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Old 01-12-2007, 08:43 PM   #1
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Rust starts quickly

This goes under the "For What It's Worth" category. Hopefully it may help someone else nip a budding problem before it gets too bad.

There are aluminum or stainless covers on the tongue of my 2004 Classic that I assume are there for cosmetic purposes, as well as providing a bearing surface for the spring bar saddles. I noticed bubbling in the paint around the front and rear ends of these covers, and when I removed them to check, discovered pretty severe rust on the tongue. Also, rust was starting, but not as advanced in several other places under these covers. I wire brushed and sanded the entire area, primed and painted. The covers are going in the trash. If things are going to rust, I want to be able to see it and get it fixed quickly.

Another area I found surprising amounts of rust was in the rear bumper storage drawer beneath the rubber mat that is placed at the factory. I had removed the mat to clean it and the drawer. Apparently, the mat traps water and grit beneath it, and with the vibration from travel, it rubs right through the galvanizing. I removed the drawer, cleaned and sanded, and sprayed the bottom of the drawer with Dupli Color truck bed liner. Used several cans of the spray, but the problem shouldn't recur. The mat was something else that went into the trash.
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Old 01-12-2007, 09:44 PM   #2
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I have a 25'SS and rust has been getting bigger on some areas also.It is mostly underneath in the wheel well where water gets thrown into those opened spaces and gets trapped.I am on it though to fix this problem as quickly as possible.I plan on keeping this trailer for several years and maybe longer.The tongue is getting rust also but I think these problems are just common things that come with the purchase of these Airstreams.
What is a good solution to repair these things.I mean what type of paints have you all used.I know about the POR15(Is that the stuff?)but whant to know if anyone has used other products.Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:11 PM   #3
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Here,s what I used on hitch area of my 25fb and is a good match, Graphite grey metallic #E8800928 Dupli-color from Auto Zone.Steve, got my alumimun sheet metal today for 4.00 bucks to cover in holes around steps.DO you know if the frame up in the underbelly is painted or treated for rust? I also found a good exterior grade metal tape to apply down each side of the underbelly sheet metal where it is riveted up under the bottom about a foot or so all down the sides , got this also in lowes in the paint dept.
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:41 PM   #4
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I notice you are all from humid areas...another solution is to move someplace more arid.

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Old 01-17-2007, 06:46 PM   #5
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I notice you are all from humid areas...another solution is to move someplace more arid.

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Matters what you call humidity - I kinda like my rain to be the wet kind - not the 4+ feet of snow kind. When you have to shovel water - I'm not a fan.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
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Yeah...but it's dry snow!

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Old 01-17-2007, 09:53 PM   #7
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Here,s what I used on hitch area of my 25fb and is a good match, Graphite grey metallic #E8800928 Dupli-color from Auto Zone.
I've been using Dupli Color Gunmetal Grey. Not a perfect match, but you must look pretty close to see the difference. From just a few feet away you can't see the difference. It also has sort of a "sparkly" appearance where the AS color is a plain grey. I think it's almost an identical match to the Graphite Grey metallic.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:09 PM   #8
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I notice you are all from humid areas...another solution is to move someplace more arid.

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Hi Shari,

I've experienced both the warm humid winters and the cold dry ones. I think I'll stay with the warm humid ones. Can't beat the winters here. Dry warm winters would be nice too, but then I wouldn't have the beach. Summers can be pretty brutal here, but we head north for the hot summer months.
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:35 AM   #9
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a good exterior grade metal tape to apply down each side of the underbelly sheet metal where it is riveted up under the bottom about a foot or so all down the sides , got this also in lowes in the paint dept.
I wouldn't do that, you're going to trap water rather then let it drain out.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:15 PM   #10
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product called POR will STOP rust dead. It looks like paint, but dries like ceramic. I have used it several times with great success. expensive, but well worth it not having to worry about rust. Since it seals out air and moisture, rust just cannot happen.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:34 PM   #11
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product called POR will STOP rust dead. It looks like paint, but dries like ceramic. I have used it several times with great success. expensive, but well worth it not having to worry about rust. Since it seals out air and moisture, rust just cannot happen.
Thanks for the tip. I've already got mine painted, but this sounds like it will be worth checking out.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:37 PM   #12
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Hi Shari,

I've experienced both the warm humid winters and the cold dry ones. I think I'll stay with the warm humid ones. Can't beat the winters here. Dry warm winters would be nice too, but then I wouldn't have the beach. Summers can be pretty brutal here, but we head north for the hot summer months.
Let's see - California. Dry climate, relatively warm, beaches.....

Now if I could just afford to live here!
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Another area I found surprising amounts of rust was in the rear bumper storage drawer beneath the rubber mat that is placed at the factory. I had removed the mat to clean it and the drawer. Apparently, the mat traps water and grit beneath it, and with the vibration from travel, it rubs right through the galvanizing. I removed the drawer, cleaned and sanded, and sprayed the bottom of the drawer with Dupli Color truck bed liner. Used several cans of the spray, but the problem shouldn't recur. The mat was something else that went into the trash.
Could you tell how to remove the drawer? I can't figure it out.
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:16 PM   #14
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I had quite a surprise when I noticed rusting in the wheelwells. On further inspection I found severe rusting of the frame inside the bellypan causing an enormous amount of work. Water had been absorbed by the fiberglas and caused extensive rust throughout the crossmembers and main frame rails. See the following link about my 2001 Bambi:
http://www.airforums.com/photos/showimage.php?i=12550
I'm still not back on the road with it. If you're interested, search on my userid mswartz for more details on this problem, which I discovered June 2006.
I would urge you to take the time to inspect your frame now, even if it means opening or removing parts of the bellypan. You may be glad you did.... Good luck.
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