The big question is we just took delivery 1 July. I don't think there should be any form fill on a brand new trailer. The door handle is also bad. I will discuss with Bay Area Airstream after the holiday.
Originally Posted by RareStream
The only way to be rid of this problem for good is to take them off, chemically strip them (that cheap clearcoat will flake right off) and polish them with aluminum polish.
Then, leave them uncoated. Do not clearcoat them. If you do, the corrosion will return.
If your corrosion on the aluminum isn't bad or deep consider yourself extremely lucky. Otherwise, you have to sand the corrosion off and it can be very difficult, deep, and stubborn.
It's best to catch this problem now. Much less work down the road.
Once they are polished, in the event they start to slightly tarnish (which will not be filiform or deep corrosion) you just have to wipe them with some more aluminum polish and it literally takes about 2 minutes a side. Then they look new again. Simple.
Who out there has a newer Airstream (say from 2001 through the current model year) that has the dreaded white spider veins AKA: form fill corrosion?
I know that Dmac had this and I do recall others saying they their shells had issues. I'm wondering now how widespread this issue may be. IMHO, this issue started on my trailer back in spring of 2005. The factory replaced all 4 of my rims and both cast alum tail lights. Not only has the corrosion come back on all 4 rims and both cast alum tail lights, but it now appears to be all over the body on both the exterior alum skins and the outside door trims.
A conversation with support in Jackson Center suggested that I lightly sand down the spots and apply clear fingernail polish to it. Do you know how bad my Safari would look after that given all the locations where this is??!!?? Asked what they felt was causing this because others also have seen this and I got no response.
If there are a number of us out there, perhaps it's time we grouped together. I can't believe a $50k RV (and in some cases, a heck of a lot more) is doing this at only 1.5 years old and is 10x worse now a 3.5 years old. Anyone know how to start a class action if there are enough of us??
South Texas here. I have a 2004 classic and has filliform plus the rims and door trim. It does effect the skin.
I read of this white spider vein AKA form fill corrosion issue immediately after taking possession of my brand new shining 2016 Classic. Dealer never mentioned the potential future issue. This said, I read numerous posts about the advisability of regularly apply Corrosion-X to the rig's seams, exposed rivet head and other non clear coated metal. I have started this process and plan to continue this preventative course of action. Hopefully the Corrosion-X, the fact that I will not be traveling regularly in salt treated road AND A LITTLE LUCK will serve me well.