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Old 07-22-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Window frame clearcoat?

i have some removall on the way and was wondering,is there clearcoat on the window frames? should i use the removall on the frames or not? to be honest i cant tell if there is clearcoat on them or not.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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I'm in the midst of polishing my 1990 motorhome and believe the answer is YES. I used Removall to strip the clear coat from the body, and it did a great job. I also used a much more aggressive product by "Jasco" on some tough spots that had been painted.
I've been "whistling past the graveyard", hoping for a little less to do, but I believe the entire thing gets sprayed at the factory, and the windows will have to be stripped as well. I avoided doing them initially out of concern for what might happen to the weatherstripping and plastic parts. I will do a test on a small spot and let you know. I think a lot of protective masking will be called for. At some point, something dripped onto one of my tail light lenses, and pretty much dissolved it (Jasco, I think).

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Old 07-22-2011, 10:15 PM   #3
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i have some removall on the way and was wondering,is there clearcoat on the window frames? should i use the removall on the frames or not? to be honest i cant tell if there is clearcoat on them or not.
I don't think that the frames would be clear coated...Take a look here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...-it-13503.html
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:19 PM   #4
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Clear coat.

When an Airstream trailer was clear coated, everything on the exterior was clear coated, window frames, door jambs, etc.

Sometimnes, way back then, the factory clear coated the clearance lights and tail lights, as well.

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Test for yourself and you will know for sure...This site might help you too Frequently Asked Questions
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i have done a few test spots with a mild polish i had on hand.what i found is that all frames have or have had clear on the at some point.the lower vista views produced no black residue when polish was used.the rest of the frames did produce some black residue but not as much as a clean piece of aluminum would.i did notice there is a line around all the windows,almost like they had been masked with tape.the line is about 1/16 of an inch away from the frames on the skin.could this line be where the skin and frames expand and contract at different rates?i will try to take some pics to give you a clear picture of what im talkin about.
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Yes they are clear coated most always but if you are unsure on applying striper what I do is remove the window clear coat using a smaller buffer with the Gray bar and it works the buffing wheel will remove it and polish all in one step just remember to clean after every section after several unites polished same way never had it wrong it works. oh Andy is right on.
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One way to test if aluminum parts have clear coat is to use a small rag and small amount of toothpaste. Wipe a small spot. If the rag turns black, no clearcoat. I read that somewhere on here a couple of years ago and it let me know everything was clearcoated on mine...
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