Need Help Cleaning paint on aluminum trailer

FS NB

New Member
We have a bright yellow aluminum sided trailer that we are replacing the graphics on. There is a significant "shadow" from the old graphics and we are having difficulty cleaning the surrounding area to blend this in.
We have tried mild soap and water, rapid remover, TSP, bleach, simply green, and several other household cleaners. We haven't been able to clean the paint with non abrasive methods. Picture attached

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Billct2

Major Contributor
It needs to be buffed with polish compound
Problem is these trailers are often made cheap and you may go thru the yellow.
 

mkmieciak

Lost Soul
We have a bright yellow aluminum sided trailer that we are replacing the graphics on. There is a significant "shadow" from the old graphics and we are having difficulty cleaning the surrounding area to blend this in.
We have tried mild soap and water, rapid remover, TSP, bleach, simply green, and several other household cleaners. We haven't been able to clean the paint with non abrasive methods. Picture attached

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
We have a bright yellow aluminum sided trailer that we are replacing the graphics on. There is a significant "shadow" from the old graphics and we are having difficulty cleaning the surrounding area to blend this in.
We have tried mild soap and water, rapid remover, TSP, bleach, simply green, and several other household cleaners. We haven't been able to clean the paint with non abrasive methods. Picture attached

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
What about Ghost off or is that just for oxidation?
 

rjssigns

Major Contributor
Agree completely with Billct2. Powder coat on aluminum is ridiculously thin. If you try buffing be very careful. Truth is unless the client wants to repaint it's a lost cause. You'll end up chasing your tail trying to make it look halfway decent then burn through a spot. Now you're on the hook for a full repaint.

Above information is from my installer who's done over three hundred trailers in the last few years.
 

FS NB

New Member
Agree completely with Billct2. Powder coat on aluminum is ridiculously thin. If you try buffing be very careful. Truth is unless the client wants to repaint it's a lost cause. You'll end up chasing your tail trying to make it look halfway decent then burn through a spot. Now you're on the hook for a full repaint.

Above information is from my installer who's done over three hundred trailers in the last few years.
Thanks for the response / advise.
 

visual800

Very Active Member
I will wash with softscrub cleaner and if that dont do it they need to go somewhere else or pay me to wetsand and buff....which could open up a whole new world of hell. I would walk away
 
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