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Old 10-12-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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Clearcoat Rejuvenation

I think our 72 AS spent a good amount of time indoors as the finish is still in pretty good shape. There are a few scratches in it but for now I am content to leave them alone.

My problem is that there are hand prints all over the areas where I have been working. In particular they are around the windows and the marker lights.

The hand prints don't seem to want to come off. I have tried several mild cleaners and they do nothing. I tried a little cleaner / car wax on it and it made some of the prints less obvious but it didn't remove them.

I have been reluctant to try anything more aggressive for fear of actually removing the coating.

We have had it on the road for the last month after 2 years of restoring it so I am not motivated to do anything dramatic to the finish at this time.

Tom
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:36 PM   #2
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hi tom

the 70s have plasticoat or plasti kote.

the original walb' product was intended for THAT coating...

see post #13 and #27 and beyond in this thread...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...ize-31480.html

and here

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...ish-38545.html

looks like 'superseal' is the first choice, with cleaner, polish n glaze for naked skin streams...

because the older plasticoat was soft and HIGHER in plasticizers...

a modern 'vinyl spray' might also be useful, at least it will be SAFE on the old coating.

vinylex made by the lexol folks is a good example, but ANY of the older style vinyl sprays may work.
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the "hand prints" seen may actually be residual SOLVENTS or grease/oil stains...

IF they've soaked INTO the old finish it's possible they will be visible till it peels...

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Old 10-14-2009, 10:41 PM   #3
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Well, I tried some automotive plastic cleaner on it. The part in good shape looks really nice. Where I rubbed it a bit, I think the plastic got rubbed through since it has a different sheen to it. So the hand prints remain.

I will wait until I am ready to really address this and probably remove the old coating and put something else on in its place.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:58 PM   #4
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IF u rubbed through the coating, there should be gray or black alum on the rag...

just t b clear my suggestion is NOT a plastic cleaner/polish

but a vinyl DRESSING.

this may not help, but they have ZERO abrasives.

plasti kote is available to re apply.

it's not the same as the 70s stuff but close enough.

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Old 11-26-2009, 11:04 AM   #5
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I am ready to clearcoat my 31 ft airstram. I want to do this myself. Please tell me where or how to order clear coat /plasticoat for this project. Thanks
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