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Old 01-28-2007, 06:21 PM   #15
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I am looking to take both the insert and the aluminum trim off. I guess from what I am reading I will need to remove the insert and then drill out the rivets? Am I reading this right?

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Sorry, I had to go back and re-read your post. The aluminum trim is riveted to the counter and yes, you will have to drill the rivets out to remove the trim. Stupid question but are you doing the epoxy treatment to resurface your counter? My '77 had some kind of panel surface which was buckling up and had to be glued back down.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:35 PM   #16
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Kevin,

Just follow Craig's advice: grab it with pliers and pull it out. You won't save it, it will break apart and isn't worth reusing anyway.

Rather than replacing it with more of the same (kinda pricey), I just cut strips of linoleum and slid them in. The trim now matches the floor and looks nice.

As to your question regarding rivets, yes the trim hides the rivets on the aluminum trim. Once you remove the aluminum trim, you'll find there are still some more rivets behind that. Be careful drilling those out as they tend to spin.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:41 PM   #17
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Great. Thanks for your input. I removed the insert today and did a few other things to prep for the epoxy process. Thanks again for your help!
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:49 PM   #18
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We just removed brittle nosing in our 74 Argosy....used a piece of wide, vinyl vertical blinds (leftovers) trimmed them to size....very pliable, easy to trim and cut to size, easy to insert.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:56 PM   #19
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2-part epoxy paint

Kevin,

Just remember that it takes two coats with the epoxy. The first coat won't look great and I tended to over apply (which creates runs). Follow instructions to the letter and you'll be very pleased with the results.
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Old 01-28-2007, 08:48 PM   #20
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Hey Ron,

I'm just about ready to paint using the epoxy. Do you have any recomendations re:
1. final sanding- how fine?
2. surface prep- the instructions say use (a)muriatic acid x3 or (b) TSP scrubbed with "Rhoades American" 000 steel wool x3

Do you think the brand of steel wool matters?
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I am aware that there is an oil free steel wool. Rhoades American? I'd have to check. I have a resource book from the folks at Fine Woodworking. I can get brass wool locally but don't know its specs as far as oil content.
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:07 PM   #22
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I'm not sure why the Tough as Tile instructions call for this specific brand name. It doesn't give a reason. It didn't even occur to me about oil.
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Okay, a Taunton (Fine Woodworking) reference I have for oil-free steel wool leads me on a path right to "Rhodes American" steel wool. Rhodes is the correct spelling. Google on Rhodes American and you will see several sources. Otherwise it is the bottom four choices at Item Display Page

I'd think of using wet-or-dry cloth aluminum oxide in only the finest grits. Avoid garnet. Ace Hardware is better equipped than most other chains -- not sure I'd make a trip to Home Depot unless they were very close.

Be very careful about steel wool around aluminum. Work to keep the dust away from going down cracks & crevices. The bimetallic reaction with aluminum will contribute to corrosion.
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It is very safe to use bronze wool with aluminum, then clean the surface with thinner etc.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:17 PM   #25
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Tough as Tile preparation/ Steelwool

Got this reply from Tough as Tile:


Rhodes American steel wool is not oil free. Oil has to be used as part of the manufacturing process of steel wool. You can use any kind of steel wool as long as it is 000 or 0000. Tough As Tile can be used on a lot of surfaces. However, unless the plastic surface is a very hard plastic our product will not hold up very well and may peel because there is too much give in a lot of plastic surfaces.
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Insert Molding? 1977 Argosy Minuet

Has anyone tried replacing this trim with 1 inch RV insert molding? Thought I'd check before buying it.
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