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Old 07-29-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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Corrosion/haze/something???

So these Aluminitis Enablers sold me this super nice 1973 Overlander (It's a disease people!! not an addiction!!) and the aluminum on the front and rear where the Wally sticker and the member number are/were has a whole bunch of corrosion "under" where the stickers were. In additon some owner before my enablers coated the numbers (or something) and it discolored or created a haze on the aluminum.

I've tried goo gone, wd-40, graffiti gone, even citrus stripper in a small spot which stripped some of the coating off but left the corrosion and haze It's all still there. And driving me crazy. I'm ready to replace the panel. Any ideas?
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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close up of where the wally sticker was

These patches are quite rough. This is the corrosion I speak of. I've cleaned very well.

rear:

the round is corrosion the same as the front but where the numbers were is this ... this .... haze. but it's more than that. It's almost as if it were treated with some sort of chemical. It is completely smooth not raised like the corrosion of which I spoke above.

I'm hoping some photos of what my problem is might get me some responses and not just views. Thanks in advance for any help.
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No need to replace the panel ~

If you strip the clear coat and polish your trailer, you will be able to smooth out the finish and get rid of the haze. I know, it's pretty drastic...but....it'll work.

Besides, if you were to replace the panel, it too wouldn't match either and you'd be headed for polishing anyways.

What it looks like, is a previous owner wanted to get rid of older numbers and used something to get them off which stripped the clearcoat. Since then it has oxidized where the clearcoat is missing and not where it is still somewhat intact. Our '64 had a whole bunch of various stages of oxidation prior to our polishing it...it kinda had a neat effect in the right light, but we had to polish...it's part of the disease!



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oh no. the disease gets worse? i'll want to polish?!?!? aaaarrrrrrghh!!!
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