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Old 03-09-2012, 08:41 AM   #1107
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Those of you with the "problem", do you think it may have started from the trip from JC to your dealer?
I mean, if it was when the roads in Ohio or any states roads enroute to the selling dealership were treated for ice and snow.
Even if you live in AZ, the trailer may have went thru a few days of salt before it even reached the dealership during delivery from OH.
Sure, it got washed at the final destination, but that road treatment gets into all the nooks and cranies.
It sometimes takes a couple of years for the stuff to show up on the outside of the vehicle.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:45 AM   #1108
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The trailers are built in a state where salt is used on the roads. They are transported on roads where salt is used. There may be some salts in the water used to wash them—such as soft water. How much road salt is stirred up when winter is over and how much dry salt creates a salt solution when it rains would be hard to estimate, but surely some gets the trailers that way. Salt is everywhere. Some places there's even more of it and corrosion happens faster there.

What about corrosive chemicals in the air? A lot of air pollution was cleaned up decades ago, but progress on that has stalled since. Do you live downwind from a coal fired power plant? A cement plant? Chemical plant? How far does this stuff spread?

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:22 AM   #1109
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We as owners must face the fact that Airstreams are metal, much of it exposed to the elements, and it will corrode. You can wait for it to happen (it will) or take measures to minimize the damage. It doesn't matter if the Airstream is new or a premium product, it has exposed metal and will soon corrode.

The bad environments are near salt water and northern road salt, and humid air. I've seen older trailers in desert climates with virtually no corrosion, new trailers in the north and near coasts that have it.

Frequent washing and waxing. Treating with products such as Boeshield T9, CorrosionX, WD40 to protect or neutralize rivet/fitting holes where wax can't reach and cut edges will make a difference. Replace screws with stainless as needed. Clean and paint larger patches of corrosion. Touch up nicks and scratches as soon as you can.

You need a calendar inspection and maintenance plan, more frequent in corrosive conditions. No point in blaming the company because they aren't going to do anything but build it, then its yours to maintain. I wish they would tell you that in the sales pitch but of course they don't. Plastic trailer companies don't tell you about delaminating either.

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:13 PM   #1110
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Those of you with the "problem", do you think it may have started from the trip from JC to your dealer?
No, I don't.
After my corroded tail light bezels and grab handle were replaced by the dealership under warranty (not Airstream, they refused), the same corrosion appeared about a year later. We live over 10 miles from the coast, and rarely camp in a salty environment. When I do, I have always rinsed when I get home. Being as diplomatic as possible, I believe these particular parts are just poorly manufactured. Based on my experience, I believe it to be sub-standard parts and craftsmanship, and/or quality control by Airstream.

In addition, I've been to the factory 4 times, and they still slide the aluminum sheets across the cement floor on their edges, effectively sanding the clear coat off, during the build. I wish they had allowed us to take pictures.

Just my unwavering opinion. As usual, I could be wrong, am frequently am.
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What about corrosive chemicals in the air? A lot of air pollution was cleaned up decades ago, but progress on that has stalled since. Do you live downwind from a coal fired power plant? A cement plant? Chemical plant? How far does this stuff spread?
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We bought a new Jeep Cherokee in 1997. In under a year, the paint on the hood started flaking off. Just the hood, everything else was perfect. The dealership maintained that it was "acid rain" causing the paint to peal, and refused to correct the problem. After a little research, it turned out to be a widespread problem with this model and year. After contacting Jeep with this information, they actually agreed to repaint the hood. We were over 30 miles east of the nearest coal fired power plant. We were glad the company took responsibility for the defect.
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"After my corroded tail light bezels and grab handle were replaced by the dealership under warranty (not Airstream, they refused), the same corrosion appeared about a year later"

SR,

It's a lot of work but you can remove the clear and polish them out.
Much easier to do once a year, and not worry about the clear.

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"After my corroded tail light bezels and grab handle were replaced by the dealership under warranty (not Airstream, they refused), the same corrosion appeared about a year later"

SR,

It's a lot of work but you can remove the clear and polish them out.
Much easier to do once a year, and not worry about the clear.

Bob
Thanks for the tip, Bob. That should be fairly easy because the corrosion on the bezels has limited itself to the rear flat surface, and not on the sides.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:52 AM   #1114
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Thanks for the tip, Bob. That should be fairly easy because the corrosion on the bezels has limited itself to the rear flat surface, and not on the sides.
I started with 600 grit wet paper and finished with 2000 to get the "brushed" look on the battery doors. Worked on the entrance handle too!

Have Fun...it WILL be worth the effort.

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I thought I'd take a short break from today's CorrosionX application to post just how pleased I've been with the product since I started buying it directly from Corrosion Technologies Corp. I'm becoming quite proficient with its use, and I've discovered that I prefer the 16 oz. trigger spray bottle over the aerosol can that Airstream sells.

When placing my last order, I considered springing for a gallon for just $93.50, or better yet, a case of 4 gallons for just $374.00 (fortunately though, before I completed the purchase, I remembered that I'll be attempting to tow this thing with just a 1/2 ton, so I came to my senses and limited the order to two 16 oz. bottles). Hopefully that will last me till I get to my next destination in a few days.
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I started with 600 grit wet paper and finished with 2000 to get the "brushed" look on the battery doors. Worked on the entrance handle too!

Have Fun...it WILL be worth the effort.

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Thanks again. Maybe I can get it done before I take it to Alumapalooza again...
or not.
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Thanks again. Maybe I can get it done before I take it to Alumapalooza again...
or not.
I can vouch for Honey Brown and/or Blue Moon or possibly both, for the needed
sustenance to successfully accomplish the task.

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exhausted reading

Greetings.

I just read through about a third of this thread. Can someone summarize a solution who knows the thread. In the part I read Acry-rIS and ACF50 were being used. Then the threads moved to Corrosion X but now... Is there a process that is showing promise?
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No solution....

What I do...

Remove the filiform.

Seal the areas with brush on clear, larger spots I have used Thomas' Stainless paint.

The areas I've addressed, have not gotten worse. But you must inspect regularly for new outbreaks.

Wash and seal regularly.

Ck out some of my posts for more details.

Acryl-r is a self leveling sealant used on narrow seam gaps.

CorrosionX is a filiform treatment, (I no longer use), have had better luck with WD-40.

Other's have different method's...I just do what works for me.

It's all here on this and the other corrosion threads.

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I am declaring war on this filliform. I have read NASA reports, Checmical company reports and of course, this forum. There has got to be some solutions to halting it. I will be getting the beltline trim.

I keep trying to post a pic but this site will not let me. The pic is 85kb.
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