ok the airstream is gutted out, the clear coat is moved and I've begun to polish the exterior. Once I finish polishing the exterior I will remove the sub-floor and start the shell off.
The demo was pretty easy. The skins came off with little effort. There is a good video on our YT channel showing that process here.
The clear coat removal definitely took more effort than I had planned for but in the end it looks good. Some areas took three or four passes to get the clear coat off. So great job Airstream in 50+ year old clear coat lasting that long.
The polishing is a LOT of labor for sure but it is looking pretty good. I chose to use the NuShine F9 C and then S polishing process in three stages which I expect to take a few weeks (about a week longer than I had planned). Part of that is my schedule is busy at work but part of it is because it is just taking a long time! Plan for that extra time for sure.
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Here is a step by step overview of the project broker down into six phases with the estimate days for each section. Of course, that never happens and of course this would be with two people working full time. I am one person working part time so 60 days is not gonna happen but the time doesn't matter. It is about the process and planning for what materials and supplies you will need as you move your way through the project. Feel free to take this image and use if for your project. I accidentally deleted the original doc but at least I had a screenshot of the content!
I used this spreadsheet to organize the wall and roof areas and window openings. This will help when ordering materials for various projects. How much insulation will I need? How much sub-floor, etc etc. This info will go a long way towards making the right decisions when planning the project.