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Old 03-26-2006, 02:39 AM   #1
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Could I be this lucky?

...or unlucky?

I went out and did the toothpaste test on the TW, but I didn't get a lot of black on my rag. Just some grey, which looks more like accumulated dirt. The aluminum didn't shine up very much, and my trailer roof doesn't have the "peeled" or "sunburned" look they say is a sign of plasticoat failure.

Does this mean my trailer's plasticoat is intact, and is this a good thing? Here is a picture of my roof.
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:12 AM   #2
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Looks intact from here. This is a good thing if you are satisfied with its current appearence. This is a bad thing if you intend to give it one of the mirror finish jobs, as it means you will have to remove the plasticoat before you start pollishing. I'm one of those leave it along unless it looks horrible type or people.
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Leave it alone. You look like one of the lucky ones who already had theres redone since new. Wax or Walberize it, an feel lucky.
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:15 AM   #4
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Leave it alone. You look like one of the lucky ones who already had theres redone since new. Wax or Walberize it, an feel lucky.
Not necessarily, Bill. Mine is a 1971, and the original Plasticote is still intact on it. Of course, I was fortunate enough to have found it under big old oak trees for most of its life. I tracked its history and confirmed that it had never had its Plasticote redone. From what I've read, I know that Plasticote is supposed to last only about three years (though I disagree), but there are some out there that can go the length.

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Ummm....

I thought that the older trailers didnt have the coating except as an option. When did they start putting it on as a standard feature?
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Optional in 1963. Factory standard in 1964.
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Old 03-26-2006, 01:25 PM   #8
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Eh...whatever. Either way polishing is a huge job that I'd probably have someone else do. For now, she's got that fresh minty taste!!
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