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Old 02-23-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Is this old clear coat?

Am starting the stripping process. Is this what the old clear coat looks like? How do I remove these splotches?
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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Yep. That is clear coat residue. Spot clean it with the same clear coat stripper you used to remove the preponderance of the clear coat.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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As the clearcoat continues to fail more aluminum is exposed to the the time that new area is less than the first failure and therefore looks different. You need to assure than all the clearcoat has been removed before you start polishing. Use a paint stripper to remove the remaining clearcoat.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:54 PM   #4
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Perfect, thanks for the insight!
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:40 PM   #5
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Is this clear coat or heavy oxidation? Both panels, upper and lower have been stripped with citri stripper. What is wrong with the upper panel?


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Old 02-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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The upper panel is a different alloy then the lower and has oxidized at a different rate. They will both polish up to look the same.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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What Aerowood said...

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What is wrong with the upper panel?
...and, it was stretched when it was formed, so it looks different. But when polished, they look the same ~

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:16 AM   #8
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Do I have to polish to get ride of the oxidation? I know this is crazy to AO enthusiasts but can I polish and not go all the way to mirror finish? In other words can I make the top panels look like the lower. Not perfect, but good enough to get rollin.

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Do I have to polish to get ride of the oxidation? I know this is crazy to AO enthusiasts but can I polish and not go all the way to mirror finish? In other words can I make the top panels look like the lower. Not perfect, but good enough to get rollin.
The shininess of your trailer has no relationship to it's ability to "get rollin". I'm sure it rolls just fine as it is!

Many people opt out of the polishing completely and use their trailers just fine! It's not necessary to polish at all - or if you do, you don't need to take it to the full mirror finish level that we have. BUT, it's really hard to polish "a little" and have it look even. To remove the oxidation and not look splotchy, you have to get through it evenly, if not it's almost worse than if you do nothing. You can also try some hand polishing with various products to try & even out the corners - but it's a slippery slope, once you start - it's tough to stop. But with power tools, it's kinda an "all -or-nothing" approach. It's kinda like bring to paint a dark wall "white" with one coat of paint...it doesn't really work.

There are alternatives to maintaining a mirror finish...you can polish it once (or pay someone to do it for you), to get it even, then clearcaot it OR let it begin the oxidation process all over again. Some folks have either walnut shell or soda-basted it to give it a more satin finish - but this isn't a DIY project for most. And many, many people just o out & enjoy them with the patina of their years. Whatever you do, get out & enjoy - your trailer looks like it's skins are in pretty good shape as they are!

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:12 AM   #10
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It does roll just fine! But I can't be rolling in a two tone. Thanks for your insight that is helpful. Based on what you can see from the pic I posted How many times would I need to go over the top panel to get it looking like the lower? I know that is hard to answer I'm just trying to get a handle on how long this will take. Do I need to polish 2,3,4 times. Thanks for your help, this forum is a great tool!
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I thought about doing the job myself, but with the lack of time due to working and my obvious lack of patience, I am having it professionally done. I'm not, however, having it re-clear coated. I will keep wax on it and spend a day a year keeping the shine up to date. It's actually the clearcoat that oxidizes long before the aluminum does and if maintaines annually it should be just fine.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:04 AM   #12
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Original finish polish

We had the two-tone trailer problem also. After we stripped the old clear coat, we went over the oxidized areas with a Cyclo polisher, yellow wool pads, and some Mag and Aluminium polish from the auto supply store. Basically one pass polishing (although a few spots needed two), and we have a nice looking trailer.

Other people can do the mirror finish. We qualify as too old to attempt that much work.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:33 AM   #13
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Very helpful and nice looking trailer! That is what I am after for this season.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:32 PM   #14
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After we stripped the old clear coat, we went over the oxidized areas with a Cyclo polisher, yellow wool pads, and some Mag and Aluminium polish from the auto supply store. Basically one pass polishing (although a few spots needed two),

These may be silly questions but I am new at this. Do the yellow wool pads fit the cyclo polisher or are they something in addition to the polishers?
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