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Old 05-08-2015, 07:45 PM   #15
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Ok, so we went out and bought a quart of the Flood Penatrol tonight and I did a few sections of the Avion with it. Here is a before and after of the back right section.

I'm fairly pleased!
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:31 PM   #16
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Looks good! It's definitely better than it was, huh?

Considering that the price is right and I work cheap, I've really liked the Penetrol.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:27 AM   #17
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Looks good! It's definitely better than it was, huh?

Considering that the price is right and I work cheap, I've really liked the Penetrol.
YES! Thank you so much for all of your help! I can't express how grateful we are!!

Edited to add: I forgot to say, the only reason I'm not completely ecstatic is because you can still see the oxidation with the Penatrol, but it looks SOOOOO much better than it did before!
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:28 AM   #18
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That really looks good. I may have to rethink what to do. Jim
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YES! Thank you so much for all of your help! I can't express how grateful we are!!

Edited to add: I forgot to say, the only reason I'm not completely ecstatic is because you can still see the oxidation with the Penatrol, but it looks SOOOOO much better than it did before!
I'm glad your happy!

I think the Penetrol is a good, cheap solution. I have no experience with acid wash..... I'd like to hear from anyone who has done it. (Maybe a new thread??)

As a more almost-permanent solution, I see a trip to Cayo in our future..... we'll see.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:17 PM   #20
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We started to polish out our Overlander and got about 1/3 done with the bar abrasive and powered wool pad system...Then I remembered that I have a friend who sells semi trucks and he uses what he calls his system to "acidize" He uses it on on rims,, fuel tanks and other alum trim parts on older trucks all the time.. Leaves it a dull clean new finish with all the stains and age fuzz is removed..
Its basicly battery acid that is watered down with distilled water.
What ratios I dont know as it comes pre mixed from his semi truck parts store.. I used a "damp rag" and all the old tree sap,, black mess left behind by leave's rotting on the roof and took the gritty feeling finish off the trailer and made polishing 10 times easier and faster..
Like I said,, I used a damp rag with the acid so not to flood the seams and such so feel I did not hurt any gaskets or sealer..

Worked for us and would do it again,. Sodbust
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Permacote is a beautiful finish. Cayo cleans the trailer first with Comet cleanser and then washes the trailer with lacquer thinner. Never use steel wool on aluminum. It will turn it black in time from microscopic pieces of embedded steel. Always use aluminum wool on aluminum.
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$850-900 is a lot cheaper than doing new clear-coat. P&S charge about $4500 for a 25 ft

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Does the acid remove the anodization? Jim
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I'm pretty sure the acid will remove the annoization. I've heard people recommend using Bon Ami (a mild comet) to clean and get the worst of the oxidation off and then covering with finish (wax, flood, etc). That is my plan but I haven't had to time to get to it yet.
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The acid wash should remove the oxidation from the aluminum, but keep in mind the finish will look much different. I believe people call it a satin look. If you decide to polish it will help a bit.
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Why would you want to remove the anodization? Jim
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Why would you want to remove the anodization? Jim
I think that would be a HUGE mistake. My goal, anyway, would be to remove oxidation. I like the anodized finish.
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