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Old 10-26-2009, 08:27 PM   #15
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I have corrosion on my 2002 classic. I carry a little brass brush, paint thinner, acyrilic spray and a bottle of JD. When camping and evening is coming on I make a JD and coke, walk around the trailer with the brass brush and clean a couple of the spots. Make another JD, put a little thinner on a rag and clean a couple of the spots. Make another JD, look at the can of spray and sit down and just enjoy the beautiful evening.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do two days from now.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:51 PM   #16
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Hey foil warped! Welcome to the forums. Our 2008 International has the dreaded corrosion at the beltline and the dealer replaced my tail light bezels for the same reason. I was upset at first, but decided I have enough grey hair already. I agree with the posts that say get out there camping and forgetaboutit!! I soon realized in our travels and trips that the only person who ever noticed it was me! Everyone else at the campground only noticed a beautiful trailer with a great reflection in the firelight.

So, good luck and good camping
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:33 PM   #17
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Dpn't sweat it - after reading the threads, you come to the conclusion that they all have it-I know mine has some. Wash it and polish it once in a while. The minor nicks and stone marks will accumulate as a fine patina. Recently, mine acquired a golf ball size size dent above the door - from a golf ball. You can see the dimples, and I found the ball laying next to the trailer in the fenced yard that I keep it in. I started to get bent out of shape about it, but it's not worth the stress. It won't keep people from admiring my Bambi when we travel. No matter where we stop, someone has to come up to ask about it, and is amazed that it is almost 10 years old. No one will notice the little flaws but you.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:44 PM   #18
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dont know if i have corrosion or not.i wash the trailer a couple times a year with an automotive wash and wax and it sits outside year round.picked up some rock dents on the front panels even with the rock tamers on the truck,and i believe that is what they are there for.just get out and enjoy like previous posters have said.ill be worn out before this trailer ever gets close.fortunately my wife cares less about little nicks and scuffs then i do.our motto is when were away nothing is ruining our vaca.remember if it aint breakin your not rving.
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:26 AM   #19
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I try to accept the QC problems with the trailer, but it's hard given this product is sold as a premium quality brand and charges accordingly, but mgt. has cheapened the brand.

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Old 10-27-2009, 08:29 AM   #20
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Like others - we have come to accept our growing colony of little white worms - and we pay attention to them in the same way - clean, apply Corrosion X, wait, clean and seal - but that doesn't mean we've become apathetic to the problem. We give many impromtu "tours" of our unit every year to wide-eyed admirers of the trailer - part of the tour now includes a visible inspection and frank discussion of Airstreams manufacturing problems. Our intention is not to discourage the purchase of an Airstream but rather to provide any potential buyer with a solid understanding of what it is they may be buying - the good and the bad - and what to look for when searching. We used to feel kinda proud that we might have been the tipping point for a new purchase - now we feel pride if we've given someone helpful information on making an informed choice.

In a world where quality is important and expectations are high it seems ironic that an American, indeed Global, icon is, at least for the time being, obviously running the other way.


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Old 10-27-2009, 03:32 PM   #21
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My solution has been very simple - and, so far, fairly effective. I just dab the few spots I have with my wife's clear "strengthening" nail polish ever so often. I rarely see any new spots so I'm probably just "lucky!"
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:58 PM   #22
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Like others - we have come to accept our growing colony of little white worms - and we pay attention to them in the same way - clean, apply Corrosion X, wait, clean and seal - but that doesn't mean we've become apathetic to the problem. We give many impromtu "tours" of our unit every year to wide-eyed admirers of the trailer - part of the tour now includes a visible inspection and frank discussion of Airstreams manufacturing problems. Our intention is not to discourage the purchase of an Airstream but rather to provide any potential buyer with a solid understanding of what it is they may be buying - the good and the bad - and what to look for when searching. We used to feel kinda proud that we might have been the tipping point for a new purchase - now we feel pride if we've given someone helpful information on making an informed choice.

In a world where quality is important and expectations are high it seems ironic that an American, indeed Global, icon is, at least for the time being, obviously running the other way.


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Jay,

I haven't notices any of the white worms on our trailer yet, although we do have some corrosion on the battery compartment surrounds, taillight housings, door hinges and grab handle next to the door.

But I try to remain vigilant and watch for start of the filiform corrosion on panels. If/when I see it, I will try to keep it in check as best I can.


How does that Corrosion X product work? As I understand it, the
filiform "worms" travel from cut edges under the clearcoat. do you try to get the Corrosion X at the start point on teh cut edge and it wicks its way along the "tunnels?


I can sympathize with the originator of this post - I am a bit of a perfectionist and become obsessed with trying to keep things pristine.

The older I get the more I realize it is a mugs game - stuff happens and there is not a great deal you can do about it so you might as well accept it!!

Heck, I ain't very pristine any more!


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Old 10-27-2009, 08:15 PM   #23
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Corrosion X is a product used extensively by the Aviation industry to control corrosion on aluminum aircraft. Information on their website can be found at:
http://www.corrosionx.com/products.html
My own use was based on recommendations by Airstream to myself and to others in an effort to stop filiform corrosion that has already started – but there are other products and methods that are extensively discussed in this thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142/corrosion-problems-with-new-airstreams-31743.html
Our current practice is to initially wash the trailer, let it dry, break the surface of any new corrosion, spray it with Corrosion X, leave it to penetrate for a couple of days, wipe off, clean and seal with wax. It will turn colour and darken if successful. When winterizing I will spray and leave the Corrosion X on over-winter till spring cleaning – don’t know whether this actually does anything but it makes me feel better ...
Other recommendations are to keep your trailer well waxed and sealed throughout the year – particularly the areas where the clear-coat may be disturbed and allow moisture to initiate corrosion under it – i.e. rivets, edges, stone chips etc.
Bottom line is be vigilante – catch it in its early stages – treat it – keep it small.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:11 AM   #24
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Hi, my trailer also has a few spots of corrosion, but I'm using it anyway. Short story: My trailer sits outside, eight miles from ocean, and I never wax it. I ordered my trailer with the factory installed belt moulding because we think it looks better with one. At the time I knew nothing about corrosion. Now I know that there is little or nothing I can do about it.

(1.) Snow, Ice, and road grime.

(2.) Icesicles.

(3.) Ashes from local California fires.

(4.) Bug collection from trip.

(5.) Washed, but never waxed and parked until next trip.

(6.) Notice the reflections on the side. Still shines like new.
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Bob: On photos 3 and 4 may suggest you get a Kleenex and clean the lens of your camera.

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[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Our current practice is to initially wash the trailer, let it dry, break the surface of any new corrosion, spray it with Corrosion X, leave it to penetrate for a couple of days, wipe off, clean and seal with wax. It will turn colour and darken if successful.
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Jay,

Not sure if I understand correctly what is implied when you talk about "breaking the surface."

For example, if you were to find a new filiform "track" maybe 1/2" long coming out from a rivet, are you saying you would scratch or cut thru the clearcoat with an exacto knife or similar for the full length of the filiform track in order to let the Corrosion X get at it?

Thanks ................ Brian.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:10 AM   #27
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Brian,

That's exactly right. Scratch through the clear coat with an exacto knife - kinda scary. Filiform Corrosion is beneath the clearcoat and access needs to be provided for the Corrosion X to penetrate. Others can chime in here - but that is my understanding and has become the routine. My first Corrosion X "therapy" was carried out without doing this painful little step - and the worms just kept on growing.

Hope it works for you - but would encourage you to do more research - there are a lot more folks on this forum much more knowledgeable than I on this subject.

Really nice bike .....


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