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Old 09-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #1
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normal for polishing?

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the wife and I finally got the 73 safari back from the mothership. dropped a bundle but we hope it will be the beginning of a new life for us. in any event, we decided to do some polishing this weekend.

the folks at airstream assured us our unit had not been clear-coated so we skipped the stripping. we have been polishing and gotten the results pictured.

is this normal? should we be doing something different - it this clear-coating?

any advice would be appreciated!

TIA herb
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looks like clear coating to me.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:15 PM   #3
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clear (almost) coat

Yep! Thats what it was at one time. Find out who at Airstream told you different. Make note of the name and avoid in the future.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:26 PM   #4
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Time for some stripping! The coach that is.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info - thought I dodged a bullet.

Silly me!
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Its not much of a bullet. Get a couple gallons of removal and a good hose. If I was still in Berea I would come by and give you a hand with it.
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:43 PM   #7
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Itís clear coated, stripping it is not a problem but don't wash the stripper off with a hose. The stripper will get into seams and seals and continue to eat away and the leaks will start.

I used a stripper and then wiped the panel with lacquer thinner, no leaks and no residue.
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If you use Removall ( brand name) the water will wash it all off and it will not harm any vinyl or trim. Just be sure to coat it well or you will miss some spots.
One can did my 31' Sovereign.
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By western standards you being in OK and me in NM we are practically next door neighbors. You are welcome anytime to stop in for some cowboy coffee and polish mine.
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Itís clear coated, stripping it is not a problem but don't wash the stripper off with a hose. The stripper will get into seams and seals and continue to eat away and the leaks will start.

I used a stripper and then wiped the panel with lacquer thinner, no leaks and no residue.
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Using Aircraft Stripper after it has dried a bit a plastic putty knife with a light touch takes everything right off without scratching.
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Hey General

By western standards you being in OK and me in NM we are practically next door neighbors. You are welcome anytime to stop in for some cowboy coffee and polish mine.
Nice try, I think if your read cafefully, I was saying I would help with stiping the clear coat. On the other hand, you never know whats going to happen. By the way, I see you are just outside of Alb, I will make sure and wave next time Im on my way up to the Jemez Mts. I love it up there, but man o man how it has changed in the last 20 years.
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