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Old 07-31-2014, 08:24 AM   #337
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Getting to the top

Hey ttbikes,

More great info, thanks!

You have indicated the stickiest point for me, the top. For the very hot Baja sun, it seems to me that I've got to get that top part polished up, both to reflect the sun, and to make it look good. I agree, it's hard to get excited about doing it, considering how few people will see it, but in practical terms, I suspect that the reflective quality is actually worth something in protection. Maybe I'm wrong. Probably, one of the engineers here would have some calculations in his/her back pocket on this subject or come up with them easily.

And then there are those of us who might not be able to sleep at night, knowing that their roof isn't just as shiny as the rest of it, whether or not the reflection is good for something else.

I saw a couple of posts here about how to get to the top. My favorites are driving alongside something tall, and pulling another tall rig alongside to make a bridge. We'll see if I ever get anywhere close to doing that.

Keep up the good work, it looks great.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:40 AM   #338
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Soak the pads in TSP solution overnight, then wash and dry.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:15 PM   #339
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I smear Tide on my pads and throw them in the washer with my cyclo jersey material and they come out nicely.


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Old 10-24-2014, 06:29 AM   #340
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I recently bought my first airstream to restore, and I have a question about the stripper. When I've worked on motorcycles with polished aluminium, some clear-coated and some bare. With the coated parts you obviously have to use a stripper to remove the lacquer and expose the aluminium. On bare metal parts I don't typically use any stripper. Is the stripper people use on airstreams for the same purpose, or is it actually used to remove aluminium oxide?

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Old 10-24-2014, 07:11 AM   #341
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It's used for the same purpose...removing clear coat. It doesn't touch the oxidation.


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Old 10-25-2014, 09:14 PM   #342
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Thanks for your help! I was hoping I'd found an easy way out, but at least I haven't put too much extra work into those bikes.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:47 AM   #343
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Regarding stripping clear coat. How is the world is a 50 year old trailer still going to have clear coat anyway?
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:15 PM   #344
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My trailer ('64 Bambi II) had hardly any clear coat on it. What tiny bits I found, I removed with Aircraft Stripper (they have it at Autozone). The tiny bits were around a few rivets. That's about it!
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:41 PM   #345
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I have a question for everybody . I have a brushed finished Bambi and I want to wax anybody have suggestions for me ?? Thank you
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:52 PM   #346
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Do you have any interior photos? I am redoing a 65GT that is a total gut job! Also do you have any ideas on finding replacement parts for an outside battery door? Thanks, yours looks Great!! I hope one day mine will also!!
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:10 PM   #347
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Okay, I've bitten the bullet and bought the PPG Peroxide stuff. It came with no instructions of any kind, but I've found a lot online. Reading the Material Safety Data Sheet kind of freaked me out, but we'll see. So, questions: I want to put some on this evening and let it sit overnight, will it damage the aluminum if it's on too long? The instructions on the VTS website say 1-8 hours. What was left after hosing it off? Plastic bits on the ground? I figure I'll put old sheets down, water can go through the sheet but the sheet will catch junk rather than making a mess on the ground. Any other input would be a great help, thanks
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:45 PM   #348
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I have all kinds of clear coat on this dang thing. Fifty years old and making my life difficult. I used aircraft stripper. Nice to have help in the shop today!

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Thumbelinadj, yours looks like mind did after stripping. Where it's exposed to more weather, the direction it faces when parked, there as more corrosion. Below the belt line, there was less and the metal is shiny. On the top, there doesn't seem to be any coating at all.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:58 AM   #350
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Oxidation

Hello everybody, I'm new to the forum so bear with me and I appreciate any help I can get. My wife and I bought a 65 Strwamline last summer and are in the process of fixing her up a bit. Any suggestions on how to get rid of oxidation? Will acid wash at truck wash help?
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