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Old 10-05-2016, 02:23 PM   #1
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Strip Before or After Leak Sealing?

Just brainstorming, it's seems logical to me to strip the plastic coat (and I guess clear coat too?) before I seal it, so that the stripper doesn't eat away at any new leak stopping I've put in. BUT my fear is, since it is leaky, won't the stripper get in overlaps and be essentially sandwiched, causing more corrosion?

Also what product did you use and did you love or hate it ?
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Old 10-05-2016, 05:39 PM   #2
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I stripped my two trailers before leak testing and sealing. I also polished the trailers before leak testing and sealing. I found Aircraft Stripper found at auto parts stores and the like was effective in cutting the old clear coat off. I did not find that Aircraft Stripper harmed the aluminum skin in any way. It will eat the vinyl stripe around the beltline of the trailer, so be careful there.

I ended up using a bondo plastic scraper to scrap the stripper and clear coat off the trailer and deposited it in a little drywall mud pan. Then I collected it for safe disposal. I did a section at a time. I then rinsed the trailer with water.

I found the stripper was not effective on caulk, sealants, or silicone. Those old sealants basically have to be mechanically removed. "Pick'in and grin'in".

There are others who have a better process than mine. But this worked for me.

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Old 10-05-2016, 08:58 PM   #3
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I stripped my two trailers before leak testing and sealing. I also polished the trailers before leak testing and sealing. I found Aircraft Stripper found at auto parts stores and the like was effective in cutting the old clear coat off. I did not find that Aircraft Stripper harmed the aluminum skin in any way. It will eat the vinyl stripe around the beltline of the trailer, so be careful there.

I ended up using a bondo plastic scraper to scrap the stripper and clear coat off the trailer and deposited it in a little drywall mud pan. Then I collected it for safe disposal. I did a section at a time. I then rinsed the trailer with water.

I found the stripper was not effective on caulk, sealants, or silicone. Those old sealants basically have to be mechanically removed. "Pick'in and grin'in".

There are others who have a better process than mine. But this worked for me.

David
Thanks for the info, I'll have to improvise something for the blue strip.
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