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Old 09-14-2006, 02:01 PM   #1
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Skin Cancer??

Hi everyone,
I am posting a couple of pictures of spots on the skin of our 69 Caravel, hoping someone can help identify these and advise on how to repair them.


Also, the PO spray painted some rivets and screw heads in several places with silver paint...but without the use of any mask. See the photo...what should I do about that one??

Thanks, Krista
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Old 09-14-2006, 06:33 PM   #2
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The first photo looks like something like a tree branch abraded away the clear coat and the aluminum oxidized there. Not sure though...maybe someone else has another idea.

The spray paint can definately be removed with paint stripper...BUT that will also most likely remove the clearcoat too. They were probably painted because they were not aluminum and had started to rust....bummer!

If you are thinking of polishing your trailer, it would probably "fix" both these minor blemihes. But it may not be worth it just to get rid of these "beauty-marks" as it's a big commitment to acheiving the polish and then maintaining it.

If not planning on polishing, I would try a little mild rubbing compound-type of wax to gently try & remove the spray paint without effecting the clearcoat (try on a hidden area first!). Then replace the rivets/screws with aluminum ones.

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Old 09-14-2006, 06:38 PM   #3
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if the clearcoat is in good shape elsewhere, mask out the panel and just strip it and reclear it. If the clearcoat is worn in many spots, I would strip the whole thing. You don't HAVE to polish it afterwards, just a good light shine and seal with product is ok, or reclear the whole trailer if you are up to that task.
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for both replys. I wasn't even certain the clearcoat was still intact, but it appears to be. I need to look at how much damage there is overall and decide if & when I will tackle the polishing!
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anywhere you apply polish and do not get the "black" stuff on your rag and the surface, it still is clearcoated. That is any easy way to tell. If it starts to get black and then shine, you are stripped in that area.
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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Hi everyone,
I am posting a couple of pictures of spots on the skin of our 69 Caravel, hoping someone can help identify these and advise on how to repair them.


Also, the PO spray painted some rivets and screw heads in several places with silver paint...but without the use of any mask. See the photo...what should I do about that one??

Thanks, Krista
I would think you could work the paint off with Ultra Fine wet dry and not get into the clear coat if you take your time. Big Eyes, Soap and Water and time.

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The wet dry sandpaer sounds like a good idea...i'll give it a go. thanks!
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