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Old 09-14-2006, 12:45 PM   #1
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very splotchy and dark...

My '64 is very splotchy and has some dark spots,
the person I'm hiring to do the stripping and polishing has never done this before and is concerned about the darker areas.
should he be?
should it be treated differently and is the darker areas where the clear coat has worn off?
when the clear coat is stripped does another layer of clear coat get applied?
Thank you to anyone with info!!
This is new and scary.

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Old 09-14-2006, 03:44 PM   #2
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I have read some stuff on the Airstream site. If you go to the search and look up any of the key words you are concerned about there is some good info about your clear coat and polishing. You can also look at for some tools you may need?? I hope this helps and be careful using someone that has never done something like this before I have heard some horror stories.

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Old 09-14-2006, 04:56 PM   #3
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Our '64 had clearcoat which we stripped. The failed parts weren't really "dark" they were oxidized which gave it more of a "dull" look. Once stripped, the protected parts were actually still shiney with the failed clearcoat areas looking grey & dull.

The dark portions, if really dark or black, could be a couple of different things:

1) do they look like "rub marks" from a cover or tiedowns? Usually this are somewhat linear...look kinda like skid marks
2) do they look like "burn marks" from a previous polishing attempt? Usually these are roundish dark gray, they can be shiny and can be best seen from an angle rather than straight on...they kinda look like ghost images

If #1 they can usually be polished out using the technique at Perfect Polish (or Vintage Trailer Supply - they are the same). Unless they have rubbed through the Alclad layer, then same as #2. If they are #2 this is where the purer aluminum Alclad layer has been worn through...this is not repairable unless the panel is replaced. Polishing will make them look better at first, but they return quickly.

If you can post pictures that would help us figure out what you have, or you can look at our website's polishing section to see the failed clearcoat dullness I'm talking about. We didn't have any of the #1 marks but we have one of the #2 marks on an access door (streetside)...but it doesn't photo well so I doubt you will see it.

Mosty people do not re-clearcoat their trailer after polishing, as that clearcoat is destined to fail too. There is maintenace involved with having a shiny trailer, it's not a one time thing...are you thinking you will be handling that or will be having someone else do that too? It could get cost prohibitive if you have to pay to maintain it over the years...

Good luck in wahtever you decide to do...feel free to ask questions, either online or via email/PM.

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