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Old 11-04-2015, 05:45 AM   #379
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This isn't for inspiration, but my shoulders don't have 200 hours left in them so I may abandon the job or wait til Spring. The PPG will work in warmer weather or I'll wait til I'm in another part of the country, where someone may be interested in the job.

The "brushed look" looks really good on newer models, I'll go with that. But I don't know what's involved with that either.

I'll take an answer on that also.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:01 AM   #380
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A big ole thanks for the information! Bought my first airstream a 1965 (the year I was born) Overlander, I am focusing on the interior right now but looking ahead to the exterior. Someone painted it grey because I guess they didn't like the shine-ugh. I guess the stripping process you did with the Romoveall will take the paint off as well.
How's it going, Vonda. My 1971 Caravel, like your Overlander, was painted gray. Looks like elephant hide. You've probably discovered that the Removall stuff is no longer available, and the suggested alternative peroxide based stripper only comes in 5 gallon lots . . . way more than I expect I'll need for an 18-footer. I would much prefer to stick to peroxide based and avoid more toxic compounds.

Have you chosen your stripper? How's it gone?
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:26 AM   #381
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Question Peroxide Activated Stripping products: confused

I think I've read all twenty something pages of this sticky and I'm stuck. First I get sold on Removeall. Then I find it's no longer on the market and people are using an equivalent product from Vintage Trailer Supplies
PPG AEROSPACE PR-5044 PEROXIDE-ACTIVATED STRIPPER
Unfortunately this seems to come in 5 gal lots. I don't think I need that much for an 18 foot TT.

This stuff is produced by the same factory as PR-5044 and the specs look pretty good

DoradoStrip 2021 Industrial Paint Stripper
Advantage, it's a lot less expensive and comes in 1 and 5 gallon sizes. Plus free shipping if you get, say, two gallons.

Has anyone used this stuff?
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:11 PM   #382
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Strip 'n Polish Project Thread (lots of great tips and links)

I used aircraft stripper from the local auto parts store. It worked great. Used a plastic scrub brush to work it around a bit, then sprayed it off with a water hose. It's really simple.

Just keep it off glass and plastics.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:20 PM   #383
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On a different subject. Wife got me a cyclo for Christmas. Has anyone done a first, second, third cut with a cyclo vs a drill or buffer?
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:15 PM   #384
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On a different subject. Wife got me a cyclo for Christmas. Has anyone done a first, second, third cut with a cyclo vs a drill or buffer?
Unfortunately a cyclo won't cut. A elcheapo 7" polisher will be needed. The cyclo is the magic tool for a deep shine, but it needs some help.
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Old 12-27-2015, 10:59 PM   #385
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Thank you, on my list since there are places the cyclo and drill buffer attachment will not reach.
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Old 01-10-2016, 02:09 PM   #386
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Any tricks to getting off dried on black polishing oxide spots, missed them and now they are rock hard.
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Old 01-10-2016, 03:34 PM   #387
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Any tricks to getting off dried on black polishing oxide spots, missed them and now they are rock hard.
Lacquer thinner should work.
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Old 01-10-2016, 05:40 PM   #388
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Thanks, I'll give it a try. Tired mineral spirits it did not work.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:25 PM   #389
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Hello all first cut almost done!

I have a question about some corrosion on the roof, it looks pretty deep and I'm not sure how much deeper I should cut. I don't want to go through the top layer of pure aluminum. I thought of sanding the spots, but not sure how much would help. Please take a look a the second pic and throw out some ideas!

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Old 01-24-2016, 07:48 PM   #390
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From what I have read on the subject from the manufacturers literature you are not actually removing any aluminum in the polishing process. And thus you cannot polish too much. You are moving the surface around as you polish but not removing any material.

I had some rough areas like you have on the roof.
I polished and polished with F7 , each time it looked a little better but, it was just minor improvements. "I went to F9 and the cut was much more noticeable. I doubt you will get all of that out but you can definitely get most of it. The down side is the F9 leaves noticeable scratches that you will have to get out with a finer grade.
The more you polish it the better it will look. It's just comes down to how hard you are willing to work.
Here's a tip for you. At the end of each session when you are cleaning up the black gunk, put your paint thinner in a mustard bottle or a chalk line chalk bottle. Then you just squirt it on your rag, you can easily control how much you use , its light weight and don't have to worry about spilling the gallon container.
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I might have to order some f9. I'll keep working at the spots a bit longer, but they seem pretty deep.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:46 PM   #392
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I have a 28 ft Excella diesel that we are getting ready to sell (husband has terminal Alzheimer's in severe stage) 24 year old grandson wants to do the work. Weneed to remove the vinyl and polish the aluminum. Looking for the easiest least expensive way. How much stripper would be required? Cost pe gallon? What tools needed? i am vey ignorant and inexperienced... in E. Tennessee... have tried to hire someone but could not afford the quotes I got. Help... Thanks
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