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Old 08-30-2016, 10:24 AM   #1
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What's going on with this clearcoat?

So I have a 72 Ambassador and in front section that was rough area. I thought it was just the clearcoat, so after reading several posts here, I used citristrip to take it off. But after three rounds. 1 hour, 2 hours and 4 hours, it doesn't seem to have worked. It feels smoother and it pulled the clearcoat off from the top part of the panel, but not the center where I am having the issue. Can anyone tell me what's going on from looking at this photo and what the solution is?
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:21 AM   #2
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:30 AM   #3
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Okay. I tried to upload it again.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:37 PM   #4
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ok

so I can't tell what's with the center section, looks like maybe an acid like reaction, the top looks normal for the age. sorry but maybe another will have a better idea. Good luck, john
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:49 PM   #5
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Try plain old heavy duty paint stripper from the hardware store. Brush on wait,wipe off. None windy day,goggles, work gloves highly recommended. Stuff burns 1.8 seconds after contact on skin.;-) Careful of plastic parts or remove. Neutralize with mineral spirits. Worked for me. Good luck!
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:51 PM   #6
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Ps. Work in small sections at a time.
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Old 08-30-2016, 01:25 PM   #7
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Are you sure there is clear coat there to strip?
Try a little polish, if it turns black the clear coat is already gone.
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:36 PM   #8
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I believe the clear coat is gone. The bottom section looks like the aluminum is stained. There is a section on my trailer that looks the same way.
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:40 PM   #9
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I believe the clear coat is gone.
I concur. The area that looks milky is where clearcoat has been compromised for some period of time and the aluminum has oxidized. Polishing will get rid of it.

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AldeanFan, should I use NuShine II Grade F9 or something else?

Dingo Girl, do you just live with the stain? It's such a visible part of the body, I'd really like to get rid of it.
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Are you planning to strip and polish the entire trailer or just improve that area?

Polishing the whole trailer is a huge commitment, but worth it to some, myself included.

There was a discussion recently, polishing not to a mirror shine or something like that.
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Like insideout said it should polish out.
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thank you all. I will try polishing it.
any suggestions on polish?
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thank you all. I will try polishing it.
any suggestions on polish?
There are as many methods of polishing as there are polished trailers...here's our take on it after having done two:

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