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Old 09-30-2015, 07:12 AM   #1
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Question Late 80's-Early 90's clearcoat issues

Just finished Tim Shephard's great book "Restoring a Dream" which follows his restoration of a 60's era AS trailer. He writes of the process of removing the clearcoating and polishing of his trailer. Apparently, the Alclad aluminum used in the vintage AS units was changed to a thinner aluminum and the clearcoat is actually a plasti-coat and not effectively repairable. I got the feeling from Mr. Shephard's writing that you can't do much with the exterior finish on a mid-80's or later AS. Does anyone know if you can remove/replace the damaged clearcoat and/or polish a later model? Our 1989 Excella has the normal age-related clearcoat flaking issues but isn't too bad yet. Just looking for some info to prepare for future restoration. Also, anyone heard of resto-books on later(80's and newer) AS units?

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Old 03-31-2016, 10:32 AM   #2
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Like you I am searching for the same info. I have 1991 AS that spent its life in California. I know I have to remove what remains of the plastic coat. I don't want to go the polished route. But I do want a protection layer on the AS. Just beginning my education on the matter.

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Old 06-14-2016, 07:17 PM   #3
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You guys ever come up with a solution? Thanks Chris
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