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Old 10-09-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Solutions for faded top

Re there any solutions this fading, pitting, top that are fairly reasonable? The rest of it is in pretty good shape, a bit of cleaning and polishing I guess. I like the look of the slightly dull color. 1987 sovereign.

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Old 10-09-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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Re there any solutions this fading, pitting, top that are fairly reasonable? The rest of it is in pretty good shape, a bit of cleaning and polishing I guess. I like the look of the slightly dull color. 1987 sovereign.

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Clear coat failure. Enough sun, enough time it happens. Wouldn't the vintage guys know how to deal with faded clear coat, dull skin?
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:07 PM   #4
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We figured it was. Just hoping to have a solution that would be gentle on the pocketbook!! I'm thinking of Bon Ami on the whole thing then a wax. I guess that would be ok, but it won't help that top :-/
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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I would take Citrastrip, paint on a small patch and hose off after a couple hours. It almost looks like the rest of your trailer is oxidizing already. It might be that once the clearcoat is removed you'll have a fairly uniform patina and then it's just a matter of letting it age gracefully.

If the small patch you removed with Citrastrip isn't noticeably brighter than the surrounding area, then remove it all. I doubt it would look worse anyway
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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That's what we call Airstream pattern baldness. I also use citrastrip and a good rinse. I'm not interested in a mirror finish so I use white diamond polish after the stripping. It is quick and very effective for a medium and beautiful finish. It's sold at most auto parts stores. Our 89-29 looked like yours before I polished it

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:18 PM   #7
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Oh, we have a Chilhowie brick on our mantle. My wife's family is from Staunton. I just drove by the factory last weekend. 😃
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:27 PM   #8
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Yes Rob! That is just the look I would like!! Staunton is a beautiful town. Thanks for the info. Glad to know there is something out there to help!

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Old 10-10-2013, 10:22 PM   #9
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My hubby has a couple of those bricks too!!
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:30 PM   #10
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So you stripped the whole thing? How much stripper and polish did you use? Did you hand polish or use a buffer? So many questions, sorry!! :-)
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I used about 2 big bottles of citrastrip from Home Depot on my 29. I paint it on with a cheap brush. Don't get it on marker,tail lights, or rubrails, it will ruin them . I started at the top and took a fairly large section at a time. Also, do it in the shade or a cloudy day. After about 10-15 minutes you will see it started to turn white and lifting the clearcoat off. Leave it on about a half an hour but each trailer will be different so more or less. On your end caps in the picture the tarnished parts won't have any clearcoat left so they won't do anything when it's applied but hit them anyway to be sure. After the clearcoat raises and turns white you can get your hose out and rinse it and wash by hand with a cloth or mitt. Rinse really well and once it's mixed with water it's neutralized and harmless. For that reason the trailer then needs to be dried before you reapply anywhere on stubborn areas. I'm getting ready to do this to our new one an 86-32.
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I bought a cheap harbor freight right angle buffer and put a waffle style pad on it from Napa for the polishing. The first time I polished, I did it by hand so it's up to you. It will take a little more effort on the areas where there was no clearcoat and it won't be perfect and look so good where the aluminum is pitted or damaged from being uncovered but it will be much improved. I use about a half dollars worth at a time on the pad and at very slow rpms at first or it will sling all over, then speed it up to about medium speed in about a 2x2 area at a time. If it's getting real black it's working, including your hands, face, and clothes. 😅 After a couple of minutes, wipe it off with a soft towel. The great thing about this stuff is it's also a sealant so no need to wax. It will bead like crazy when water hits it. Now I like to wash it after with a mild soap and water combo to get the black out of rivets and cracks etc. it's easier after the first go round and I do it a couple of times a year. It's a good time to seal all seams after stripping and I would be happy to tell you how I do that if you would like. Have fun and enjoy the outcome.
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Rob we have an airstream that also looks like it has a sealer on it in Australia Is that what you are saying to use the citrastrip on Lou
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Yes we refer to it as airstream pattern baldness. 😃 the clearcoat or plasticoat fails first on top where it's exposed to the sun and elements more, then down the sides. You will be able to see exactly where the clearcoat starts and stops when using citrastrip. You can't improve the look of the finish unless this is off. I was looking for a way to make it look nice without spending 300 hours polishing it. I like the look after not much effort with white diamond. It's great! Here is another picture of my 89. It was my trial and error trailer and now I'm moving on to my 86 that needs it bad.

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