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Old 08-31-2008, 10:12 AM   #161
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It's looking great Barry, that's a lot of hard work right there.

Have you considered using a chemical stripper to get through the clearcoat rather than using mechanical means? It might go faster. A lot of people here on the Forums have used Napier Removeall for stripping the clearcoat, it seems to work pretty well as a brush-on, wait, and rinse method. It's also environmentally friendly, folks have washed it off right into their lawns without ill effects.

Just a thought, if your current method is working for you, then by all means keep it up.

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Old 08-31-2008, 12:19 PM   #162
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Hey Marcus,
You make a good point. I may do a hybrid of the two and just sand around things that don't like chemicals like seals, etc.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:37 PM   #163
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Stripper

Well, I haven't posted in awhile because it seems that I haven't made any visual progress. I've been chemically stripping off the clear coat. The good news it that the clear coat did a good job of preserving the aluminum. When the clear coat comes off, the aluminum requires very little polishing. I'm hoping that since the stripping is taking so long, that the polishing will go a little quicker. We'll see.

I'm taking the family camping the weekend after next so everyone is getting excited!
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:58 PM   #164
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You'll find those muscles, glad its going better. So far I haven't found a project more rewarding than polishing all day (especially the first cut that takes the gray away), and standing across the street and combing your hair in the reflection. How's your tan now? =)
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:55 AM   #165
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Sunglasses are required equipment for sure!
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:23 AM   #166
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That baby is sure looking nice. I can almost see it shining from here. Your muscles will get back to normal after the whole trailer is done and eventually your arms will look like tree trunks. They'll look good with you new tan.

Didn't anyone tell you not to renew your membership in the gym?

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Old 09-11-2008, 11:59 AM   #167
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My name will soon be Aah-nold form Caal eef orneeia!
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:26 PM   #168
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Also, be sure to read Franks post: "Back in the Groove" post on his blog. Its a perfect way to get that polish work going!
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:33 PM   #169
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Yeah, but don't read the filthy potty-mouth posts before that one! Those might just discourage you...
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:35 PM   #170
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One tip I can share is that I use my Apple iPod headphones under my Stihl Hearing Protection. They fit perfectly!
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Good tip. I just bought a new 80GB iPod Classic. Plays movies too. Using the iPod will give me a reason to ask my wife to dig in my pockets besides for my wallet
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Be sure to run the earphone wire under your shirt and down to your iPod. I did not do that the first time and the Cyclo made mince meat of the wires! I won't make that mistake again!
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I did that too with my makita compounder. wound right up to my throat before it stopped. I was going to post about it, but was rather
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Be sure to run the earphone wire under your shirt and down to your iPod. I did not do that the first time and the Cyclo made mince meat of the wires! I won't make that mistake again!
Ha! NOW you guys post this advice, about 8 months too late for me! It still makes my wife laugh! I didn't think it was soooo funny at the time. Oh, the beating I took from those headphone wires-and I listening to The VAP!
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Using stripper, I have about 2/3 of the entire trailer free of the clear coat. It looks good but will look much better after the first cut with Nuvite #7. Looking forward to listening to the iPod tomorrow (with the headphone wire run UNDER my shirt
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Yes me too. Todays music of choice for polishing will be Little Feat: Let It Roll. Apple needs to invent wireless iPods & headsets for us polishers!
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Excellent selection of music but you'll need more than one CD. I recommend their Waiting for Columbus double live CD too. Their earlier work with Lowell George is hard to beat, IMO.

Whatever Little Feat you choose, its great polishing music.

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yes, so true! Plus a little Levon, Richard, Rick, Garth & Robbie, AKA The Band!
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Another fine band selection for polishing. Sorry Barry, we kind of took over your thread with this music discussion.

Now back to your regular postings.

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Old 09-14-2008, 03:37 PM   #180
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