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Old 09-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #1555
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:20 PM   #1556
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I'm sooo super bummed. I took my rig to the beach last month then had her professionally washed and waxed and noticed all sorts of squiggly lines all over. Im guessing this is what most of you are calling "filiform",

I cant expose myself to the chemicals (for various health reasons) that most of you are talking about and I cant afford to pay someone to do the work for me!

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
A dental scaling tool to clean the filiform out completely, clean well with soap/water, dry completely and coat with a brush-on clearcoat. A quality nail polish or auto clear. It won't look as good as a more aggressive/complicated chemical approach, but will stop the spread.
I've used a similar routine,(substitute mineral spirits for S&W), on many spots on the end caps with VG results. Out of sight out of mind.

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Old 09-07-2013, 09:28 PM   #1557
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This is what my 2013 International's grab handle and street side wheel well trim looked like at the end of April. We took delivery of the trailer at the end of February.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:54 AM   #1558
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This is what my 2013 International's grab handle and street side wheel well trim looked like at the end of April. We took delivery of the trailer at the end of February.
Those can be polished and or wet sanded out.

I just re-polish when necessary.

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Old 09-08-2013, 06:20 AM   #1559
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This is what my 2013 International's grab handle and street side wheel well trim looked like at the end of April. We took delivery of the trailer at the end of February.
Considering your location near the coast, I would consider that a precursor to filiform corrosion around rivets, panel edges, and external fittings as well as underbody corrosion of steel parts.

Post #1546 in this thread is a method we use with great success so far (although we don't live near the coast).

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #1560
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I don't post often as my motorcycle forum gets most of my attention. I do lurk occasionally, checking for information as needed or looking for a solution to a problem. I did manage said to schedule an appointment and it would be covered under warranty. Great, what's not had provided me with the rep's contact information so he now has a voicemail waiting for him when he returns next week.
With nothing good happening in the motorcycle world this weekend.
You don't frequent Advrider, do you? I wish I'd never have found it.. It's an addiction..ha..
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:36 AM   #1561
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It would take me hours on end to attend to all the spots on my rig and on all 4 of the wheels. Has anyone pursued a class action law suit? I really feel Airstream should be doing this work for me.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #1562
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From NOAA:In 2010, 123.3 million people, or 39 percent of the nation's population lived in counties directly on the shoreline. This population is expected to increase by 8% from 2010 to 2020.

This is a huge chunk of Airstream's potential market. Their product needs to hold up under conditions found near the coasts.

Had I known about the work I have ahead of me because I live within 5 miles of the Pacific, might have gone with plastic.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #1563
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Keep after them Al 13. You can't count on some dealers to be your advocate. The dealer where we bought ours was useless and we ended up taking ours to Ohio (1,400 miles) to get warranty work done right. The bad dealer is still a dealer and Airstream has had complaints about that dealer for many years.

There is a dealer in Eurgene, Oregon with a good reputation. It is fart, but at least it isn't 1,400 miles.

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Old 09-08-2013, 05:13 PM   #1564
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I wondered what that was... I blamed the dog. ;-)
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It was the dog—he always does that after he eats my homework.

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Old 09-08-2013, 11:39 PM   #1568
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It was the dog—he always does that after he eats my homework.

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Thanks, Gene, for clearing the air... now, back to the caustic issues at hand, or on our beloved Airstream aluminum under the "modern" clear coat finishes... filiform corrosion...

It's a ...

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