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Old 06-01-2017, 11:07 PM   #1
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Clear coat remover

I have found some old posts regarding clear coat removers however too many information and I am not sure which one to go with. I couls not find 1 gallon of Aerospace PR-5044, they sell only 5 gallons on vintageairstreamsupply, any suggestions? I want to go with good quality porduct.

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Old 06-02-2017, 09:04 AM   #2
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First question is what year and model do you have? And,what is the condition of the clear coat you are stripping?

Generic answer to your question is that you can get Citrus-strip gel from your big-box hardware store, and it will do the job just fine. You can alsousually buy the "Aircraft stripper" at most autoparts stores, especially Pep Boys.

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First question is what year and model do you have? And,what is the condition of the clear coat you are stripping?

Generic answer to your question is that you can get Citrus-strip gel from your big-box hardware store, and it will do the job just fine. You can alsousually buy the "Aircraft stripper" at most autoparts stores, especially Pep Boys.

good luck!
Hello,

It is 72 25ft Tradewind. Clear coat is over the trailer probably 70%. Exterior skin condition is good I can say. I attached a picture so you can see. Thank you! Click image for larger version

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Old 06-02-2017, 10:42 AM   #4
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The Citrus-strip will take the clear coat off of your trailer just fine. In the places where it hasn't been weathered, it may take a second application, but this stripper is easy to work with and won't take your skin off if you get a drop of it on you. Be sure to thoroughly mask any plastic stuff (ie., clearance light lenses, lexan windows, etc.), ans most stripper will disolve them.

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The Citrus-strip will take the clear coat off of your trailer just fine. In the places where it hasn't been weathered, it may take a second application, but this stripper is easy to work with and won't take your skin off if you get a drop of it on you. Be sure to thoroughly mask any plastic stuff (ie., clearance light lenses, lexan windows, etc.), ans most stripper will disolve them.

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Thank you! Should I just cover the lenses etc with plastic bag and tape around?
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:28 PM   #6
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As long as the bags themselves are chemical resistant, this should work. I think I just used a bunch of painter's tape or duct tape, and it was adequate.

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As long as the bags themselves are chemical resistant, this should work. I think I just used a bunch of painter's tape or duct tape, and it was adequate.

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I appreciate your help.. thank you.
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:08 PM   #8
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Found out by mistake that Goof Off will remove clear coat. After my Airstream was broken into I put a cover over the window to keep rain out using Duct tape. By the time I got the new window and pulled the cover off the Duct tape left a film.

Didn't take long to see that the Goof Off was removing more than the tape film.
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:25 PM   #9
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Use aluminum foil and aluminum tape to protect lenses and other areas you don't want the stripper to affect. It's what they use when stripping aircraft for repainting.
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Old 06-03-2017, 04:50 PM   #10
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Use aluminum foil and aluminum tape to protect lenses and other areas you don't want the stripper to affect. It's what they use when stripping aircraft for repainting.
What about the sealings and gaskets? Air vent gaskets etc. I need to clean them as well but how can I prevent the gaskets not having issue? Or should I remove them all first? Thank you.
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Old 06-04-2017, 06:01 AM   #11
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It's best to remove and replace any gaskets you can. You can also protect them with aluminum tape.
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Old 06-04-2017, 08:28 PM   #12
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The Citrus-strip will take the clear coat off of your trailer just fine. In the places where it hasn't been weathered, it may take a second application, but this stripper is easy to work with and won't take your skin off if you get a drop of it on you. Be sure to thoroughly mask any plastic stuff (ie., clearance light lenses, lexan windows, etc.), ans most stripper will disolve them.

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Can I wash off the citristip with water? Or do I need to scrape it by hand? Thank you
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Old 06-04-2017, 09:56 PM   #13
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You can wash it off but for me i wanted to keep from making mud were I was working. A medium brush or stiff sponge will work but do not scrape off as you mentioned even with a plastic scraper or you will scratch the aluminum and make more work for yourself later.
FYI I tried several different strippers and the citristrip ended up working best overall for me. Temperature seamed to play a role with the diff types and it worked best when warm out.
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Old 06-04-2017, 09:58 PM   #14
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You can wash it off but for me i wanted to keep from making mud were I was working. A medium brush or stiff sponge will work but do not scrape off as you mentioned even with a plastic scraper or you will scratch the aluminum and make more work for yourself later.
FYI I tried several different strippers and the citristrip ended up working best overall for me. Temperature seamed to play a role with the diff types and it worked best when warm out.
Thank you! That is so helpful.
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:26 PM   #15
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I tried Citri-strip, Aircraft stripper and epoxy/paint stripper, but there are still large areas that won't come off. I ave done about 12 application and spray offs and it still looks like it has patchy clear coat. Is it possible that it's not clear coat? Here are some pictures. Please help. I want to be done with this damn clear coat!

Thanks.
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I have never done this but at this point I would be using a powered polishing tool
Asked the experts one technique
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:31 AM   #17
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Looks like clear coat to me.

Here is how you can test it. Use a 3M Scotch-Bright pad on one of those area after the stripper has been on for a few minutes. If it begins to release you have your answer.

We did use stripper and a pad on the vintage skins that were repaired in the English wheel.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:12 AM   #18
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Pulled the trailer from under the cover to strip the gel coat. I gallon of Citristrip for the 25 footer, no work on the top or the rear endcap repaired and coated last year.

The stripper will not work in sunlight, in our area we the fog provides the moisture and sunblock needed. Pressure washed removed the materials in sheets, only two hours of contact time. Something like 98% effective, the last 2% were specific locations.

Will not remove decal tap glue. Decals were steam removed, to remove the shadow ended up using a fiberglass wheel, then solvent cleanup stripper.

The uploaded pictures were taken in the fog free morning heavy dew, top crowns are covered in it. Without polishing the small scratches will remain, the oxidation on the upper can be blended to the sides with the use of #0000 steel wool.
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I'm going through this to currently, citrus strip is working best for me, shake it up well before applying it then let it soak for a couple hours, and using A white ultra fine scrubbing pad (Scotch-Brite ) soaked in stripper after wash I lightly scrub the area and that seems to take the last remnants off. Hope it works for you too.
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So, what do I do when I have stripped the the clear coat and it looks like the same spotchy stuff? Running my hand over edges of stained looking areas, there is no roughness, so I know clear coat is gone. How do I get rid of splotchiness? I have a 98 Excella Classic which would be a satin finish.
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