Originally Posted by adwriter73
After reading several posts on "stripping & polishing an Airstream" I decided to give it a try. But so far I haven't gotten the expected results. When I stripped the clearcoat, the aluminum was shiney, not dull and splotchy like a lot of people have reported. Did I not actually take the clearcoat off?
I brushed on Klean Strip Aircraft Paint Stripper. It bubbled up and I just hosed it off.
Also...two other questions...
1. Does this stripper affect the seams of the aluminum?
2. If there are small areas where clearcoat is still adhering to the aluminum, can those areas be removed during the buffing/polishing phase, or do I need to slap on another coat of stripper?
Sometimes 2 or 3 applications of the stripper are necessary, in some spots.
The stripper could have a effect on the seams.
After polishing, you should reseal all the seams, just to make sure the shell is water tight.