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Old 10-09-2014, 11:02 AM   #15
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Be very sure to remove all plastic items, light lenses, etc. before using the stripper. It will badly mar any plastic. Even when applying the stripper carefully with a brush, when you wash it off, it will damage plastic parts.

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Old 10-09-2014, 11:06 AM   #16
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I stripped mine a few Airstreams ago and only waxed it. Actually I used Liquid Glass, it was shiny enough for me and held up a long time. I taped over the light lenses and any plastic before stripping.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:26 AM   #17
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I used Citri Strip and power washed hot. Didn't have any leaks from washing. I polished right away. My trailer probably only had half of it's clear coat left on it anyway.

I can't think there'd been any problem with not polishing right away except I'd have to wash it again before polishing. Not a big deal at all.
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:55 PM   #18
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I am stripping the clear coat on my 1971 25 foot Caravanner International tomorrow. I have 5 friends helping and we are using Aircraft Paint Remover. We will brush on the Aircraft paint remover then power wash off the clear coat. I do not plan on buffing for many months and wonder if this is a problem for possible rusting or??
For now, is there any quick and simple way to polish without taking 200 hours? Is there any quicker hand and towel polish that would work if I had just man power?
I used Citri-Strip on my front end caps of my Excella last winter. I waited about a week afterward to start refinishing with clear coat. I started getting a grayish white haze from oxidation that I had to get off before spraying the finish. If you are going to polish later I doubt the little bit of corrosion will matter. Though, if you are in an area with acid rain or industrial pollution fallout you might get some streaking/staining.

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Old 10-09-2014, 05:41 PM   #19
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I used aircraft stripper, plastic scraper and the pressure washer to remove the clearcoat. After that we removed/replaced most of the caulk along all seams, used alumibond (eternabond) cut lengthwise in half to cover all rivets on the roof to avoid any leakage up on top forever and then sealed each rivet one by one with a sealant. We have started to polish but will continue with that project next year.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #20
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We have began the stripping and polishing process. This is my first time and am learning a lot about what steps not to do before the others. We are using aircraft striper. It works well and fast. Discovered it works best to do a small area at a time. Not much more than about a 3ft x 4ft. I got greedy and tried too big an area and it dried hard and had to reapply stripper. Brushing it on and then using a soft scrapper like a body filler applicator. Water pressure from the garden hose works good too. Would suggest not using a pressure washer unless you have a wide fan tip and are experienced with operating one. I got the idea to just polish a spot to see what it would look like before completing the whole stripping process. Looks great but I think I would have been happy with the stripped finish without polishing. Oh well, that's in the past now, no turning back. Gonna finish the polishing and make her really shine. Glad that it's cooling off now, could not imagine trying to polish an Airstream in the summer heat.


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Old 10-27-2014, 06:12 PM   #21
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I used Citri strip and just washed it off with my hose attachment, no pressure wash. It worked great. This was after using aircraft stripper which ate thru my expensive chemical proof gloves and eventually thru it's original
container. I would choose Citri strip any day.


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Old 11-09-2014, 10:14 AM   #22
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My dealer said to use pledge revitalizing oil on the outside of new bambi. Claimed that was from airstream. Anyone else heard of this?
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Check out Flitz used with a light duty ball buffer Demo on YouTube, search it! There is hearsay that there was or is a small sample in the newer Airstreams. I used it on my end cap, works great. Kleen stripper from Lowes.
was the KLEEN Strip just the paint thinner - I'm in Canada and sometimes Lowes et all change products north of the border - anyone know for sure?
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I used aircraft stripper, plastic scraper and the pressure washer to remove the clearcoat. After that we removed/replaced most of the caulk along all seams, used alumibond (eternabond) cut lengthwise in half to cover all rivets on the roof to avoid any leakage up on top forever and then sealed each rivet one by one with a sealant. We have started to polish but will continue with that project next year.
yep....been using a PW for years, I rationalize, it's like rain at 60mph.

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was the KLEEN Strip just the paint thinner - I'm in Canada and sometimes Lowes et all change products north of the border - anyone know for sure?
Yes Kleen Strip is the brand I used, but I think any stripper would do. Let the stripper whatever brand it is do the work, leave it on for a good while
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