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Old 04-29-2005, 01:42 PM   #1
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Pressure Wash to Remove Clearcoat?

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There is very little clearcoat left on both the top and sides of our Airstream and I'm thinking of trying to remove it just by using a pressure washer. Anyone else try this? Are we asking for trouble (leaks)?

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From what I've been warned, it's not advised to pressure wash. It might blow out sealer from joints that otherwise wouldn't leak. However, I have used a regular garden sprayer to identify leaks and know several folks who will do that for regular cleaning. It's the lower magnitude of pressure that counts, I think.

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Hello Folks,

There is very little clearcoat left on both the top and sides of our Airstream and I'm thinking of trying to remove it just by using a pressure washer. Anyone else try this? Are we asking for trouble (leaks)?

Thanks,
Unless your using some kind of stripper the pressure washer will only reemove the loose stuff, and as Mary says, you'll be asking for leaks..
I'm currently stripping mine, using Por Stripper, spray it on scrape it off, then wash it down with water and scotch brite pad. Don't it figure it's TOO sunny out to do the west facing side!
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Ok! Won't try this

We will use stripper instead of a pressure washer. Thanks for the feedback!
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Unless your using some kind of stripper the pressure washer will only reemove the loose stuff, and as Mary says, you'll be asking for leaks..
I'm currently stripping mine, using Por Stripper, spray it on scrape it off, then wash it down with water and scotch brite pad. Don't it figure it's TOO sunny out to do the west facing side!
Well I definitly wont strip the clearcoat in the sun again hehehe... The first coat dried real fast so I figured I would coat it again. When I brushed it on.. In instantly started to boil. Ended using paint thinner to get it off then paint thinner and .0000 steel wool. then when I put some polish on that area the alunimum burned my finger.. It wasnt even that hot out. Ive kept reading here about not polishing in the sun BUT im almost done with the compounding part and to be honest i cant wait hehehehe... I look like rudolf the red nosed reindeer... Went in and put some sunblock #50 on...
Amazing to see the transformation from dull to shiney.. The more I do the more neighbors ive never met come and check it out..
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