Originally Posted by jayray5
when polishing a 73 Tradewind--do i have to do it all it one weekend? Strip, compound, cyclo and plasticote?
After your polishing is finished, you need to make a game plan for the plasticote.
Make sure that all the polishing materials have been removed.
That game plan should start off with cleaning the entire shell, with a high grade lacquer thinner, "TWICE."
Use plenty of soft cotton rags, so that you don't smear any foreign materials around.
Wipe the metal with the direction of the mill finish, or grain.
Next, seal all the seams.
Have all the areas masked that you don't want the paint to cover..
Lastly, apply 2 double wets coats of the latest Airstream clear. It has been called by several names in the past, including some words that cannot be stated here. The names are not important, as they changed with the paint formulation. It at one time even call acrylic lacquer.
After the clear has dried, reinstall the other exterior parts.
After the last cleaning with lacquer thinner, the "TIME" starts.
You have, ball park, depending on the ambient temperature and humidity, about 6 hours to complete the painting process, including the resealing.
DO NOT attempt to wash the trailer again after applying the sealer. The sealer, to best serve you and the trailer, should always be covered by the paint.
After 30 to 45 days, apply a good coat of Walbernize to the paint.