The whitefish splotches look like oxidation from when the stripper was originally removed or breached. The shiner parts are from where the clear coat remained intact longer. The only way to even it out to to remove all the clear coat (if it isn't already gone) and compound/polish the trailer or wait for the whole thing to oxidize...

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So the compound paste will get it cut to the same look then polish. Makes sense.
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try sanding those spots out with 1000 -> 1200 grit and then polishing. don't sand in one small spot only.
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