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Old 07-13-2007, 10:34 AM   #183
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On the tanks... did you polish them empty? I have to polish mine, but they're both full, and I have not done it, because I don't know if it's safe.??
I polished them up before having them filled. I wasn't too sure neither if it was safe to do so after filling them with propane.
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:12 AM   #184
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Thanks for the info folks, and your detail, Tim. From your list, it looks like you have a fondness for the G6.

Wish I could find Nuvite locally, doesn't seem to be the case though. So I'll put an order in today. With a little luck, maybe I'll have it by the end of the week, and have a nice shiney trailer a week after that. Just do it, I have to tell myself.

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Old 07-17-2007, 11:46 AM   #185
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This is a great thread....

One question for you experts. I prefer a matte finish rather than a mirror one. After stripping and a light polishing (if necessary) I want to apply plasticote. How is that done? By brush or spray? Haven't read much on here about that process.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:13 PM   #186
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Well, the polishing is nearly complete. There is still more compounding to do near the top, but that's next year's project. Overall, she looks pretty good.

Mrs. Ferroequine has had more than enough of my polishing, and therefore we're hitting the road for a couple of weeks along with Ferroequine Jr. for some R 'n R.

(But I packed the cyclo in case I get bored... ).
Awesome Job! I'm SOOO excited to find out all this information. We will be taking on this project on our 31' 76' Sovereign we bought a couple of months ago. You are an inspiration.
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Old 08-31-2007, 08:45 PM   #187
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You know you've done a good job, if the birds fly into your trailer......... bounce off.......... and hopefully, don't leave a mark.

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Old 09-01-2007, 09:02 AM   #188
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Hi folks, I starting to do a polish on our safari.

Question, is there a trick to doing the fan/vent caps on top of the AS? Im tempted to just paint them but, If I can get them looking as good as the skin, it might be worth going for it!

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Old 09-03-2007, 03:45 PM   #189
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Awesome Job! I'm SOOO excited to find out all this information. We will be taking on this project on our 31' 76' Sovereign we bought a couple of months ago. You are an inspiration.
Thanks for the kind words. Glad to help out, and good luck with your project.

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Hi folks, I starting to do a polish on our safari.

Question, is there a trick to doing the fan/vent caps on top of the AS? Im tempted to just paint them but, If I can get them looking as good as the skin, it might be worth going for it!
I don't think the vent caps are the same grade aluminum, so they won't polish as nice. I'm not too concerned about ours, you can barely see them.

I think the vent caps (like the ones for the black tank and fridge) can be done, but take a lot of elbow grease. I know ours could use more work...
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:36 PM   #190
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Do those of you who maintain a mirror polish use a wax or sealant in between the annual repolish jobs? If so, is there any particular brand/type that works better over a mirror polish?
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:02 PM   #191
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OK...I am taking the plunge on the exterior refinishing of my 67 Overlander. After talking with several folks at the Texas rally in Conroe this past weekend I have decided on the following action plan and want to get input/recommendations from you more experienced folks.

The vertical surface of my AS has a pretty good original clearcoat remaining from the bottom to about a foot below the awning height. There are numerous scratches here and there and at panel joints and around scratches you can see filiform corrosion evident. On the top part of the sides and ends and the roof, the clearcoat is obviously cooked away and very dull splotchy looking. I call it AS dandruff you can rub off with your finger. My plan is to use the Napier Removeall to strip the clear coat from the trailer, rinse it down with a power washer and reseal all the seams....and that's pretty much it. I will add a coat of wax to it and let it oxidize as it may. I can always decide go the cyclo routine at a future time. I might even just remove the clear coat on the tops of the ends and roof of the AS if I can figure out how to tape off and protect the portion of the trailer where the clear coat still looks good.

Does anyone think this is a totally bonehead idea? I am not really taking a shortcut. I am just not doing the whole refinishing job. I think I would be happy with a uniform semi-shiny finish on the roof and sides as opposed to the chrome-like finish overall many prefer.
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:04 AM   #192
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sounds good...except ..

I'd reconsider the use of a power washer. It won't be needed and could create some unwanted problems.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:42 AM   #193
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With our interior now completed, we’re working on our exterior and have succumbed to this whole polishing sickness. We used Removall from Vintage Trailer Supply followed by a pressure washer. We think Vinny our ’84 Sovereign looks 100% better without the battered clearcoat. As stated elsewhere in the Forum the Removall did not damage our decals or any sealant. We left it on overnight and it worked GREAT. We rolled it on using a foam “weenie roller”.



But…it did not strip the coating from the aluminum trim strips. These are the aluminum strips that received the blue plastic “rub rail” strip along the sides. (The blue plastic has been removed in the photo.) We have two in the center and a larger one all the way around the bottom.

I tried compounding a rear corner section the other night with some G6, mostly to see if our deep filiform corrosion would fade. It does fade with a few passes, but when I rubbed some G6 along the trim strips and they look horrible. I would say they come out patchy. Are they anodized? If so, we’re hosed.

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Old 03-03-2008, 09:55 AM   #194
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But…it did not strip the coating from the aluminum trim strips. These are the aluminum strips that received the blue plastic “rub rail” strip along the sides. (The blue plastic has been removed in the photo.) We have two in the center and a larger one all the way around the bottom.

I tried compounding a rear corner section the other night with some G6, mostly to see if our deep filiform corrosion would fade. It does fade with a few passes, but when I rubbed some G6 along the trim strips and they look horrible. I would say they come out patchy. Are they anodized? If so, we’re hosed.

(If this issue has been addressed elsewhere I couldn’t’ find it using the search feature.)
Will oven cleaner work on the trim pieces?
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:13 PM   #195
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Will oven cleaner work on the trim pieces?
I sure wouldn't try oven cleaner on the outside of my trailer. Try going over it very slowly with your cyclo (if you have one). I found that when I stripped my '76, they looked dull until I did them with the cyclo.

I'm refreshing my memory here, as I'm getting ready to strip my '86. The top is totally missing the clearcoat. I want to clean everything up to an even shine. The endcaps are pretty dull, mid-sections have good clearcoat, so I'm sure they'll look pretty good after stripping. The question is--what grade nuvite do I use to get an even shine? I have some S, but do I need something with some bite to it? After reading this entire thread again, I realize how ocd I was when I had a mirror finished trailer (even though I adore the look), and just want mine to look even and clean!

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Old 03-31-2008, 09:19 AM   #196
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Hello. I stripped my trailer last year and am now in the process of removing corrosion. It has all of this gray squiggly stuff all over it. My trailer sat out in the weather in Corpus Christi, Texas for many years. Does anyone have a solution for polishing this out? I so want my trailer to look like a mirror. It is a '76 Caravanner International 25 ft. I love it and want it to look as great as it can get.
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