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Old 07-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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Using Citristrip to take off clearcoat

I really didnot want to do this, and then found out the strippers many used on here are no longer available.
However about 1/3 of the clearcoat was LONG GONE, and some of the skin had been replaced and clear coated over grease and fingerprints.
So somewhere on here I saw mention of Citristrip, available here at Home Depot.
It took some disasters to get it right, 1st, left it on much too long, 2 tried to use plastic scrappers that really left a mess.
So bottom line, finished today..
Took about 1 gallon to do my 31 footer. Bought it a quart at a time.
I poured it in a plastic bowl, about a cup full. Using a 3 inch brush, I painted it on a small (4X4ft section) Let it sit till it turned grey, but not dry.
Taking a bucket of water and a large firm sponge I washed it off.
This left no marks on the surface that was still very shiny. Then rinsed it
with a hose. Then do the next area, about 15 minutes per section at 75F out. Going back over it later, I found small areas that did not come off the 1st time, so touch it up with citristrip and wash it again.
I was very concerned that a stripped would damage the new vinyl trip Ihad put on, and also attack seams, no problems..
I used a meduim rubbing compound where the NEW met the OLD, ie long lost clear coat..makes a neater edge.
Later I waxed the entire thing with Walbanise, at this point I am very happy with it and don not intent to do a high polish.
If you forget and it dries, paint it again with the stripper, wait about 10 minutes and wash it off do not try to scape it off, lots of scratches.

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Old 07-21-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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About a year ago I used the same method to strip my 345 and it seemed to be the easiest way to go. Start to finish it took me about 5 days of 3 hrs per day.

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:44 PM   #4
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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Hey jim I might have some of the proper stripper left removall 220. Vintage trailer use to sell it. I bought 3 buckets when I stripped mine. I think I have one full one left. let me know if you are interested I can take a look.
This stuff you put it on with a brush and it comes off with the hose!!!!

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Old 07-23-2011, 11:06 AM   #6
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Hi, Thanks for the offer, however I am DONE, someday may do some polishing
with nuvite, but until them,.
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:19 PM   #7
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Buy Removall, it takes a few hours to put it on and no time to get it off with the clearcoat then gone.It's still for sale, I just got a can and stripped my 66. Polishing now.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:19 PM   #8
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Cheapest place to buy removall220

Well, I've taken out my stove, toilet, and bottom of closet to have some plumbing leaks caused by pipe freeze of last owner. A friend as a plumber is a good thing! Need to replace facets. This trailer has been sitting for about 15 years.
I also will get new bearings and repackaged on axels.
Have no plans on getting on knees to just light frig so will update.
Trailer has been sun baked and looking to take off clearcoat then polish.
Where is the cheapest place to get removeall220 and how much should I get?Have no desire to sand.
Thanks guys
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