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Old 03-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #21
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Airplane stripper is some awesome stuff, but it is really nasty to work with. I did all my stripping outside wearing goolges, long rubber gloves and long sleeves. I also found the spray can works better then using a brush. I am sold on the stuff. I am taking some bits and pieces and having them powder coated.

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Old 03-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #22
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Strippers

I've used the Airplane Stripper to get the clear coat off the Caravel. You're not kidding -- it is nasty stuff.

Since there are so many layers of different types of paint, I plan to try a bunch of strippers. I've learned the hard way from stripping boat bottoms that it's best to try multiple methods to find the best one for your particular job. I already have leftover strippers from multiple jobs, including Fiberglass stripper, Citristrip and Zip Strip. I also have a Silent Paint Remover that worked well on this old house.

I can see the boat yard from my kitchen window -- I'll walk over and pick up some All Pro Marine Remover to try too.

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:53 AM   #23
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John, I cannot believe you mentioned the silent stripper. I own three from my days of doing some historic restoration work. A very effective tool. I have found they do not work on Zolatone very well.

If you think aircraft stripper is nasty....
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:25 AM   #24
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Multiple Stripping Challenges

Frank,

I bought the Silent Paint Remover to work on our 1849 home. You're right -- it can be very effective on wood. I hope it works on the furniture inside the Overlander, which appears to have about three layers of latex paint on it. The last layer is brown, so it looks like varnish in the pictures. If it is all like that little drawer, the first layer is a bright blue, which really got into the grain of the mahogany. Bummer.

I'm hoping to minimize use of nasty chemicals by using the Silent Paint Remover followed by sanding on the furniture and -- hopefully -- Citristrip on the multiple layers of latex over parts of the Zolatone. Then I thought I'd bring out the nasty stuff.

Or, do you think the Marine Remover will cut through 2 layers of latex AND the Zolatone in one shot?

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #25
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Silent stripper sounds interesting. I have refinished many pieces of furniture and have always used stripeez.

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Old 03-20-2012, 01:16 PM   #26
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it will go right through anything. Anything except Zolatone. It takes two coats.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #27
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Recovery Mission

She's home!

Given the work that the seller did, it was a relatively easy trip. He had put new tires on her and agreed to grease the bearings and set up the brake lights. When we got there, the seller and a friend worked a lot longer than expected helping set up the WD hitch, which wasn't pretty but worked quite well. I'm so glad we had the WD when we were caught in rush hour on I-95 in Connecticut.

We brought a full roll of Duck Tape and used nearly the entire roll to handle the three problems we encountered. The first was the bellypan -- it was corroded enough in the front that it dropped and started dragging. We tied up the old propane line and taped it up with half a roll. As you can see, we just made it.

The door opened more than once. Luckily we had heard multiple warnings to tie it off. Only damage is a slight dent where the rope held it back. After nearly another half roll of tape, the wind drag was reduced enough that it never opened again.

The last bit of Duck Tape was used to keep the rear window closed. The locks were quite brittle and the last good one snapped on the way home.

All in all, it was not a bad trip.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #28
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Documentation

We haven't had a chance to read through all the original documentation that came with the Overlander, but this should give you an idea. It looks quite complete.

The sellers had removed the gaucho and stove parts, but didn't throw them out. They were in the trailer when we arrived.

We'll definitely find the more subtle warts in her tomorrow, but it was a great find! Lots of potential for a restoration.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:59 PM   #29
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Is that for sale?

We pulled up by the side of the house and didn't even have a chance to unlock the door when someone came up and said "Are you selling that?"

Nope.

This legacy trailer is in good hands. More pics tomorrow.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:41 PM   #30
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John,
You're going to have a much easier time stripping the cabinetry & interior zolatone paint when everything is out of the trailer. Assuming you're going to re-zolatone the interior, you'll probably get away with removing the latex paint with stripper, then sanding the original zolatone with a DA sander to assure paint adhesion. All of this can be done outside with lots of air flowing by
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John,

Good to see you made it!!! All that documentation is fantastic! I'm looking forward to this thread
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John, glad you made it home safely. If only I had stock in that duck tape company!

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:26 AM   #33
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More duck tape

More duck tape .. or was it more cowbell?

I looked out at the Overlander this morning from a second floor window and noticed one more casualty. We lost a Hehr vent cover. Luckily, the Ladeux openers are still there.

Should have taped that one too.

Thanks for the kind words. It's great to have her home.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:55 AM   #34
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"Duck tape--a camper's friend" has been one of my sayings for all the years I've camped. Don't leave home without it! I'm glad you made it home with at least some of your trailer! I too will enjoy watching your thread!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #35
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Just catching up on your thread. Looks like some great reading material. How about some more pics?

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Pics

Norm-

Do you mean pics of the trailer or of the documentation?

I recorded a video of it that I could upload to Youtube if there's interest. I find that you never have enough pics of the original, so I did about 10 minutes of the as-found state.

Thanks for your documentation on your thread and blog. I'm sure I'll read it multiple times.

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Do you mean pics of the trailer or of the documentation?

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Good question. I'd love to see both. I got a pretty good stack of papers with my trailer and had a blast picking through it. You get a real sense of history looking through original documents - even things as simple as repair receipts can tell a lot of stories.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:48 PM   #38
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John, congratulations on the recovery, I'm so glad you picked up another one, I really enjoy looking at your work. Can't wait to see what you do with it, and can't wait to sit in the salon and have a Shiner Bock with you next time you come though Austin!

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Thanks, Marcus. I look forward to having her finished and in Austin.

Sorry to say that you won't be the first to have a Shiner Bock in her. We had a group of friends over last night and had the first round in the Overlander -- Shiner's hand carried from our last Texas trip. Seemed like a worthwhile use of some of our last remaining stock.

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Cleanup and Leaks

The Overlander is now safely off the street and in the back yard. It's such a low rider that we had to put down a dozen 2x4's and several sheets of plywood to get her over the sidewalk. The exterior is now pressure washed, soaped up and pressure rinsed. The interior is vacuumed and scrubbed -- but still unlivable.

Rained pretty hard yesterday. I was shocked to find out that she leaks! I didn't know that Airstreams leak!

Took a bunch of pics.
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