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Old 11-04-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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Removing paint from exterior

PO painted a few spots with silver paint on the exterior. Tried Citristrip and it didn't touch it. Hoping Removall 220 will do better. Anyone have any other ideas? Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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Aircraft Stripper by Kleen Strip - works great but is nasty stuff.



I used it both for our clearcoat on our '64 and on some of the tough spots on our '56 interior.

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Old 11-04-2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Shari. I appreciate the input.
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Glad to help...but be forewarned, usually the reason a PO would paint a bit of the exterior is that there is some kind of damage, scratches or a Bondo repair lurking underneath ~ rarely (like never!) will you be lucky enough to find unadulterated aluminum under paint on the exterior. Why else would they have painted it?

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Shari,

We have our fingers crossed on the exterior. It seems the PO painted over rusty screws and latches instead of replacing with new. Gotta love the quick fix.

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Twink,

Shouldn't that be 67twinKY?

We replaced most all of our screws, latches and other hardware with stainless steel over the years. You can find the stainless at some hardware stores, most marine stores like West Marine and Spruce Aircraft, which also has the stripper mentioned above.
Looking at your recent number of post you guys seem to be very ambitious and excited about the Airstream. Enjoy your project and hope to see you down the road.

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Paint is finally gone!

Seems the PO decided to paint over the old caravan numbers with very thick silver paint instead of removing them. After 4 applications of aircraft stripper (that's right, I really said 4) the paint is finally gone We're very lucky there was no damage hidden beneath the paint.
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