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Old 03-09-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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Polishing questions

Working on our 68 Tradewind....trying to polish the spots where trim and all can go back on and have run into some challenges. On the upper sections (close up picture) it works as folks describe pretty much.....buffer creates the black residue and then produces a nice shine...using Nuvite #7 presently.
BUT on the sides, there appears to be a coating that I have to literally grind through with the compound...lots of compound, lots of pressure.....an hour will get about 6 to 8 sq. inches done! Note in the picture of the rear section the difference between the shined area and that next to it. I have used strippers of all kinds, lacquer thinner, mineral spirits.....all to no avail. Any thoughts would really be appreciated.
Interior is going back together by the way....after a long 2 month winter hibernation period.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #2
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Looks like you have not removed the clear coat yet. Have you?

This section might help you. Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing - Airstream Forums
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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that's what I am thinking.....but I did all the stripping steps that I could find, using every manner of solvent....or so I thought.....is there a sure fire way to strip this off?
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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Have you tried aircraft stripper? It comes in a spray can & can be found at Auto Zone or Advanced Auto.
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The Plastic-Coat was thick on the sides of the trailer. Very thine to none at all on the roof and curves of most of the roof. The plastic-coat came off like blistered skin off the sides. It was necessary to apply the remover several times to get it all off. I had the best results when I left it on for a while. I would apply it to the whole side, go back to where I started and then scrub it with a truck wash brush, reapplying as necessary. Don't be in a big hurry to wash the stripper off. It will continue to work with the
chucks of plastic-coat in it. Hang in there, it's worth the effort!



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Old 03-11-2010, 06:15 AM   #6
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stripping questions

Thanks all....I am encouraged....again....and will try some of the aircraft stripper you all recommend. Thank you so much for taking the time to help on the forum!
Supposed to rain for a few days, so time to check those last pesky leaks and then actually start on inside bathroom and plumbing and all....it will be nice to have space in my shop again without working around piles of AS parts!
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Thanks all....I am encouraged....again....and will try some of the aircraft stripper you all recommend.
It also comes in a gallon can that you brush on. Having used both, I find that to be more economical and easier to use because you can put it on thicker and it works better. Not to mention there isn't overspray...and all those little cans.

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Thanks all....I am encouraged....again....and will try some of the aircraft stripper you all recommend. Thank you so much for taking the time to help on the forum!
Supposed to rain for a few days, so time to check those last pesky leaks and then actually start on inside bathroom and plumbing and all....it will be nice to have space in my shop again without working around piles of AS parts!
Shimps,Try to find the Kleen Strip Aircraft Stripper in the blue can with the airplane on front.The main ingredient is ammonia.The one that is not marked"low odor" is the one to use.I used both and it works better.(the formula is different) Got mine at a body shop -paint supply.Removall220(available at VTS now is also good though I have not used)
I put on starting at the bottom.I let sit for about 10 min. or so then used a small nylon brush to make swirls .When I finished I let sit another 5 then power hosed off.
I did have to go back and do tough spots (and you will see what you missed.
CAUTION!!! This is tough stuff so use rubber gloves,a really good two side mask,and eye protection.
On a 28 ft. it took me about 3 days to get it all.
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Thanks all....I am encouraged....again....and will try some of the aircraft stripper you all recommend. Thank you so much for taking the time to help on the forum!
Supposed to rain for a few days, so time to check those last pesky leaks and then actually start on inside bathroom and plumbing and all....it will be nice to have space in my shop again without working around piles of AS parts!
I don't know what the outside temp was when you tried to strip the last time, but be sure it is above 55 deg or the stripper will not work as well if at all. I'm giving you this from experience.
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Stripping the Tradewind

Thanks again all.....picked a few warm days and it was amazing....all done now and doing a bit of polishing when I get tired of fitting drain lines and all.....took some god pictures that I plan to include in my "saga" one day....
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Have you tried aircraft stripper? It comes in a spray can & can be found at Auto Zone or Advanced Auto.
Does this stuff work to take off the argosy paint?
I have a 76 Argosy 20 TT and the ends look like this.
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so you can see why I want to strip it.
Also I was wondering if anyone else has a "SHINY" Argosy?
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:49 PM   #12
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Does this stuff work to take off the argosy paint?

Also I was wondering if anyone else has a "SHINY" Argosy?
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I would consider preping it and repaint it. You can paint it aluminum, which would have a comparable finish to an Airstream with clear coat but last several times longer.

I assume you know Argosy endcaps are galvanized..
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I would consider preping it and repaint it. You can paint it aluminum, which would have a comparable finish to an Airstream with clear coat but last several times longer.

I assume you know Argosy endcaps are galvanized..
no I did not, thanks now I have to buy paint
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Does this stuff work to take off the argosy paint?
I have a 76 Argosy 20 TT and the ends look like this.


so you can see why I want to strip it.
Also I was wondering if anyone else has a "SHINY" Argosy?
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no I did not, thanks now I have to buy paint
Aircraft Stripper will remove the paint, but you will have to repaint when you're done.
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