My 1963 Overlander Exterior
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Originally Posted by Corle0ne
Im new to the airstream community so please be gentle, I was hoping someone could let me know if the black on the top of my overlander's shell is removable? I have pictures on my blog at From the Mind of Nate
. Im not sure if it is corrosion, just dirty, or if some prior own
er just failed at buffing the trailer. Let me know what you guys think.
The discoloration on the roof and upper panels of your Overlander isn't anything out of the ordinary and can be corrected without tremendous difficulty.
- It appears that there is failed/failing PlastiCoat on both front and rear domes. PlastiCoat was an option in 1963 and may have been reapplied at some point during your coach's life. The usual remedy for this can include a combination of the following:
- Thoroughly cleaning with a mild automotive cleaner then "sealing/waxing" with Walbernize.
- Stripping the offending panels (using heavy-duty aircraft paint stripper) then sealing seams and polishing the exposed metal.
- It appears that you may have a heavy accumulation of tree sap and/or mold/mildew on the upper side panels.
- Tree sap and/or pine tar can be a real challenge to remove, but it can be done.
- I usually try to start with the mildest remedy first, and when dealing with tree sap, my usual first line of attack is very hot water with a mild detergent like Ivory. My method of application is usually to immerse an old terry cloth towel in a boiling pan of the water and detergent -- then utilizing tongs, place the toweling over the offending sap allowing the heat and moisture to "melt" the sugars in the sap allowing most of the residue to be wiped away.
- Once as much of the residue as possible has been removed, I pull out my MetAl polish and apply that repeatedly to bring the surface back to normal appearance.
Good luck with your Overlander!
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)