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Old 04-10-2004, 07:14 AM   #61
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Carl,
Welcome! There are a number of memebers who know a lot about stripping and polishing. Certainly try searching these threads for keywords like "polish", stripping, etc.

Also, the website www.perfectpolish.com is an excellent resource chock full of information about polishing.

Good luck with your project. Please be sure to keep us up to date and post a few pictures of your progress.
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Old 07-11-2004, 07:37 PM   #62
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Finally got started....

I spent the weekend trying to remove the clearcoat from the aluminum beast. I say trying because of now, I haven't been totally successfull. The Citristrip worked great on the top, but worked less and less the lower I applied it on the sides. The clearcoat just laughed at it and I applied several coats.

Since I'm trying not to kill myself in this clearcoat removal process, my next step is to try Napier's Removall 210. Sounds like it is less toxic than Aircraft stripper or the Jasco product. Hopefully, I can have the sides finished this week, so I can start the polishing process next weekend.
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Old 07-18-2004, 01:59 PM   #63
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Clearcoat is Removed

I Ordered a gallon of RemovALL 220 (supposedly the same as 210, but meant to be brushed on) from Down to Earth Products last weekend after reading favorable endorsements about it here at the forum. This was after trying Citristrip and Safestrip and finding they didn't work very well on the sides of the trailer. I brushed it on thick, waited approximately 5 minutes and used a plastic scraper to remove most of the clearcoat. After working on one side of the trailer I just hosed the remaining 220 and clearcoat right off.

If anyone is thinking about removing their clearcoat I wholeheartedly recommend the 220! It was safe and easy to use.

Now I start polishing.
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