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star kitty 03-26-2011 05:12 PM

Exterior Paint Removal
Just out of curiosity, how hard is it to remove the paint on the exterior skin of an Airstream?

Did the surface need to be prepped by sanding before the application therefore degrading the aluminum surface? Is the removal similar, if not the same, for removing the clear coat? If so, what would you expect to find underneath?

There is an AS on Craigs in Phoenix that has been painted and my father and I were discussing this very issue.

How much work is in store to remove it and is there another reason (other than personal preference) one would paint the exterior?

Thank you!

slimbrady 07-25-2011 05:11 PM

I'm looking at a trailer with the same issue? Is it worth passing on or can this be removed easily? It's already flaking in some areas.

Splitrock 07-25-2011 08:32 PM

What's under the paint? Bondo?

It may need to be repainted.

Guess I'll pass.

jjustice 07-25-2011 08:37 PM

Its and AS that wanted to secretly be an Argosy. smile

JimWeilhammer 07-30-2011 02:19 PM

Dear star kitty,
I removed the clear coat with Jasco Paint and Epoxy Remover I purchased at Lowe's. It will damage plastic lenses and fixtures. Remove them or mask them to prevent damage.
If the Airstream has been sanded, primed and painted, you might consider having the paint redone with a high quality paint by a professional painter like Inland RV.

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