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Old 03-27-2015, 10:16 PM   #71
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I can see that you would, Rarestream, considering your Avatar! What's the story behind that?
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:40 PM   #72
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LOL I just thought it was something different...and it makes it easy to scroll down to find my own posts!

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Old 03-28-2015, 10:51 AM   #73
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Thank You for the update.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:28 AM   #74
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Great job! Your Firebird is looking fantastic! If it is not too late, an album of photos with before and after will make for some fun conversations with people you will meet camping
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:42 PM   #75
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Great idea! Thanks!

Has anyone ever used an ozone generator for soot / smoke odor removal? Was it effective? I am thinking that we need to use it while the various melted parts expose the insulation and airgap between the two shells. then, once the skylight, exhaust fans, AC are back in place and sealed up, run it again.

The odor is so much less pronounced now that most all of the soot is gone (from where I can reach), but it remains noticeable.

And, yes, I do know to not let any living thing enter that space during the running hours and after, until the air has fully cleared. The Government web sites warn heavily against home use of ozone generators except in the use of fire damage restoration / cleanup.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:12 PM   #76
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Interesting project thread. I would use Aircraft stripper, then use a pressure washer to get all the clear coat off.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:27 PM   #77
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The before pictures of the bathroom makes it look like there may have been water inside.....water streaks down the walls? Is that the case? I was curious if you have checked to see if the plywood floor was wet?

BTW I also think the bronze look is pretty cool.

Keep the progress pictures coming.


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Old 03-28-2015, 09:59 PM   #78
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The streaks were from soot and fire suppression material, and then most certainly, water, as in rain. The various plastic roof parts all melted into the trailer, which was then exposed to the elements.

Now, this is western Oregon. The fire occurred Christmas Eve. Oddly enough, we have had a very dry Winter. The trailer was exposed to only one significant rain event before we took possession and threw up some protection. We put a heater on. I am crossing my fingers that the plywood subfloor will dry out and not rot. If it does, well, we have dealt with that before.

Do you have words of wisdom and experience to offer? We are all ears.

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Old 03-28-2015, 10:08 PM   #79
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Colin,
I see from your site that you have a lot of experience and have done some beautiful work. However, I am, at this point, a tired 60 yo Trauma ICU nurse, still working full time and can't get myself excited to strip this trailer just yet. I did strip an entire (exterior)Victorian Farmhouse (abt 2500 sq ft, 38 ft tall) using methylene chloride, then sanded the entire thing. It took me 5 months between work days and lots of vaca hours. There was not a single knot in that entire house. Gorgeous shiplap a full inch thick. I think I;ll hod off on that until I am retired. I actually just want a bit of fun in my life! My husband has worked hard on removing the big piles of gunk, but I doubt that he would ever consider touching Methylene Chloride. Nasty stuff, but it works wonderfully!

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Old 03-28-2015, 11:36 PM   #80
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Wait, you took that extremely rare museum worthy art work and stripped it back to normal aluminum? No artist anywhere could reproduce that coloring, ever!
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #81
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No, we haven't stripped it, nor do we plan to---at this time. We are OK with the unique coloring, which doesn't really show in the photo. It is an unusual bronze-gold-green, depending upon the lighting and which part of the trailer body you are looking at. Once there is failure of the clear-coat throughout, we will strip.
The extreme discoloration was surface lying and would have really looked freaky with exposure to rain / wind. So that was removed.
Now the custom warpage----hmm, that will remain, as well. All scars leave a story to tell.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:55 PM   #82
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Elegantly waving your hand at the exterior of Phoenix, genteely opine, "This, like the patina of a Tiffany Lamp must never be removed or it will lose 90% of it's value, my dear."
Say it with like you're pimping Gray Poupon! Then wink.

The inside cleaning job is almost more impressive than the outside work. I'd have had at least 2 or 3 crying jags by now, just imagining what remains. Do the contents of the refrigerator help that much?

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Old 03-30-2015, 03:49 PM   #83
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Same fire?

TWO in the same state!

look at this, your Phoenix wants a friend!

Phoenix and Firebird!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ml#post1600375

see post 23
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Wow - I am in awe at your determination. The results are speaking for themselves - nice job! Thank you for taking time to share your experience. You'll have great stories and memories to share, and every time you go go camping you are bound to spend a lot of time recounting them.
Hope to meet you on the road somewhere.
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