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Old 03-16-2009, 08:09 AM   #225
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Im curious if anyone has tried to using baking powder as a medium to remove a heavy coat of oxidation from an AS. Please go to this link and check out the the inexpensive baking soda blaster. I would appreciate any comments or observation you might have.

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While it "might" generate some envious results, I'd try it out first on a scrap piece of A/S belly area skin. Why? because it's the worse possible condition skin you can use and, it's not gonna hurt anything seen at eye level..
My purist reaction is:
This is gonna make a huge mess and, take a enormous amount of time standing there before any decent results shows. I base that on the simple fact that the solid particles of baking soda is ultra fine. Would you even care to guess just how many boxes of B.S. you'd use to do a 17 or 19 ft A/S even? OMG...
Just curious, did you ever attempt it? Any feedbacks?

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Old 08-15-2009, 07:29 AM   #226
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Center Cap peeling

Iím trading my 98 for a 2000 34í Limited with Sofa SO.
The exterior is in good condition except for the front center cap which has a very small area that is peeling. Is it possible to have just the center cap stripped and clear coated? If not, then I plan to replace the center cap. If the center cap is replaced, what needs to be done to prevent leaking?
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:27 AM   #227
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I would not think about replaceing it.

strip or sand the section spray clear coat.

I guess 100-200 bucks or less

Just like painting a car
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:09 PM   #228
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How much Nuvite is needed generally??
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #229
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I contacted Steve at P and S and he said he could refinish and clear coat just that section. I plan to take up there.
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:47 PM   #230
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I didn't read ALL of the posts here but thought I would add a few tidbits of my own. We purchased our 31' International (wife and I) about 5 months ago and decided to start with the outside restoring her since it was getting into good weather season. My blog is here with some details on the polish if interested:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/blog...7-bowmans.html

We used the drill motor/compound heads (5) and adapter and (although expensive) got a cyclo polisher from PerfectPolish.com. I also got F7, C and S Nuvite polishes to start. What I found was:

1. Everytime I finished with the F7 compounder stage and used C with the cyclo, I was making a step backwards in the polishing process. I stopped using C and made my life easier and the end result was the same. I seems that if you use the F7 and remove all the oxidation and pitting (you can tell when you get the area right after doing it a few times) the S polish only needs one coat. The C seemed to leave bigger swirls once the surface was smooth with F7.

2. The Zip Dee slats cannot be polished. I tried to no avail. I also tried to use Scotchbright on them to at least make them looked like brushed alum. but that didn't seem to make any difference so I washed them and stuck them back on. Same with the arms.

3. Polish-Mode Awning Setting - Before starting the process, I removed the streetside and front and rear awnings (to repair) but REALLY didn't want to remove the massive curbside awning since it was in great shape. Snooping around this site, I found that you can put your awning into "polish mode" by extending the top arms out one notch (like your putting it out but only one notch). Then roll it back up against the camper. It sits about 8 inches higher and allows for easy polishing where the awning used to sit in closed position and you won't get it dirty or torn (see picture below closely)



4. I didn't order enough F7... not even close. I ended up using 3 lbs. of F7 polish, no C and ordered 1 lb. of S but have barely dented it and I am about 75% done.

5. Wished I had known (or listened to people here) about the Removeall 220. I used a name brand from Lowe's. The stuff took everything off fine including the vinyl stripes (I wanted them off to repaint) but it also removes skin easier than clearcoat. VERY painful.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:41 PM   #231
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thanks for the post; and your unit is looking gorgeous. My husband is working on ours, sans Nuvite and making swirl marks all over the place. Your comment on them will help me to know what grades Nuvite to buy.

And if you read this Loudruff ------ he is now, as I type, removing the dreaded silicone from the outside!!
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:31 PM   #232
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Silicone? Yuck.

Wannaroam,
Thanks for the compliment. I am so happy the PO of ours didn't use silcone anywhere. I haven't gotten a chance to try and remove any which, from the sounds of everyone who has, that is a good thing.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:29 PM   #233
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I'm planning on polishing my Airstream this fall after things cool down here in Phoenix. I've had four panels recently replaced. I know I need to remove the clearcote from these panels, but will these new panels polish up like the old ones?
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:45 AM   #234
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I have made all the necessary repairs to the shell so this weekend I will start stripping my 76 land yacht. Hopefully I can get her done before winter. I will post some pics on this thread to update my process. I am using the nuvite polish.
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:44 PM   #235
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What is the cause of some spots refusing to polish up, they still keep looking foggy?
Other places look really shiny.
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:23 AM   #236
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I experienced those foggy patches. Most likely they are clearcoat that the paint remover missed. Try another dose of paint remover on that spot and then polish again. A few posts back you mentioned silicone, it could also be that horrible stuff. The congress should outlaw silicone until it's reformulated so it doesn't stick to aluminum. CharlieE
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Old 08-22-2009, 12:55 PM   #237
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Wannaroam,
I found a number of issues that looked like "spots" while polishing.

As CharlieE said, it could be clearcoat. This looks like tape residue and has crisp edges and is usually blochy. Paint remove them agin, and they will polish fine.

Some areas of mine, usually at the border of where the clearcoat was being removed by the sun, had these spots that were barely noticeable and looked like brown leopard spots. These came off but with 3-4 passes of F7 Nuvite after my normal 1-3 coats. These were tough areas to get shiny.

My endcaps, where there are 2 curves coming together, looked foggy no matter how many passes of F7 I did. By foggy, they just looked like before I started polishing and would not become reflective. This seems to be oxidation and more coats of F7 are needed. I did like 10 coats in some areas of my endcaps and still no mirror so I will try next year when I go over it again.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:01 PM   #238
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Stripping Clear Coat from 65 Safari

I just finished stripping our 65 Safari. I was really happy with the results using Remove-all. Only took 1 gal. so won't need the 2nd one I bought. Took me about 2/3 of a day to strip but the darn silicone was a nightmare.
Spent 2 days getting it off. Compounding starts tomorrow.
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