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Old 01-31-2014, 02:03 PM   #1807
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Costco had clear coat pens. I think you can also order from Airstream.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:50 PM   #1808
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Very new here, so I suspect this may be blasphemy, but...

...what's the take on just painting an Airstream?

I mean, the aluminum is beautiful, but realistically aluminum airplanes are (mostly) painted for protection - those that aren't are known to need a LOT of care to keep shiny.

Just wondering how an Airstream would look painted in a really glossy silver - or any color of choice, for that matter.

Do I need to duck for cover???
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:06 PM   #1809
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Very new here, so I suspect this may be blasphemy, but...

...what's the take on just painting an Airstream?

I mean, the aluminum is beautiful, but realistically aluminum airplanes are (mostly) painted for protection - those that aren't are known to need a LOT of care to keep shiny.

Just wondering how an Airstream would look painted in a really glossy silver - or any color of choice, for that matter.

Do I need to duck for cover???

Hi, Airstreams have been painted before. Mostly with silver paint. Argosy's have been painted in several colors besides the factory colors. We plan to have our trailer painted someday when it starts to look real bad.
And I don't want it to be silver either. We will want something unique and won't care what others think because it is for our enjoyment, not someone else's. So I say, do not duck for cover.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:40 PM   #1810
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I would paint ours if it started looking rough, but it would be silver. I doubt most would see the difference. To me that would be the final solution to extensive filiform corrosion if everything else is in good shape.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:05 PM   #1811
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Xzylon coating

Hi all:
I thought I would post this since this seems to be an on going and probably never ending problem with new AS's. We bought a very slightly used 2012 28 International CCD in the late summer of 2012 from a well known local dealer. When closing the deal, we were told that the previous owners had paid to have the trailer coated with a product called xzylon. It was "a new surface protection developed for Boeing to protect the surfaces of their planes". Supposedly protects from acid rain and corrosion, so we were told. The xzylon had a 3 years warranty but to keep the warranty current we would need to have the TT recoated to the tune of $675. We agreed to the new coating thinking it was a good investment for the protection of the TT. We spent one night at the coast on our shake down trip, brought the trailer home, washed it and put in covered storage for the winter. Last spring, after bringing it home and washing, I noticed several spots of filliform on the end cap and around lower streetside rivets. We also had corrosion around most of the clearance lights that were replaced by the dealer at no charge. When I asked the dealer about the filliform, he said they had never heard of it on a TT with the xzylon treatment and would contact his xzylon rep. This trailer had 2 treatments of xzylon, which has a 3 year warranty, in less than a year and still was getting corrosion. To make a long story short, the dealer and xzlon will not stand behind the cost or repairs to our trailer. I have told everyone i have met not to fall for this scam since some were thinking about it, and hopefully now the forum knows also. You can by a lot of wax and sealer for $675. I have bought my X and t9 and will do my best to stop this from spreading.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:29 PM   #1812
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Hi all:

I thought I would post this since this seems to be an on going and probably never ending problem with new AS's. We bought a very slightly used 2012 28 International CCD in the late summer of 2012 from a well known local dealer. When closing the deal, we were told that the previous owners had paid to have the trailer coated with a product called xzylon. It was "a new surface protection developed for Boeing to protect the surfaces of their planes". Supposedly protects from acid rain and corrosion, so we were told. The xzylon had a 3 years warranty but to keep the warranty current we would need to have the TT recoated to the tune of $675. We agreed to the new coating thinking it was a good investment for the protection of the TT. We spent one night at the coast on our shake down trip, brought the trailer home, washed it and put in covered storage for the winter. Last spring, after bringing it home and washing, I noticed several spots of filliform on the end cap and around lower streetside rivets. We also had corrosion around most of the clearance lights that were replaced by the dealer at no charge. When I asked the dealer about the filliform, he said they had never heard of it on a TT with the xzylon treatment and would contact his xzylon rep. This trailer had 2 treatments of xzylon, which has a 3 year warranty, in less than a year and still was getting corrosion. To make a long story short, the dealer and xzlon will not stand behind the cost or repairs to our trailer. I have told everyone i have met not to fall for this scam since some were thinking about it, and hopefully now the forum knows also. You can by a lot of wax and sealer for $675. I have bought my X and t9 and will do my best to stop this from spreading.

'Scammers' is too nice a word for these snake oil pirates. They are clearly selling a useless placebo product which they probably rationalize as a way to make owners feel more safe. With no intention of honouring the warranty though, they deserve to be shut down.... To sue these jerks isn't worth the hassle but it might be some comfort to know that the Airstream community knows them to be low-lifes of a particularly contemptible species. Spread the word brother.

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Old 02-01-2014, 02:02 PM   #1813
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Filform Corrosion

I am up for a class action law suit.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:25 PM   #1814
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If you read the read the warranty on the paint protection it probably states that if it fails they will apply it again at no charge and nothing about damage repair.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:58 PM   #1815
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I had the same corrosion problem around the lights, the dealer replaced all 7 lights with adding a base to them and cleaned up the corrosion around them. Surprise to me they also replaced the whole rear bumper with brand new one without asking. That was surprise even though old bumper was getting discolored I did not ask for the replacement. The dealer also fixed some minor stuff outside with out asking.
I was extremely pleased with the Airstream folks as well as their dealer for the outstanding service. They also provide me a can of Corrosion X. I vote for working with the airstream for any corrosion problem rather than talking about class action law suit.
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:14 AM   #1816
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Last checked on this thread back in spring of '09. Looking again and since "Aluminitis" is a pretty permanent condition, I thought I'd check in to see if the problem was solved. Oh my goodness! Over 1800 posts now. Amazing. Still love the look of those Airstreams we see on the road though. I think they cause more rubbernecking than any other vehicle on the road!
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:26 AM   #1817
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To date we have brought ours back three times. Dealer was very helpful until the corrosion re-appeared after the the repair. To date all the marker lights have been replaced and the corrosion repaired. (Re-appearing). Door hinges repaired, unsatisfactory. Rear bumper replaced, and then damaged at the shop. Still waiting on a replacement. Rear tail lights replaced due to corrosion. After third trip back was told to contact airstream. Basically got no where with them. Class action lawsuit, you bet. Guess 70k does not buy much manufacturer support. Also btw we have the extended warranty. Read the small print. Corrosion not covered in either warranty. Dealer did the repairs out of the goodness of their own heart. Can not blame the dealer, they are not getting the support from the manufacturer. I am still not a very happy camper( pun intended)
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:51 AM   #1818
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dean, besides faulty design or manufacturing, what were the environmental conditions that may have led to your extensive corrosion problems?
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:32 AM   #1819
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I am up for a class action law suit.
I'm with DeannDonna, a class action suit deserves some attention.

As for Zea's comment about working with the dealership; that's great IF you're under Airstream's warranty. Many of us are out of warranty. AND, for me joining a class action suit would be more out of principle. We all spent good money for our rigs and we shouldn't have to deal with corrosion.

Just my two cents.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:34 AM   #1820
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Airstream can easily change the alloy of their raw aluminum sheets, if they cant then they need to shoot their bean counter. After all these years they do know what alloy is best to use! Raw material cost is not an issue here except to a greedy bean counter...
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