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Old 02-16-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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strip clear coat

Any suggestion for a product that removes original clear coat on vintage Airstream? (Do I use a paint stripper?)

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Old 02-16-2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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I don't believe a '62 Bambi has original clearcoat. It wasn't an option until 1964...

Regardless, if you want to get it off easily, use Kleen Strip Aircraft Stripper. It's available at Pep Boys, Home Depot, etc. Be sure to read all the warnings, this stuff is N-A-S-T-Y but it works! There are milder chemicals and other methods, if you do a search of the forums using "stripper" or "clearcoat stripping" you'll find lots of info that will give you many options.

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Old 02-16-2006, 05:45 PM   #3
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Use removall , no smell, non toxic, Brush it on , let work rinse off with hose or powerwasher. I've used on two trailers and it works great! One gallon should do a 25' trailer. Manufacturer says to spray on, but I have brushed on with great success. Search on google for Removall they may have a local distributor. I ordered on line thru Boston restoration.
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Old 05-28-2006, 05:29 PM   #4
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Stripping Clear Coat

Baobi - Saw your post about the clear. It's funny that I saw your post today! I just finished (2 hours ago) completely stripping my Sovereign. I used BIX Tough Job stripper from Home Depot. It's $19 a gallon, which I thought was a bargain and it specifically lists aircraft metal as a use. It's caustic as all get out so you have to use rubber gloves and watch your skin and eyes. You just paint it on with a paint brush, let it sit for 15-30 minutes and then hose it off. No scraping and no fuss. It's a semi-paste gel (I started calling it caustic snot about two hours into the job) and it sticks real well on the verticals. It's a water clean-up product so if it gets on your skin, just wash it off and it's gone. All in all, I was real happy. It took me about 4 hours to do a 31' Sovereign that had about 80% intact clear on it. -Don
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