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Old 05-11-2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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Why should we or shouldn't we cover our airstreams. I dont mean with a shelter.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:32 PM   #2
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The basic problem with any kind of cover is that it rubs on the aluminum when the wind blows, which causes ugly marks that are very hard, if not impossible to buff out. This is especially true on older trailers that are clear coated, and newer ones that have the (so called) permanent clear coat. The coating gets damaged by the motion of the fabric, and any dust under the fabric acts like a crude abrasive, making the situation worse...

A polished vintage AS has the issue of scuffing as well, and a further issue that although the scuff may be buffed out sometimes, you will eventually burn through the surface layer of shineable aluminum...

Covers also trap moisture next to the AS.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:34 PM   #3
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Ty for ur time and information i appreciate it. Lol saves me money too.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:35 PM   #4
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Far better to take the time to wash and put a good coat of wax on the trailer to protect it. Or store under a shelter of some kind.
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Stored under shelter now to protect from the sun. Is there a recommended wax?
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:44 PM   #6
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That's a bit of a contentious argument. I use a high quality automotive wax that does NOT include any abrasives or rubbing compounds.

Meguilar's is the brand name IIRC...same stuff I use on my cars.

Others swear by Walbernize products.
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Thank you very much for your help
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