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Old 07-16-2002, 02:36 AM   #1
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Stripping...Clearcoat that is!

Well, I started stripping clearcoat this weekend...there's no going back now! I've added a page to our website under "During", then "Stripping & Polishing" to share my thoughts...

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Any suggestions, would be appreciated...

Here's to shiny trailers!

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Old 07-16-2002, 05:33 PM   #2
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Stripping with the best of em!

I am also currently in the process of stripping my 67 Caravel. I found that the spray works great for the hard to reach and brush areas on the roof. No doubt that the thick gooey paint on is best for the sides. Have never tried the BIX ... I will stick with the aircraft paint remover. My after pictures will be posted soon.

Anyone in Chicagoland have a dual Cyclo I could rent?
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Old 07-16-2002, 06:48 PM   #3
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Hello my fellow stripper!

Good point about using the areosol on the hard to reach places. One question though...

If you're using it on "hard to reach areas", how then do you remove it?

I find that I have to wipe it off by hand, hosing it off doesn't work...it's just too gooey. Do you suppose that's because of the lack of humidity here in Denver vs. Chicago? Does hosing it off work for you?

I haven't yet gotten to the roof part...I just assumed I would build some sort of scaffolding to reach it better....any other suggestions?

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Old 07-16-2002, 08:46 PM   #4
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Strippin and Hosin

Shari,

Fortunately for strippin purposes, Most of the clear cote on the top of my Caravel had failed and long turned to dust.

I was able to reach the top areas with a large ladder and WAS
able to hose and wipe it off accordingly.

I have been amazed by the different actions and reactions the both aerosol and paint have had on different areas of my trailer.

No panel has acted the same against this chemical onslaught.

I WILL be renting scaffolding when I polish.

But thats another chapter waiting to be written.

The photo I uploaded doesn't do the change justice. (Cheap old Digital Camera)

Film at 11:00.

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Old 07-16-2002, 09:08 PM   #5
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Thanks Dave ~

Especially,

"I have been amazed by the different actions and reactions the both aerosol and paint have had on different areas of my trailer."

...I thought I was nuts or the fumes were getting to me! I ran into the same thing...some areas seemed as though they had different clearcoat products applied because they reacted so differently. Some areas bubbled-up real nice others just turned to sludge...

Hmmmm...I'll have to try the aerosol on those %*$#*! "tough spots" I came across...I guess I just assumed it wouldn't be any different. That's why I got out the Bix to see if it would do the trick, to no avail!

Thanks again...

Shari

P.S. I can see the difference in the photos...looks GREAT!
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Strippin show and tell

Shari,

Thanks for the kind words! I need all the encouragement I can get.

The people around here just don't understand my Aluminumitis.

They are trying to find a cure.

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Aerosol stripper

What aerosol stripper are you using and why not use ift for the entire trailer if it works so well?
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Old 01-04-2003, 06:13 PM   #8
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Strippin......

It was the Aircraft Paint remover .... only in a spray can.

The reasons for not usin it on the entire camper .....

Twofold:

1. Like any spray on application .... the potential for OVERSPRAY!

2. COST!

Good Luck- good strippin!

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My Wal-Mart doesn't carry Aircraft Stripper. Does anybody have any other suggestions where I might find it?

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I also found that, the local Wally's World fixer upper didn't carry it..
Sooooo, I just bugged'em till they got it in..
It worked.....
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We found it at Auto Zone. It was in the spray can, pint and gallon cans.

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Stipping, paint... that is

I just got through with my 31' Excella 1978 vintage. I would be very careful with spray strippers. I don't think inhaling the mist would be too good for the lungs. Probably best to wear a respirator.

I used the gooey Aircraft Stripper by Kleen Strip. It is toxic and you need gloves and eye protection but it works great. I used a cheap brush to put it on and a soft plastic scraper to take it off. There was always some crystalized paint left after the first application and a second coatj worked in with the brush took care of that. The result was a clean smooth finish. I rinsed with water. Check out www.perfectpolish.com for some great hints.

I have pictures of the progress and finished job on airstreamphotos.com

Good luck! Stripping is easy, polishing is another matter. My new arms and shoulders are on order.
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I started the polishing project on my Overlander this weekend, took advantage of the three day weekend and overcast skies. I found a stripper that I believe will knock the socks off any others. Tried all the so-called aircraft strippers and Citristrip which will work, but too slow for me. Tried some Jasco Sealer and Adhesive remover which I had left over from my door gasket debacle and it kicks butt! Comes in gallons and is on the shelf at your Home Depot. A semi-paste that takes about five seconds, yes five seconds, to turn the clearcoat white and crinkle it up! Afterwards wash it down while scrubbing it a little with a soft white scuff pad and your done! It is very aggresive stuff, be sure to wear gloves, long sleeve shirt and eye protection!! Hasn't eaten my blue trim but will make Vulkem get a little soft.

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Chas;

I think you might want to give Jasco a call (714)547-6951. The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Jasco Sealer and Adhesive Remover states:

INCOMPATIBILITY (MATERIALS TO AVOID)
ALUMINUM, POSSIBLY SODIUM, POTASSIUM AND MAGNESIUM.

The full MSDS can be found here.

Jasco MSDS

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