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Old 04-28-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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Hello again,

I removed all the window latches, a few of them had some surface rust. Anyway, I sandblasted everything. Does anyone know if they were painted originally & are they stainless steel?

Also I am trying to clean up all the window framing that is aluminum. What is the best cleaner for removing all the mildew & slight oxidation



Thanks for your help,
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:30 PM   #2
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Hello again,

I removed all the window latches, a few of them had some surface rust. Anyway, I sandblasted everything. Does anyone know if they were painted originally & are they stainless steel?
Hi Steve, The ones on my 67 are non-painted stainless. Should be the same for the 66.

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Also I am trying to clean up all the window framing that is aluminum. What is the best cleaner for removing all the mildew & slight oxidation.
I used 0000 steal wool and Mothers aluminum polish and the frames cleaned up very nice. IMO
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Steverad, The crank handles are pot aluminum, the body of the latch is stainless steel, the catch itself is spring steel and was blued originally. The barrel nut and threaded shaft are brass. The only part that has rust issues is the spring steel catch and the old spring steel clip on the glass. The new clips that are sold by VintageTrailerSupply.com and InlandRV.com are now made of stainless. I used a good mold/mildew remover on my window frames and the used aluminum cleaner followed by aluminum polish and my frames look great! Steve at VTS was supposed to be having new hardware for the window latches manufactured. I have not been looking recently as work has kept me busy. Hope this helps. Happy Trails, Ed
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