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Old 03-25-2014, 01:41 PM   #15
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The 70's vintage trailers had clear coat applied to them, but by now, much of it has probably disintegrated and washed away. You will likely need to use a stripper on the vertical sections, but the more horizontal sections may already be clear coat free. The best toothpaste to use is the old opaque "pasty" type, not a gel. The black stuff is aluminum oxide that is coming off. If there is a clear coat, then you won't do anything but smear toothpaste on your trailer. It takes a few minutes of rubbing to get the oxide moving.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:48 PM   #16
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I don't have anything your vintage but I believe you have the plasticote type clearcoat.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:23 PM   #17
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The clear coat that was on the majority of my '73 bubbled up at the touch of the Aircraft stripper. The stuff that is on the "new" segment is bullet proof--seems to be invulnerable to any chemical--I'll try the Marine stripper if I can find it and it has anything more hostile than the Aircraft stripper, otherwise, I'll be breaking out the sand paper.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:30 PM   #18
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So, it's been 6 months. What happened to the new panel? Did you sand? How did it go?
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:30 PM   #19
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oooops. it's been 3 months, lol.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:33 PM   #20
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Well, I started working on the interior, thinking that I would get back to the exterior once I have a bed to sleep on. I did buy some Marine stripper stuff, but I am not sure that it is the stripper of myth and legend--I'll give it a try here pretty soon...


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on a vintage sewing machine group, i just heard about soda blasting used on aircraft? "gentle" sand blasting?
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:51 AM   #22
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I expect the new stuff weakens with exposure to UV as most polymers do. Colorado is not very hot but they get tons of UV due to high altitudes and lack of clouds and humidity. I expect the UV damaged plasticote is much easier to remove than the new stuff.

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Soda blasting, eh... Well, I haven't gotten that desperate yet. Plus, I have had metal parts sand blasted in the past, and they typically protect threaded surfaces with a bit of masking tape, so this plasticote may be pretty resistant to light blast media. Vintage sewing machines, now--that's interesting too. I have a Singer 7-34 sitting on my work bench trying to compete with my Airstream for attention...
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I will someday be in the market for a morse 4300. blue. i love them.
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