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Old 08-03-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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Project Scope Creep

I've had my 86 345 for a month. The outside hadn't been polished in a long time, so I started in. It's now clear to me that the clearcoat is gone from the roof and the top of the sides and also the vinyl stripe has been removed.

I've polished the roof and waxed it... or part of it. When I start down the sides, I hit the demarcation between the plasticoat and metal. I'm wondering if I should remove the clearcoat from the top of the sides, down to where the stripe was and leave the bottom alone, effectively making the unit three tone: polished, clearcoat and gray.

Also, it is unclear to me what is happening in the front (haven't tried the rear yet). Is this some other material? It doesn't seem to polish the same.

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Old 08-04-2010, 07:25 AM   #2
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I think it would be difficult to remove the clearcoat from the top half only with gravity working against you. The stripper will drip down to the area you want to keep clearcoated. It's looking so good, just keep going & polish the whole thing! Everybody loves a polished MoHo!

At least in trailers, the end panels are stretch-formed so they do end up with a different texture - but once polished, the difference is not noticeable. These projects are indeed a slippery slope...


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Old 08-06-2010, 03:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Shari!
I decided to use semi-paste to remove the clearcoat from the top so dripping hasn't been too much of a problem. It took me 4 hours to do the top half of one side -- thank goodness it was outdoors. Highly recommend full suit of clothing, goggles and strong rubber gloves, plus lots of breaks from the fumes.

Been polishing that side today. I'm happy with the results.

Will maybe do the bottom next year!
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