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Old 03-06-2006, 08:37 AM   #1
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Clearcote spraying on part of a panel

The clearcote generally fails on the endcaps, and along the top quarter of the long side panels. I've previously posted details of spraying the endcaps with the Airstream aerosols of clearcote, but I've just used them to spray just the top quarters of the side panels, as the remainder of the clearcote on those panels should last a few more years. I stretched a tight string along the side of the trailer and taped it in place to act as a guide to put a good straight length of masking tape along the panel, 8 inches above the tops of the windows. I then taped a $2 poly drop sheet, 20 feet by 9 feet, to this tape. I used stripper to clean the old clearcote, wiped down with mineral spirits, and used 2 cans each side to spray the clearcote. I quickly removed the masking and drop sheet. This left an obvious dividing line between the new and old clearcote. I had previously purchase, for about $12, a 100 ft roll of blue automotive decorative stripe. The color matches beautifully the Airstream blue used in the 1980's. The stripe is Prostripe brand, Vivid Blue, #RS1242, and it is one quarter of an inch wide. It is applied by slowly removing a backing paper and pressing the tape in place. I'm very pleased with the result.
I've just returned from a trouble free 2 months trailing thew Airstream, and I notice that the preventative maintenance list I am now ploughing through has 65 items on it. As Thomas Jefferson didn't say,
"The price of freedom is eternal maintenance."
How about that for a Forum motto??

Nick Crowhurst, Excella 25 1988, Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel. England in summer, USA in winter.
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:59 AM   #2
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Thanks for the post Nick.
I've been looking forward to repairing the CC on both end caps now that I finished replacing all the rubber seals on my Tetford toilet !

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