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Old 08-02-2014, 09:11 AM   #85
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I have heard you can get some big miles on these too. Just take care of them.
The fellow I got it from said Dad babied her all the time and has Tons of records of oil changes and so on.
I plan on continuing that same routine.

As far as the paint, I have all my Port Cable sanders. Hose to vac with trigger switch so when you hit the trigger on the sander, vacuum comes on.

Last night, I went back out (stuff like that will bug me until I get it figured out) and looked her over and thought to myself, yep, I don't even have to run the DA over her, just block sand her with 220 wet and dry and I would bet she will be ready to paint.
Those decals are so sun burned might just hit them with the DA sander to see. I have Plenty of supplies left over from my last projects.

Nice thing is, once I loose the stripes (will put a yard stick from the bottom up to the stripes, get some pictures for the measurements in case I go back the same theme) I have a blank canvas.
I might have to look around to see what I might like and change things as there is no rule book here.
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #86
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I ordered this product, taking all decals in about 2 weeks.

Vinyl-Off by CrystalTek? Green products that work


sign companies use it here more info

http://www.crystaltek.us.com/How-to-use-vinyl-off.pdf
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:25 PM   #87
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Keep us all posted !
Pictures and more Pictures the more we learn ! My Side Wall project starts on Wed next week in Brainerd MN.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:59 PM   #88
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Keep this in mind under THINGS NOT TO DO..........

If we ever find the need to remove any light that's screwed to the sides of our motorhomes or RVs, don't assume that the bulb and wire is retained by some fastener.

BEFORE you remove the bulb from the light socket, tie a string to the bulb's wires and keep tabs on it. Bulbs that exit sockets and then fall into the cap aren't going to be found again.

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:49 AM   #89
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I ordered this product, taking all decals in about 2 weeks.

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Let us know how it works for you. If it does as advertised, my guess is that it would save 100 hours of labor.
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things NOT to do, or avoid

Vertical joints (like between rear cap and coach body, or the frame on slides) cannot be taped off completely, so paint weeps into the crevice and down the joint.

When you tape off the coach to paint it, place some olive oil or vaseline or whatever's slick in the joint, beginning just below where you'll place tape.

That makes cleanup a breeze. OH, apply it all the way down to the bottom, because paint love to run
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Report From Brainerd MN- Sidewall Re-Finish- Wow A Lot of Work !

Photo 1 My Buddy George's Home Built Totorhome.
2)Sidewall Sanding Prep
3) More sanding
4)Primed in - 2 coats Polyester Primer
Base Coat/Clear Coat Tomorrow- Buffing- Saturday
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Almost Finished.
Yesterday- Sealer on after final west sanding, 2 coats base coat- new 1 in wide silver stripe, 3 heavy coats of Clear. all masking and plastic off.
Jessie gets a little pampering.

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Looking GOOD! Are you doing just the stripe, or is something else on your plate, too?


Another HINT for those that want to paint their stripes. Do Not remove the stripe if it's secure to the coach body. Sand with 220, prime and paint. Having the outline of the old stripe makes masking 1000% easier; especially on long swoops or curls.

We can't do it like the factory does, so having a template is the best solution.
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Rick,
We just re-finished the black stripe with the silver pinstripe- it was all flaking and pealing from the 06 paint job- suspect bad prepping.
This Kid is very knowledgeable and an awesome painter, as you know and as I now know- Prep is everything when it comes to the final finish. Can't tell you how sore this Old Guy was the 2nd day into the job.
Yesterday we finished the Refer Vent door and trim and the Washer/Dryer access Door in addition the Water Heater Door. Won't sand and buff those as they look like Glass.
Today Sunday we are wet sanding with 2000 grit and buffing, should only take a few hours as the new surface is dead smooth, He wants to eliminate the Edge that you can feel with the hand touch- doesn't bother me but He's Picky Picky Picky.
How did you job go -- All Done ??
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Beautiful American Eskimo! We had to put ours down in 2005 when she was 15 1/2 years old. One of the best dogs we have had!
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Thanks !
She is a Sweetie and great with Kids and Strangers, this is our 2nd- Jessie is 5 yrs old.
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How did you job go -- All Done ??
I wish! I hate to think about how many SF on that bus, then how many times I have to do something to all of them, then taping every darned section of stripe, etc. etc.

I'm closing in on finishing the left side, though. Had to see how the new colors would look


Final on this side is the driver's window section; the one that has a zillion blisters from poor factory prep. I'll have to spend a good bit of time prepping that, then break out the spray equipment to try to match existing silver.

Here's where we are at the moment: Before, During and After
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Question for you paint/body guys. The front cap, driver's side, has bubbles in the paint. That's the only place.

Some stripper revealed that there's more under the paint than fiberglass, and it's easy to gouge. It isn't glazing putty or Bondo, but I don't know what it is.

Anybody care to comment, and tell me how to fair the surface smooth again?
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