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Old 03-22-2019, 02:42 PM   #295
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Hi guys been a while since I have posted. I have done a complete rebuild of our 54 Globetrotter along with building a 49 Trotwood. I am looking forward to getting back to silver spoon this spring after a winter of work and camping in Fla. Having polished a few airstreams I would like to have you consider using acetone for any and all clean up between polish sections. Take a hard look at what lacquer thinner is made out of. Just my .02
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:20 PM   #296
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Hi guys been a while since I have posted. I have done a complete rebuild of our 54 Globetrotter along with building a 49 Trotwood. I am looking forward to getting back to silver spoon this spring after a winter of work and camping in Fla. Having polished a few airstreams I would like to have you consider using acetone for any and all clean up between polish sections. Take a hard look at what lacquer thinner is made out of. Just my .02
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Barry, please enlighten me. I thought acetone was the key component in lacquer thinner and a lot more evaporative by itself. Is lacquer thinner more toxic? Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:16 PM   #297
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Acetone does not contain anything that prevents rapid evaporation. Lacquer thinner has waxes that slow down evaporation to allow it more active cleaning for breaking down lacquer, at the expense of leaving a wax film. There is another chemical which I canít remember right now that is highly toxic. Educate yourself , find out the chemicals you are handling
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:06 PM   #298
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Should have read there is another active ingredient in Lacquer thinner that is highly toxic but canít remember itís name right now
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Old 03-23-2019, 12:42 AM   #299
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Methyl Ethel Keytone (sp). Also known as MEK. Really nasty stuff, flammable as hell and very toxic. Not something you even want to be around the vapors from it.
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Third ingredient is methanol- it will kill you- even vapors are highly toxic.
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It should be noted that using even small quantities of this stuff requires massive amounts of ventilation, proper protective gear, and caution.
One big thing is never work alone with dangerous solvents. Need a safety observer outside the area keeping an eye out for someone being overcome by fumes. Darn near lost an employee that was leaning into a degreasing machine trying to clean residue out of the bottom of the tank. He came close to passing out because of the lack of oxygen caused by the fluorocarbon solvent fumes in the machine that had not dissipated even though it appeared to be empty. The solvent vapors are heavier than air, and although they are not poisonous per se, they displace oxygen. Fortunately he was spotted acting Ďdrunkí from lack of oxygen and was pulled out in time.
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I appreciate the headís up. Weíll look at updating our PPE and research some other choices of cleaning solvents.
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There is stuff out there that is safer. Some of it is organic.
There have been situations where a airline mask and a full chemical suit is necessary with some solvents, and itís still scary. Some of that stuff is absorbed through your skin, and attacks your liver. Best to read the material safety data sheet (MSDS) and heed the warnings.

Thereís a reason some of the stuff at the big box home improvement store is sold in no bigger than quart cans. Itís to limit exposure.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:07 PM   #304
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Bumper Trunk

I just added a bumper trunk made of perforated 16 ga stainless steel. I figured water would get in there one way or another and want the water to get out. We had an unused macerator pump that came with the '66 trailer and decided to use it here. My wife strongly dislikes the standard 3" sewer hoses and agreed to continue dumping the tanks provided I simplified and sped up the process. We don't have a black tank since we have a composting toilet, but we do have 2 gray tanks. I know, the macerator is overkill but it keeps the wife happy.
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Stephanie finished the Naugahyde cushions. We went with an angled backrest for comfort and a bolster under the window because we didn't want to encroach. Naugahyde was used in the day, but is a lot softer now. Should be easy to maintain too.
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Who manufactures the laminate you used? We're trying to find a shade of teal/aqua to go with the color we painted the metal wall cabs.

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Who manufactures the laminate you used? We're trying to find a shade of teal/aqua to go with the color we painted the metal wall cabs.

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Wilsonart was the manufacturer and Ocean is the color. It had different finishes. Ours was linearaty. It came in a standard 4x8 sheet but also comes in 5x12.
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Nice job on the bumper trunk Bubba. I really like the perforated bottom.

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Old 03-27-2019, 09:11 PM   #308
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Nice job on the bumper trunk Bubba. I really like the perforated bottom.

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Thanks Dan. I did a job a few years ago in Dallas on the UT campus. We used a lot of perforated SS panels. They came from PMI in San Antonio. Had some scrap left over.
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