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Old 06-04-2012, 05:10 AM   #15
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Hey guys, I use citristrip to remove paint from a car. I'll let you in on a secret that I discovered years ago:

1: apply the jell to the area to be stripped, working the jell in one direction...apply liberally
2: after you have an area covered with the jell cover the jell with sheet plastic; use a razor knife to open up a garbage bag for the sheet
3: walk away! overnight is best.....the plastic will keep the jell from evaporating while it converts the paint to slime.
4: peel the plastic sheet away....if you did it correctly the paint will more than likely adhere to the plastic
5: use a plastic putty knife to remove the residual.

I just used this method to remove 4 layers of paint from the hood of my "57 T-Bird

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:51 AM   #16
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I think 65' was the last year for Zolatone applied to the aluminum walls and both interior end caps are fiberglass. I'm I correct on this? Most of the center panels are interupted by cabinets and closets so there is not the much area anyway.

I'm not a big fan of the bare aluminum look (unless it is a original 13 panel year) and even then it really changes the way the interior feels as in more modern. Unless all other woodwork and hardware remains of the period. (see Island Girl thread)

If this is the look you want, go for it, but removing the original metal to replace with new material is just as much work as stripping the paint. And alot more expensive. OK, much more work too. And as I said, the area is relatively small.

We repainted our walls and stripped the window frames which really helped brighten up the otherwise monotone look of all painted surfaces.


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Old 08-18-2012, 10:06 PM   #17
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OK, new question - I am planning on using wallpaper (no audible groans please, I have my reasons!) for the interior of the GT. A skim coat of drywall mud and then apply? Or strip off the paint down to the Zolatone? All input is appreciated! Thx!
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:37 PM   #18
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Don't Bother

Safari62, Your correct, the '65 has fiberlgass endcaps and has Zolatone interior. Stripping will add a different feel, personal preference.

I agree, I would not re-skin. I have about 45-50 hours into stripper my interior, and removing all my panels, but it cost about $100.
I am replacing my floor, so getting dirty wasn't an issue, plus my appliances had already been removed.

My panels did end up pretty good though, but if they were beat up I would replace.
Maybe just doing a couple would add the same feel, but be less work for someone.

Anywho, I used Kleen Strip Aircraft stripper for 2 layers, scraping with plastic bondo style scrapers.
Then I used Citristrip with Scrubbers, and then final step was dipping the scrubber into Mineral spirits and scrubbing off. A final wipe down with Spirits left it pretty good, and has a milled look.

I just pulled all panels last week, and even though I haven't re-installed yet, I think I would still keep what I could.

The biggest thing I think is if someone is doing a full re-do (as I am).
I think if someone is just looking to do some sprucing up, then by all means strip. Panel replacement would be some work for sure. I didn't really care, I was so concerned with getting the old insulation out.

ASIcons: What year/size are you installing wallpaper?
I wouldn't bother personally.

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Old 08-21-2012, 07:51 AM   #19
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Strip it, if it has been painted over the Zolatone, but only the paint over the Zolatone. Their is no reason to remove the Zolatone, it's a great undercoat, very durable. Just clean with TSP and lightly sand before repainting. If you want bare aluminum, then you have no choice but to strip, and in that case, I would do just that, you do not want to re-skin. I made the mistake of taking it down to the aluminum to paint it again with Zolatone. Member's Photos - Photo Gallery
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #20
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So we made the mistake of getting some help with stripping out the bathroom and the highschool kid who helped us pulled out the fiberglass end cap too - it's long gone now - probably in a land fill somewhere
Anyway...we can either try to find a replacement - we have calls into Inland and Vintage Trailer or I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried to replace with aluminum skin and if so, how do you do it without "ribbing" there to attach to?
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #21
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i'm going to put lamminate on mine . mine is broke but still have enuff to glue to.

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