restoring exterior of stepvan

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Dgaviolac
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restoring exterior of stepvan - Wed, 07/3/13 7:14 PM
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im just finishing up the last few things on the truck its an 89 gmc grumman p60 and the aluminum is oxidized also where the old lettering was you can still see even after it was taken off like the glue is still there or it oxidized alot less. Since I wont be able to afford a wrap til the earliest maybe next year how do I go about restoring the aluminum to a like new state soda blast?wetsanding?

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Wed, 07/3/13 11:25 PM
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Theres a 3M eraser wheel that does great for taking off old lettering glue (I have an old Snap On Truck-same song and dance).
 
As for refinishing you might have to do a very light sanding in order to get the oxidation off then buff it from there to your desired finish.  That way it will all be even and clean.
 
On a side note how did those propane brackets work for ya?

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Thu, 07/4/13 9:26 AM
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I couldn't agree more the 3M eraser wheels are amazing. Great tool.

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Thu, 07/4/13 1:01 PM
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ok thanks guys ill look into it. They said the brackets were in stock than after waiting for a month they than told me they were special orders I cancelled the order fabricated my own bracket because I couldnt wait and just the other day the stupid brackets came and now they wont accept a return because they are special orders even though I have an email confirming that the order was cancelled so im going to have to dispute the charge. Looks like they would work ok ill post pics of the bumper I made later today

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Fri, 07/5/13 1:22 AM
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Yikes I hope you get that sorted out and look forward to checking out your bumper!

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 3:28 AM
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If you can't get your money back post them on here,I'm sure they would sell in a couple days.

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 12:21 PM
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so my truck is all done except the exterior still I tried wetsanding it and  from the letters being on there for so long underneath where the letters were is way brighter than the rest of the truck would using an aircraft stripper help?im at a loss here and it needs to look presentable by saturday possibly a roll on paint job?

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 12:30 PM
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or acid wash?

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 12:59 PM
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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 1:00 PM
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still not letting me upload pics but my photobucket has been updated so you can see what im talking about and the bumper http://s914.photobucket.com/user/g19n87r/library/#/user/g19n87r/library/?sort=3&page=1&_suid=137330267443404926325981696003

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 6:41 PM
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I like that.  Almost like a cross between a step bumper and loading platform.Wish I could/would have done that with mine!  Did you buy the bumper or have it made?

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 7:00 PM
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made it

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Mon, 07/8/13 7:24 PM
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Looks great!  Building one of those is certainly beyond my scope.
 
 

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Re:restoring exterior of stepvan - Tue, 07/30/13 11:59 PM
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have you been to an old AirStream buffer shop? those guys work magic with almost and substance on aluminum.
ask a local RV shop who they recommend.

Zach