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Old 04-11-2013, 01:16 PM   #71
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Pan is in.

The Pan is now installed. I do need to patch some extraneous holes that were not repaired with the pan sheet.....mostly right at the side curve under.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #72
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time clean out the Barn

Whale Pod. You can see I have been working on the rear access doors. I have new ones all made up....pretty nice looking too.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:25 PM   #73
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:43 PM   #74
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Robin, would you call that a "flock" of Airstreams? You do such good work, very impressive.

Please don't rub in about the new compartment doors, wait until you see ours and all of the tiny dents! (Just kidding -- not about our dents, though.)

Another thing -- now I know where the sun has been hanging out, and it hasn't been Ohio! Most of your pics show sunshine, makes us Ohioans envious.

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #75
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Today

More sunshine all day....into the 90's this week end.

Soda blast the interior end caps and prep for Zolatone.

Not a hoarder. I get 'em to work on. Period. I am not a flipper and will sell any of them when I am done working on them....at my cost...not for profit by a long shot. Many will not understand that.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:35 PM   #76
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[QUOTE=Melody Ranch;1285155] I get 'em to work on. Period. I am not a flipper and will sell any of them when I am done working on them....at my cost...not for profit by a long shot.


Yep classic definition of a hoarder!! BTW denial is also a symptom.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:31 PM   #77
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Soda Blast

Both caps are done...now to Zolatone. Problem here....they have discontinued the production of the colors I wanted to mix....plan B.
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nice work! what's the Skinny on soda blasting? it doesn't put little dents in the aluminum skins? nice. what would I need to know to have someone Blast the paint off the entire exterior skins of my trailer? cheers. ted
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Soda blasting -- fantastic! I don't know anything about soda blasting either, but it certainly sounds like a very good way to get the old paint off.
I've been nervous about stripping the end caps, concerned that I might dent them in the process of stripping them. Soda blasting sounds like I wouldn't have to worry about that. DH has a sand blaster and large compressor, do you get the "soda" where you would get blasting sand? Do you need to take special care not to let it overheat the aluminum? What size tip do you use?

Did the inside of your exterior skins have the black on them that looked like it was painted on at seams? If so, did you soda blast those areas to get it off? I really don't know if it's necessary to worry about that black being on there. I'm thinking of just washing down the "wrong" sides of the skins and leaving that black there.

Your interior looks really good. (I love shiny aluminum!)

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Cleaning and prep

Ted...the soda blast did clean it all up nicely. However, I am not sure about a follow up polish. The surface looks and feels very smooth and I think it will polish well. I am going with Zolatone so I won't be able to tell.

Deb, I think the sand blaster can be set up to handle soda. You can buy it in bulk for the project. The black on the inside on the skins is sealant. Leave it alone....add more when you have access. I am using a rubberized spray sealant by Rustoleum and do all the interior seams before I put in insulation.

I found some Brazilian Hickory, Piano Finish, flooring at fantastic pricing....got it for the new floor. That goes in after the Zolatone this week. Windows and screens tomorrow,
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Thanks, Robin, for the info, on both the soda blasting and the black sealant. Where are you buying the Rustoleum rubberized sealant? Do you think it would also help with some insulating value, or is it strictly a sealant? (I did read that you were placing it on the seams.) I'm going to be polishing the interior skins, and not painting, so I'm glad to hear yours came out smooth after the soda blasting.

Brazilian Hickory should be beautiful. When we were shopping for flooring for our home, we were told Brazilian Cherry was much harder than American Cherry, so if the same holds true for Brazilian Hickory, you should have a floor which will really hold up well. I love hickory, can't wait to see yours installed.

I am so amazed at how you are moving right along, that's great! I'm hoping you share info on your electrical and plumbing because we're a little stumped there (especially electrical). We're not there yet, but hopefully it won't be long.

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things going slowly

Stripping the cabinets for zolatone paint is going slow....many layers of crap paint is coming off slow....1 gal of citrus strip may do it....I like aircraft stripper much better.
Moved inside while the stripper did its thing outside...I applied the rubberized sealant and chassis saver painted the channels and wheel wells. Also did some rivet repair work. All the rub rails replaced over vulcumed panel joints.
Also a picture of the new coupler....replacing the one which caused my tachicardia last week.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #83
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started the windows today

First ....gentily bend up the locking tab on one end of the window hinge. I then spray the hinge line with WD-40 or penetrating oil like "Blaster."

Remove the operating handle from the window frame.

Slide the window out the opened end.

remove all the frame screws and pal nuts. New ones on hand from VTS...along with new glass gasket.

Clean up all the aluminum frame pieces....I use 3M green abrasive pads and electric drill with a wire wheel for bad corrosion.

Clean the glass.

Four windows took me about three hours to get this far.

To be continued tomorrow.
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nice. I always wondered how you install new rubber for the windows. thanks for posting. ted
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