When you start to do a restoration the options of products for you to use is endless...now I am not saying this list I have compiled is the best possible stuff for your job, just that I researched the heck out of stuff, bought multiple different products and of all that I have used, these were the best for me and my '69 Safari.
Number 1 item I could not have lived without is Rapid Remover. It is an industrial grade adhesive remover. I have used it in every possible way on my trailer. It removes the old Vulkem sealant, butyl tape, duct tape residue, Tuck tape reside, sap, tar and pretty much anything sticky like nothing you have seen before. Spray it on, leave it 60 seconds and scrape off into a paper towel repeat and wipe it down, and safe on clearcoats. Best part it de-stickifies the interior of the old vinyl walls:-) I buy it from my sign supplier, it was about a hundred buck a gallon and worth way more than that in the time it saved... Adhesive Remover | Rapid Remover | Rapid Tac Inc.
Number 2 item is actually two things, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and any mildew killing bleachy type of bathroom cleaner. Restores your interior vinyl walls to epic proportions. What was a grey dull interior trailer in mine was actually a beautiful bright creamy white..DON'T PAINT your VINYL WALLS try this. Buy the extra strong ones and they get smaller as you use them and they have to be wet to work
Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser® Extra Power
Number 3 favorite item is an old dental scaling tool, They are hard as crap to get, you can't buy them you can only plead with your dental hygienist to sneak you one of their old dull ones if you promise up and down to to never use it on your own teeth. I used mine endlessly in the old sealant removal process. The world ended whenever I misplaced it. The similar looking picks you can buy at an auto store do not compare...don't waste your cash on those...
Number 4 item I could not have lived with out was the rivet remover tool I bought from vintage trailer supply, best 40 bucks I've ever spent Rivet Removal Tool
I wasted a year without it, what the heck was I thinking...?
Number 5 favorite item is Krylon Fusion for plastics spray paint. It molecularly bonds with your old yellowed plastics and make them look awesome again, I am a big fan of the dover white colour as it matched the colour of the vinyl walls in the 60's and 70's trailers pretty well.... Fusion for PlasticÂ® | Krylon
I have used this paint for everything from my yellowed bathroom fixtures, restoring my plastic cabinet clasps, fridge interiors, hood scoops, toilets and ABS endcaps (Don't use it on the gel coated fiberglass ones) I'll post some pics of this stuff later.
#6 Next favorite thing is my Olympic rivet kit from vintage trailer supply. you can do repairs to your trailer without gutting it...
Olympic Riveting Kit
But if you do gut it buy this kit, Airstream Buck Riveting Kit
this kind is much cheaper in the long run if you have access to both sides of the panels you are working on. I bought both...
#7 most reached for item is an old dull chisel I had kicking around. I have used it to chisel off uncooperative rivets, stubborn 47 year old sealants and multiple other things
Above are my favorites, but I have also used the products below extensively and couldn't have gotten the job done without any of these items...
Products I used for sealing my exterior:
Aluminum tinted gutterseal (for sealing the window and door gutters and the thin overlapping panel seams) Aluminum Pigmented Gutterseal
Sitkaflex 221 grey for all the bigger gap areas
& then Captain Tolley's Creeping crack cure (for the rivets, each and everyone)
Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure
Then the items I used to properly coat my frame, step, tongue, bumper, tanks etc...
The POR 15 collection of:
POR 15 self etching Primer
POR 15 Silver and finally
and most importantly
POR15 TopCoat Silver
Stop Rust with POR-15® - We Know What Permanent Means!
Silicone remover, many options are available at your neighborhood hardware store. They all work... It is well worth it to buy some if you find some dumb a** has ever put silicone on your rig. (don't ever use it anywhere on your trailer, it etches the aluminium finish and nothing ever sticks properly on that area after you remove it.
Wine corks...they're free and work like an eraser on many old adhesive residues
Trempro 635 for sealing new overlapping panel areas, and dipping olympic and buck rivets in before setting them
TremPro 635 sealant
If you have the real wood interior... After testing many, many products I found I liked the Watco brushable lacquer. It is a nice finish, can go over top of most surfaces with proper prep work and it doesn't darken the wood you are applying it to. WATCO® Lacquer Clear Wood Finish Product Page
Nyalic for clearcoating. I used this for sealing up any patches so they don't get corrosion issues in the future, as well as for clear coating my taillight bezels after I restored them and for protecting my Belly pan molding after I refinished it. Nyalic®
MDO, Medium Density Overlaid Plywood: it is an exterior grade plywood commonly used in the sign trade because of it's wonderful outdoor life span. I used it for my subfloor and countertops and after sealing all the cut edges I could literally dunk my trailer in a lake for a month and I'm just going to be replacing my soft goods Canadian Plywood Association - MDO - Medium Density Overlaid
Roxul, Rock wool insulation, it's water, noise, fire and pest resistant and awesome. Ya, people in some geographical areas like the stuff that looks like bubble wrap covered in tinfoil, But I'm on the nice mild west coast of Canada, I'm not keeping heat out like the guys in Texas
Fiberglass, Carbon fiber and yellow ABS adhesive. I have used this for repairs on my plastics from the backside where needed
70's style grey window gasket for old leaky windows (fit perfectly on my 69)
1970 Airstream Window Glazing Strip
Scotch bright, lots and lots of scotchbrite...pads, wheels etc...
And of course since I'm TheSignLady my paint of choice is One Shot Lettering Enamel Home