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Old 08-07-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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clearcoat question

what is the "cut off" year for a/s clearcoat?

I began polishing today and I sensed there was clearcoat on my '63. (I had hoped I was immune) maybe mine's really a '64. hard to tell.
The polishing bonnet didn't turn black as I thought it would. I applied some environmentally friendly stripper and let it set about 45 minutes, before wiping it of with wet soaked towel. hmm.... it kinda got down to the kitty griddy, but I was wondering does my trailer really need perfect polish "K' to kick its a**. I know I've read threads about this but can't find 'em. ugh
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:32 PM   #2
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There are lots of threads for polishing. You do need to strip the clearcoat off. I used the Perfect Polish outline with Nuvite. The results are amazing but did take a huge effort. Good luck....Tim
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:20 PM   #3
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I'm confused, sorry. Perfect polish outline?
I'm using K,F,and C grades of nuvite.
after applying all three, I have a hankering for 11 herbs and spices.

I want to say that Terry and Lou Ann have taken this project by storm
and are getting after it!
We have yet to create a huge skunk type path using the compound
polishers.
what do you mean by outline? thanks, Greg
Your trailer looks great!
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #4
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clearcoat question

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what is the "cut off" year for a/s clearcoat?

I began polishing today and I sensed there was clearcoat on my '63. (I had hoped I was immune) maybe mine's really a '64. hard to tell.
The polishing bonnet didn't turn black as I thought it would. I applied some environmentally friendly stripper and let it set about 45 minutes, before wiping it of with wet soaked towel. hmm.... it kinda got down to the kitty griddy, but I was wondering does my trailer really need perfect polish "K' to kick its a**. I know I've read threads about this but can't find 'em. ugh
Your '63 could easily have had Plasticoat applied either at the factory (it was a reasonably priced option for several years before it became standard), or an earlier owner may have had it polished and Plasticoated at some point in time. I believe that it was in '63 that the charge for the optional Plasticoat was $1/foot.

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Old 08-07-2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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you would think the clear coat you have on it NOW should be keeping the shine going...is it? As old as that is according to the mouths of all the others-clearcoats wear off starting on the top (where it turns 'powderie looking') Have you got any pictures yet?
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Clearcoat was an option as early as 1962
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:24 AM   #7
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I will post picks, but I work all week as a truck driver.
I'd describe the skin as normal, gray patina (sp) with a thin layer
of cloudy, finish. nuvite does eventually break through the clouds, and do its thing, but its not like in a typical video you'd see online. It takes not quite "forever" to get down to the aluminum.
To do a 12x12 inch spot takes 15-20 minutes of constant, relentless polishing, whatever. doesn't seem normal. Gonna keep stripping as we go.
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I'm doing my 65 GT. I think tha 75% of the clear coat has been gone since 1970 allowing oxidation to deeply root. I am using the Jebsco kit with a 7" makita angle grinder , which I find to be quite aggressive. 9000 rpm on heavy machine. Using the grey tripoli [ I dont know what that grit equals in nuvitespeak] I find it to be taking about the same 15 -20 min per sf. It goes quickly at first but working thru those water spot lookin areas to get a uniform look takes time. I usually go over it quickly with a first pass then more compound followed by slow even pass then one more quick pass. I do it in 1 hour sessions so it does not become tedious [I have at least another year before this rig is road worthy] I work on various parts of the trailer to avoid getting bogged down or frustrated by one item
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Someone on here said to take some toothpaste and rub it onto a spot on the aluminum. If it turns black, no clearcoat. If it doesn't, you have clearcoat on that spot. Maybe try that?
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don't know how to master putting a picture to show what I'm talking about.
URL? (sounds like I need a website) I know about my documents, pictures, etc.
Thanks for your responses! each of you!
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