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Old 01-25-2009, 12:40 PM   #589
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My 03 Safari has numerous white spiders around the “Airstream” emblem Does anyone know how the emblem is attached?

Double sided tape.

Here's some info on what we are dealing with.

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Old 01-25-2009, 01:39 PM   #590
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Small aircraft are:

- painted or polished, not clearcoated
- not exposed to road salt
- some interior surfaces are painted with zinc-chromate primer
- generally stored inside
- stripped and repainted (at great expense) every 10 - 20 years
- some owners treat interior surfaces with ACF-50, or a similar spray-on oil, periodically
- owners try to avoid replacing part$! Intensive PM helps.

Pigmented paint vs clear is the major difference, IMHO.

I own an '03 Airstream and '60 Beechcraft... guess which has more corrosion problems?
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:49 PM   #591
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I have had a bit of corrosion on the frames around the battery boxes, on the entry door grab handle, and on one window frame. The solution given me by the head-tech/part-owner of our local dealer is to use a ScotchBrite pad on the area and paint on a coat or two of clear acrylic.

According to him, that is precisely what Airstream puts on these surfaces at build time. The corrosion comes off very easily with the ScotchBrite pads.
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:03 PM   #592
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This is what the factory added to deal with the corrosion around our emblems - it's an 02 Bambi and was noticed early enough to be dealt with under warranty. I assume it was simply glued on around the emblem without them removing it but I really don't know. It's been 4 years now and the corrosion has not extended beyond the moulding. I'm sure you could pick this up from them including instructions on how to put it on.

Elsewhere I think I've been pretty lucky - there has been a little - but nothing like what is reported through this thread.

Having said that my luck may be starting to run out - the wheels have a bit, the grab bar beside the door and all 4 side-reflectors are showing. I've taken to using Corrosion X and am also using Rejex instead of Walbernize. I began this in the early summer and so far so good - there hasn't been any additional "growing" and one of the surprise benefits has been that Rejex seems to produce a much deeper sheen.


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Old 01-25-2009, 03:00 PM   #593
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I have had a bit of corrosion on the frames around the battery boxes, on the entry door grab handle, and on one window frame.
Check out posts #489 & 493 for how I addressed those problems. Took some time but was worth it.

Sorry fact that the Mother Ship is Lost in Space on this one.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:58 PM   #594
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Nice job RJD....too bad you had to do it at all on such a young trailer. I've read Airstream is trying some things to limit the exposed areas, but frankly I am not sure if what they may or may not be doing will solve this long term.

I will say that it is a total unmitagated travesty that you even had to go to such extremes on such a young trailer. Your fix, though it does seem to address the belt line areas, I am really wondering what you may do to the many radndom rivets that show similar corrosion issues? For example, my unit which is one model year older than yours has random rivets all over the body with white lines growing outward from the rivet. I can't see doing your fix on 5 to 10 or more rivets....and you know ours are somewhat old units compared to some folks that have taken delivery of units roughly 6 months off the assembly line that already started showing this issue.

It's just a shame that for the prices paid for these that we wind up with this kind of build quality and engineering. I have never been much of a vintage person, but I will say that vintage is looking more and more like the way to go IMHO. Not to say that I expected my shell to be flawless for 10 years, but I sure expected more than a year or two-- on a positive note, I did get longer life out of mine than the folks that have had 6 month old units with this issue.

In all seriousness though I really wonder how many folks who paid top dollar for their Airstream, that have this issue, would go out an buy another new one after this exp. I for one will never buy another new Airstream. I may upgrade later to a pre-owned or may go vintage, or maybe to a whole different brand as the "cool" factor isn't enough to justify the constant and growing issues with these new ones.....

I bought our 04 28 last year for over 50% less the the PO paid. It sat out side in the Detroit area for 3 years and was never used on the road. I noticed right away clear coat peeling in the center of the coach on both sides just below the roof line.

After 5 cross country runs, all in the winter, most of the camping done very close to the pacific ocean and runs through all kinds of salt and mag chloride have yielded a very unique looking streamer. She is looking seasoned indeed, and I wash it often and try but it appears to be a lost cause.

I second your opinion on buying new. It would seem to me used is the only way to go. She has been faithful and fun. I have it stored in Ft Collins in covered storage and will not try to fix the imperfections. This however is my last streamer, if need be strip and paint or if business gets better,.....I like shiny things and maybe a Prevost? I wonder how corrosion is on those beasts?
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This is what the factory added to deal with the corrosion around our emblems - it's an 02 Bambi and was noticed early enough to be dealt with under warranty. I assume it was simply glued on around the emblem without them removing it but I really don't know. It's been 4 years now and the corrosion has not extended beyond the moulding. I'm sure you could pick this up from them including instructions on how to put it on.

Elsewhere I think I've been pretty lucky - there has been a little - but nothing like what is reported through this thread.

Having said that my luck may be starting to run out - the wheels have a bit, the grab bar beside the door and all 4 side-reflectors are showing. I've taken to using Corrosion X and am also using Rejex instead of Walbernize. I began this in the early summer and so far so good - there hasn't been any additional "growing" and one of the surprise benefits has been that Rejex seems to produce a much deeper sheen.


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Jay, thanks a bunch for your post. Yesterday I finally got through to the AS store. Seems they were closed due weather for a while. The trim pieces are on order. (expensive!) AS tells me that they are aluminum and are supplied with adhesive. All one has to do is pell off a paper and stick on. Different sizes are stocked due to different size emblems being used on different trailers. One needs to know the emblem size when buying the trim.

I too have been using CorrosionX and there is some concern how the adhesive surface will stick. CorrosionX was used on the inside and outside of the wheels when they were off to repack bearings. Also I have concern what effect on the tires will be. Extreme care was used to avoid getting CorrosionX on the tires but some made it there anyway. I am going to give Rejex a try also. AS Customer Service wouldn't give an opinion on Rejex.

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You won't STOP filliform with any coating or wax, you will only slow the process down. It starts with a breakdown of the coating and progresses
from there. Keep the coach clean and sealed and hope for divine intervention.
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Rejex a try also. AS Customer Service wouldn't give an opinion on Rejex.

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Interesting that they have no opinion on a product they sell at their online store which in my mind, if it's in their store, I assume it's for use in or on an Airstream. Obviously Airstream had an opinion about Walbernize.

https://store.airstream.com/index.php?cPath=44

I'm with Bob. Not sure how much wax or coatings will stop this. I have waxed the hell out of my unit and it has only slowed it as Bob has pointed out. I thought mine was bad until I saw some others post pics.
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My own logic, warped though it may be, was to allow Corrosion X the time to do its work - then clean and seal with Rejex.

Please know that I put myself at the pre-school level of technical expertise on this subject - but my own observations regarding Walbernize and Rejex is that the big benefit of Walbernize seems to be its ease of application - long-lasting it is not. Rejex clearly lasts a heck of a lot longer so my assumption is that its sealing effect is far superior. The clincher for me was this past falls 10,000 KM road trip - multiple washings, several storms, a day-long dust storm in Monument Valley, and the remnants of a snowstorm in Northern Minnesota with its attendant road treatments. When we got home and I was able to wash the grime off for the final time the water was still running off the front of the trailer - granted - not as much as when I first left - but I still read this as pretty impressive.

It may be a grand experiment - but for better or for worse what I have done now is to spray the filiform areas with Corrosion X and left it on for the winter. The game plan in the spring will be to clean the trailer and apply a couple of coatings of Rejex. If all it does is slow it down then this at least is a measure of improvement if not success. And if it doesn't work at all - well - I won't have made it worse and the filiform will be shiny!

To gauge progess I have taken pictures of the filiform areas - and - if it continues to move - even marginally - then I will apply my home-grown "prescription" between trips as well.

The final part of the prescription? - my fingers are crossed ....




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CorrosionX, ACF-50, and BoeShield are all oily sprays. They dry somewhat, leaving a barrier from oxidation. They do not chemically alter the aluminum... so when they are washed away, the protection is gone. They work (for a while) on bare aluminum that is not exposed to the elements or washing, which removes the material. On aircraft they are primarily used to protect the bare aluminum inside surfaces of wings, fuselage, and control surfaces.

Our Airstream challange is that the corrosion is underneath the clearcoat... our options are:

- Spray the surface, but it can't get to the "head" of the corrosion worm track and will probably do no good.
- Spray the surface defect that started the corrosion in the first place, and hope that some of the spray wicks its way through the worm tracks to stop further corrosion. I doubt that this will work because the worm tracks are too long.
- Poke some tiny holes in the clearcoat (with a pin?) right over the worm tracks and spray.
- Use a tiny hypodermic needle to inject a bit of the stuff right into the corrosion cells. Although I don't want to introduce more surface defects, it may not hurt too much where there is already corrosion present. Worth a try?

Covering up corrosion with stick-on decorations like RangerJay had done, and was done to my trailer, is just hiding the problem for a while. It is still corroding away under that cover.
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Thanks Dan - helpful and concrete advice - if the tracks keep moving the logical next step may be to introduce some kind of break in the surface that will allow the product in to do its work. Kind of scary - hope it doesn't come to that - but watching it continue to grow just isn't an alternative.


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I am so sorry to read about this! We have fallen for a 16' bambi but this gives serious pause for thought... Has AS not taken steps to remedy this issue? It sounds like you all have been left to twist (and wax and polish and cross your fingers) - doesn't appear that AS is too interested in customer satisfaction & standing behind their products. Such a shame... We live close to the ocean, in a rainforest and would spend a lot of our camping time in damp conditions so this really concerns me.

Tell me, if you knew when you bought what you know now, would you still have bought AS?
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Tell me, if you knew when you bought what you know now, would you still have bought AS?
Honestly, no, I would not have bought a new one. I would have bought a used one (a few years old or so) that has depreciated a good amount. My thought is why pay top/premium dollars for a unit that has QC issues, let alone the corrosion issue? To me that is not a premium product. If the factory can't seem to solve the problem(s), why keep giving them a reason not to address it by buying what they are giving us? That's just they way I'm thinking....
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