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Old 06-01-2014, 09:03 PM   #15
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Thank you everyone! I had to cover her with the tarp again...more rain! My son is getting married next week- end so it will be awhile before we start back at it. Again thank you!
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Splitrock... That is a beautiful coach! You can come do mine if your up to it!
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:12 AM   #17
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Thank you everyone! I had to cover her with the tarp again...more rain! My son is getting married next week- end so it will be awhile before we start back at it. Again thank you!
Why are you covering with a tarp? A tarp flapping in the wind can damage the surface of soft aluminum.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:36 AM   #18
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When you start again, work small areas with the stripper. It's easier to keep the stripper wet and active if you don't cover the whole trailer at once. Ours had areas where there was no clear coat left and nothing for the stripper to do, and it had areas that needed two applications of stripper to get it all. The clear coat will bubble up after the stripper starts to work, so you can tell which you have for that particular spot.

Aircraft Stripper works fast, but be sure to protect your skin and especially your eyes. Stings when you get it on your skin. Water neutralizes it, so have a hose nearby. Don't even want to think what it would do if it got in the eyes. Goggles, face shield, or maybe both.
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:40 AM   #19
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Why are you covering with a tarp? A tarp flapping in the wind can damage the surface of soft aluminum.

We are covering it with tarp because we are replacing 2 windows - we had to remove the plexiglass to clean the glass frame- both windows are currently out, all of the weather stripping around all of the windows is removed - have new to install and we have removed most of the old caulking around the all vents on top, the astrodome is also currently off and we have a replacement that needs to be installed. We do not have a large enough space to store it inside. We have it wrapped / tied like a Christmas present so that it won't flap around. It will be awhile before I can keep it uncovered.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:08 AM   #20
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What year is your Airstream? If the windows are Plexiglass what are you replacing them with? If you are replacing them with plastic, Plexiglass is acrylic but using a polycarbonate like Lexan would be a better choice.
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What year is your Airstream? If the windows are Plexiglass what are you replacing them with? If you are replacing them with plastic, Plexiglass is acrylic but using a polycarbonate like Lexan would be a better choice.

It is a 1967. All windows are glass except for 2 windows. The PO installed plexiglass instead of replacing with the curved glass. I have ordered the correct glass but haven't installed it yet.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:21 AM   #22
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We did some stripping of our Airstream and 10 minutes isn't enough, I found that 40-45 minutes is what it takes to just wash it off with a hose. I would reapply let it set and see what happens.

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Old 09-18-2014, 07:12 PM   #23
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I am polishing my '67 again, Nuvite F7 brings out a nice shine on the sides but has some white spots, but the caps and roof have little black spots that look like pits.

In an area on the roof I have tried 3M 800 and 1000 grit wet sandpaper (wet sanding), 3M Super Duty Rubbing Compound, F9 and F7, the panel still had little pits. That is a lot of work. I am afraid to use the sandpaper method, will that burn thru the Alclad? I have Met-All too, mild polish like Nuvite S. I have the Dewalt polisher w/ wool pads and Cyclo all purchased from VTS.

No wonder the Pro's charge $1,000's....
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:15 PM   #24
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Polishing is hard work, but made easier by a good polisher.
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:09 PM   #25
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Try from another angle

You might want to consider going at this from a different angle. You could use a cotton wheel and clay bar polishing compound. I think it goes much faster than face pad polishing. You want about an 8" cotton wheel and keep the polisher around 3000-3500 rpm. You need an arbour adapter for the polisher, bit it's cheap, then use subsequent grades of polishing bars. Bar colors vary by manufacturer. I got my supplies from Caswell Plating. You can watch a good video on the technique here:
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Nice video.

I might have to rethink my technique...
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We have begun the process of stripping the clear coat from our 1969 Overlander using Aircraft Stripper. It was late afternoon and somewhat sunny, but cool. We left it on about 15 to 20 minutes, which was the amount of time listed in the directions on the can. After spray washing it off there are still some areas and streaks, of what seems to be the dried stripper. Any suggestions of how to get this off? The temps in our area are running in the 70's during the day and 50's at night. Read a post suggesting to leave it on overnight. A little nervous about that. Is there any way that could damage the aluminum shell? Will it eat through? We also have white spots like the previous post.
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Please help- stripped and started polishing- white spots

The only good way I have found to remove dried stripper is to put wet stripper back over it, and it still kind of sucks.

Wet stripper plus some careful scraping or brushing.
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