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Old 02-15-2012, 09:16 AM   #281
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Did you remove your awning? I love all of the posts thank you!
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #282
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I just purchased a 1974 overlander and enjoyed reading about the exterior polishing. I called a company in Ohio and the charge $250 per foot to finish which would be $6500 in my case. Think I will give it a try myself. One question, after you removed the clearcoat do you polish it with a wheel or wax it....?
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #283
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If you do it right after the clearcoat comes off use mild abrasive IMO not wax
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:46 AM   #284
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Blue stripe on 1994

The clear coat was very bad on our 94 so we have taken it off and plain to polish, {after checking on having it redone} now what is the best way to remove the blue stripe?
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #285
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I just bought my first vintage AS and want to get the exterior somewhat more appealing - but minus the $3500 polishing price tag for now. If I remove the clear coat and DON'T polish it until 6 months later, will I damage anything?
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #286
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Yes oxidation will start, you must wax it.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:23 PM   #287
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just any old car wax?
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #288
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I just bought my first vintage AS and want to get the exterior somewhat more appealing - but minus the $3500 polishing price tag for now. If I remove the clear coat and DON'T polish it until 6 months later, will I damage anything?
You won't damage it, and it will look much more uniform than that patchy look that occurs when the clear coat starts coming off all by itself.

But it will go dull.

Walbernize is one wax made for Airstreams...
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #289
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Question What if I'm sandblasting a mural on the skin?

What a great thread! I think I've read all of it but now I'm already forgetting some of it. Could be because I personally am just hitting the national speed limit and my brain doesn't work the way it used to, so forgive me if I repeat a question here that I should know the answer to.

I am about to strip my 1986 345 coach and went to VintageTrailer. They're selling Removall 220 for $49.95 whereas they're saying the list price is $69.95. Cool. All the reviews for the product are great except for one guy who is claiming it doesn't work for newer aluminum coatings. Well, that doesn't apply to most of us anyway, but I thought I'd mention it here in case it's relevant to someone. He also may just be a spoiler or competitor.

I also talked with Adam at Avalon RV in Benicia and I told him I was planning to use Removall, and he mentioned that if I'm planning to replace the gaskets on the windows I should do the stripping first. He also said to cover the lights, etc. I guess for the same reason, as I believe others have mentioned. Just reporting in case this conflicts with your info.

So here is my main question:

I am planning to sandblast a mural into the skin of my coach. Yes. That's what I said.

If I take off the clearcoat and etch or sandblast the skin:

1) What is the best way to preserve and maintain it? Wax? Liquid sealer?
2) A related question, which is of these is more likely to screw up or gum up the textured part of the surface more?
3) Will one or the other retain more dirt?
4) And, looking down the road maybe 5-10 years, will I wish I had polished it first (because I can never do so again without screwing up the design? 5) Would there be any lasting effect of polishing after a while, including, maybe, a persisting higher contrast with the textured surface?

Whattaya say to that, oh oracles of the aluminum fraternity (loosely speaking)?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:58 AM   #290
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How do you recoat after stripping off the clear coat? How long does it last?
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:09 PM   #291
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J: I believe the re-clear coating process would be very similar to that of painting the trailer, as that is essentially what you are doing....."painting" it with a clear coat.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:15 PM   #292
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I have seen a product called "sharkhide" that can be used for protecting aluminum. I have not used it, but have heard good things. I believe i saw a thread that had pictures of an AS with sharkhide applied...worth a quick search!
http://www.sharkhide.com/
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:35 AM   #293
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Cyclo alternatives

Hi there! Just bought a 1974 Sovereign that needs a ton of work. I'm converting it into a food trailer. I've been reading many of the posts on polishing and I'm wondering if a random orbit sander/buffer is a viable alternative to the Cyclo Polisher? I really don't want to spend that much money on a tool I don't use very often. I'd like it to be nice and shiny but I need to use my money on converting the inside into a mobile kitchen.

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:39 AM   #294
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You need the cyclo if you plan to stay shiny.
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