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Old 08-26-2010, 04:39 AM   #1
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Stripping clearcoat

I am getting ready to strip the clearcoat off our 77 Globetrotter redy for polishing....I read somewhere that the strippers used are generally tough on plastic lenses so they should be removed or masked using aluminium foil, wondered what is generally thought of as the best way to address the problem, also wondered if the stripper will effect awning fabric, should that be protected in anyway, I am keen to learn what I can and appreciate any input, thanks, Steve
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:46 AM   #2
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Steve, the best (or almost best) strippers are the semi-paste type that you can control where your applying it. There are a lot of choices out there as you will soon find out from the others...
Zip-Strip seems to work well in this instance for me. Just keep a bucket of warm soapy water nearby and some rags and a water hose.
The clear coat will bubble right up on contact, then let it 'do it's work' ...by waiting per instructions on the product...
You would want to apply it in sections at a time so you don't go 'crazy all over the place at once'...
It has 'lye' in it, and it will certainly sting your skin, but just wash it off.
Just be careful not to get it on those other attachments like you said.
Lastly, - as a painter I always like to recommend those very affordable 'hog hair' brushes, they have a wooden handle, and because of the nature of the actual hog hair---they hold paint very well and can be done away with with no guilt feelngs. Don't blow your money on expensive brushes. The hog hairs cost hardly anything and most hardware places have them. PS why don't you just take the lenses off?
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:19 AM   #3
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Steve,
I'm about to undertake the same project on our '70 safari. I'm using RemovALL. I never considered how careful I need to be around the Windows, lights, etc. I realize that you wouldn't want to paint any of the paste on these areas, but what if some (mixed with water) gets on them in the ringing stage?
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Steve,
I'm about to undertake the same project on our '70 safari. I'm using RemovALL. I never considered how careful I need to be around the Windows, lights, etc. I realize that you wouldn't want to paint any of the paste on these areas, but what if some (mixed with water) gets on them in the ringing stage?
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Stripper

I stripped my 68 Sovereign and learned a couple of things.

1. Remove all plastic items, even if you wash the stripper off quickly it will still mark it.
2. Remove the awning, again the stripper will get on it and damage the material.
3. Avoid all seals around the windows, doors etc, the stripper will get in and destroy those over time.
4. Avoid using water, it seems that it gets the stripper into the seams of the skin and can cause leaks.

I used Bix aircraft stripper, applied it on a small area, removed the clear coat with a plastic scraper, and then wiped the residue with laquer thinner and a clean rag.

I was able to avoid leaks between the skin pannels that way.

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Old 08-26-2010, 11:13 AM   #6
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I just finished stripping my 68 ambassador yesterday. I used remove all 220 from vintage trailer supply. The stuff is genius. I bought 3 gallons as they recommended but only used 1 and a 1/4 gallons on my 28 footer. Brushed it on one side then the other. Then took the hose with a spray head on it. the stuff just fell off. The roof hardly had any clear coat left so it just cleaned it up a bit. There were a few spots I had to give a second coat but they were very small...


And i didn't take the plastic covers off. The stuff if it sat on there might do damage but I was careful. And rinsing it gets it all off without doing damage to any lens covers.

The one thing it won't do is take of paint. The blue strips around my trailer had been repainted (Poorly) it didn't touch the stuff. I will use a furniture stripper from the hardware store for this.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your input, I have thought all along I would probably have to remove the lights anyways once I get to the polishing stage, the clearcoat appears to be long gone on the roof area which is quite oxidized, actually looks rusty which of course it isnt, and is going to need quite a bit to polish off i imagine so it seems the lights are better off out of the way.
Living down here in New Zealand we dont have ready access to the same products as are available in the USA so I bought a gallon of Klean Strip whilst in LA and under recommendation of the RV place where we purchased the AS before shipping it to NZ. It appears to be a paste so I seem to have got that right.
It still seems a big job to have to remove the awning but I dont want to damage it either....is there any safe way to avoid doing it?
Also wondering if the stripper can damage the lenses, then how do we remove the pealing clearcoat from the lenses?
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[QUOTE=camaronz;887868]Thanks for all your input, I have thought all along I would probably have to remove the lights anyways once I get to the polishing stage, the clearcoat appears to be long gone on the roof area which is quite oxidized, actually looks rusty which of course it isnt, and is going to need quite a bit to polish off i imagine so it seems the lights are better off out of the way.
Living down here in New Zealand we dont have ready access to the same products as are available in the USA so I bought a gallon of Klean Strip whilst in LA and under recommendation of the RV place where we purchased the AS before shipping it to NZ. It appears to be a paste so I seem to have got that right.
It still seems a big job to have to remove the awning but I dont want to damage it either....is there any safe way to avoid doing it?
Also wondering if the stripper can damage the lenses, then how do we remove the pealing clearcoat from the lenses?

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:46 PM   #9
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Steve,
I'm about to undertake the same project on our '70 safari. I'm using RemovALL. I never considered how careful I need to be around the Windows, lights, etc. I realize that you wouldn't want to paint any of the paste on these areas, but what if some (mixed with water) gets on them in the ringing stage?
yes that was my concern too??
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:31 PM   #10
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Removall 220

I stripped my 31 foot 1976 last Saturday. I purchased two gallons of Removall from Vintage suppy.I am new to this kind of stuff but a friennd told me about it but didn't believe it was easy. I do things quick and sometimes not the best but this was easy. I did not have an awning so didn't deal with that. I removed the clip light lens, mopped the whole trailer using one gallon and a lambs wool applicator like you use for poly floors. Next time I will use a paint roller. I let sit 4-5 hours as directions and used a good pressure washer. I was amazed how it fell off in sheets. Other then pressure washer didn't touch it. 98% came off and tomorrow I will spot cover the few spots that I can find,recover with a roller all over incase I miss a spot and wash again. Because it's creamy I didn't tape or anything. If close to something I used a paint brush. This stuff doesn't burn your skin. and doesn't even discolor the grass. I does cost around $50 and I thought a bit high but now I think was a great deal.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:23 AM   #11
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Wow, sounds like great stuff, I will definitely get some next time we are back in the States for future Airstreams
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Remove all 220 is working correctly on old clearcoat but not on recent clearcoats....

Not better than a classic stripper you can bought in supermarket for less... Why make this australian product so good when generic strppers do the same job for less money.

I've bought mine at Vintage trailer supply for stripping the clearcoat on a new panel and the result is negative: no action at all !!!
For the price I've paid ( $100 for 1 gallon , shipping inclused to France) , i really regret the transaction.....
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I agree! Remove all is mostly hype. Even Citristrip beats it, smells better too. But, NOTHING beats good old Aircraft stripper.
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Just to complete my experience with the Remove "all" 220..... the old clearcoat is just off the aluminum and really not perfect AND MARKS the aluminum already cleaned ..... it's the bad surprise of the day....
Even washed, the stripper lets smog marks and you can polish again, what you've done....
This fact , the bad power on old clearcoat and finally nothing on recent clearcoat.... I wonder why so much people use it ..... nobody got these kind of problems ????
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