We have decided to remove the mouse fur and see the condition underneath. Adhesive strippers are pretty harsh and toxic – not to mention the fumes – so we did some research and found a green soy based stripper called “Soy-It”. We bought a small spray sample because we were pessimistic – would this green alternative actually work? Can a product without a “knock you down” kind of smell still work? Yes and Yes. We couldn’t believe it. The mouse fur actually peeled right back from the wall with a gentle tug. The left over adhesive was directly on the aluminum inner skin. We sprayed the Soy-It on and let it sit for 4 hours. It is thick and gel-like and doesn’t dry quickly… you are actually not supposed to let it dry. After the 4 hours we scrapped off the goo with a plastic scrapper and followed up with a general degreaser cleaner. It looks pretty good even before a polishing.
So what we have on at least half of our Airstream wall is what Airstreamers affectionately call “mouse fur”. Basically, it is a fuzzy, carpet type material attached to the aluminum under skin with adhesive.
The next step is to polish this aluminum. We still want to stay green so we found a company called Eco Touch. They make a cleaner/polisher for metal and aluminum. They have good reviews so we are going out to buy some and see how it goes. The aluminum isn’t the same quality as the exterior so we aren’t sure yet if we polish a few areas and leave them exposed. With the rest of the walls and ceiling, we plan to add American Clay natural plaster – see American Clay.