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Old 09-27-2015, 10:02 AM   #43
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..... I wonder what a blacked-out AS would look like? Oh no, maybe I shouldn't have written that!...
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:09 AM   #44
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Bob, that's how they should look! Very nice.
Thanks, that was our 'first', 1988-2004....wish it was still on the pad.

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Old 09-27-2015, 10:13 AM   #45
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realpank previously owned a 24ft 1976 Argosy painted black....now owned by Cal Celments on the Argosy Owners Group on FB.



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Old 09-27-2015, 11:39 AM   #46
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I'll admit I even like that! I bet that gloss black waistline would look good with gunmetal grey over the body.

Argosies are fun, I agree. I also like the simple interiors and the dashboard/instruments have great style.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:11 PM   #47
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Ahhh, Alas, how I miss the beauty of a failed clear coat, and random splotches of oxidation….. Not so much really.

But I'd have to confess to being the same person that likes a clean windshield, a freshly mowed lawn, and a glassy lake.

It's taken years to come to grips with all this, but I think I'll be OK.

Realistically though, when done properly with the right tools, it's not that big of a job. Probably no more time than several rounds of golf, and in my opinion, far more rewarding.

If it cracks in half, I promise I'll post pictures!
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:14 PM   #48
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Downloading photos

Hi folks.

I have been reading the AirForum for awhile now but this is my first post. I had a question regarding the skin on my '72 Sovereign. Right now, it is a patchwork of areas that have the remnants of clear coat and areas where the clear coat is totally absent. I think it is the contrast between the two that makes it look pretty ratty compared to newer units (both As's and SOB's). A photo of the exterior skin (of which I have several) would illustrate what I am talking about; however, that is where I ran into problems. I followed all the instructions on the main page of the AirForm (e.g. selected the paper clip icon, made sure I was sending a jpg image, downsized it to 1024 X 768 and even reduced the size to 72 dpi) but each time, I got an error message that said the photo wouldn't download. So for now, my question is: How do I download photos? Once I know that, I will be able to include photos in the future regarding other restoration problems I am dealing with.

Any suggestions any of you may have would be extremely helpful!
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:37 PM   #49
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Anything but white.
I don't ever see any but the one in my driveway. I'm ok with them all you paid for it do what you want.
I will wave at you maybe even honk the horn if I see you in one.
I polished the door handle and hinges on mine looks great.
It's all good.
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:35 AM   #50
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Ahhh, Alas, how I miss the beauty of a failed clear coat, and random splotches of oxidation….. Not so much really.

But I'd have to confess to being the same person that likes a clean windshield, a freshly mowed lawn, and a glassy lake.

It's taken years to come to grips with all this, but I think I'll be OK.

Realistically though, when done properly with the right tools, it's not that big of a job. Probably no more time than several rounds of golf, and in my opinion, far more rewarding.

If it cracks in half, I promise I'll post pictures!
I certainly would have done the same, given that vast expanse of metal and the red cummerbund. The stripping and polishing was no doubt also about the easiest and cheapest option. But then again, yours is a pretty unique configuration, and my very subjective view is unchanged about the Classic.

But then....... the initial work is just that, initial. Did you wax it or clearcoat it?

Now, here's one I like, I wonder who this belongs to?


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Old 10-03-2015, 01:11 PM   #51
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Just remember my old advice. "If you polish your unit too much, you'll go blind!"

I'm going to have one of each. The clear on the 95 is in very good shape and it cleans up well. The graphics need to be redone but that's it.

The 94 is severely sunburned from a life in Carson City. The good part of the high desert life is no corrosion. No filiform, no surface, and the underside looks like new. It will get polished til I go blind. Then some new custom graphics and bumper covers which I've been told are being run. High demand prompted them to run another batch.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:24 PM   #52
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The answer is, there is no right answer.

Some like um stock, some like um polished, some like weathered and worn...

To each his own, and by each the variety of life expands the collective. If we were all the same we would be a boringly mundane lot wouldn't we?


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Old 10-03-2015, 01:27 PM   #53
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A Contrary-'Un view of polishing

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Thank you WBCCI Razorback Chapter for the tour of the Lost Forty Brewery in Little Rock, of which I am still today reaping the proceeds even as I sit in southern New Mexico!!

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Old 10-03-2015, 02:50 PM   #54
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Reminds me of the situation with my bikes.....

I have two bikes; same model. One has custom paint, custom chrome, 'lives' at a local Toy Storage, only gets used in fine weather and takes approx 4 hours to clean after every ride - it is 12 years old old has 4000 miles on it. The second is blacked out, lives in my shed, gets cleaned (occasionally) with a bucket/sponge/hosepipe and has 70,000miles on it. As a local bike shop says.....I keep one for polishing and one for riding.



I think they are both perfect, but serve different functions.
My Road King has as much chrome as your shiny bIke and always looks showroom clean when it leaves the garage and goes back in. I don't spend 4 hours on it to keep it clean. I wash it with S100 bike wash, and rarely ever rub the paint....just spray on S100 and rinse. Then, I blow it dry with a leaf blower. The whole process is under 20 minutes....I ride my bike, too...It has 95k miles on it.
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:20 PM   #55
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I am in the midst of an on again off again restoation of a 65 gt. I am not so much polishing as trying to achieve a uniform finish by eliminating the effects of 50 years of
wear including uneven clearcoat break down and other forms of degadation. My expectations are to spend the post restoration years greying out with my trailer till we reach equal status. I find the the process of cleaning and polishing the exterior to be both relaxing and inspirational. Getting the exterior looking good inspires me to do get the other jobs that no body sees done. If it were to never leave my driveway, I would be happy to have such an iconic piece of Americana fully restored to enjoy each day.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:54 AM   #56
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when I first got an Airstream, I thought,,,I will never polish it..who wants a huge disco ball in a campground?
Then I stripped the Classic as the clearcoat was peeling badly. It looked pretty good so I cleaned and waxed it. That looked pretty good so I left it alone at that point.
In subsequent years when we got a trailer I did the same, but our latest ( 3rd trailer) was so faded and clear coat corrupted I ended up polishing. Anyway point being-- do whatever works for you and save the brussels sprouts for me.
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