Originally Posted by hockeyrink
First time poster- first time Airstream owner. Please be gentle!
Just bought this 63 Safari and was wondering what to do about these roof dents. I also need to replace the back window.
Also, any tips on reasonable rates for help in San Diego with stripping the clear-coat and polishing the skin.
First of all, you do not have a 63.
You do have a 66 or 67.
Also the roof is not damaged, but the sections on the front and rear shell are called segments. Your photo shows damage to some segments.
We purchased all the 68 and older segments from Airstream many years ago.
Also, the box on the rear end will cause several problems.
First, it will cause rear end separation, if it already hasn't. If it has, then at least part of the rear floor will need to be replaced.
Also, that box will cause the frame around the rear access door to open up, which will allow the door to fall off.
Next, that box has also reduced the tongue weight to some degree or other.
The segments can be replaced.
Removing the clear coat, is no problem. Polishing the shell is very expensive, and becomes a headache to maintain.
If you live withing 50 miles of salt water, you will need to wax the trailer, every week. If you keep the trailer at least 50 miles from salt water, then you will need to wax the trailer once every month.
Or, you can have it polished and then clearcoated again. But, clearcoat will only last about 5 years, depending on the climate that it's kept in. This is the most expensive option.
Or, you can have it painted metallic silver, wax it once a year, and it will last at least 20 to 25 years. This costs far less than stripping, polishing and then clearcoating. It is also less expensive than stripping the trailer and just polishing it.
Since the trailer is new to you, it would be wise to get a "safety inspection."
A safety inspection is not expensive, and will give you a detailed written report of everything that is wrong with the trailer, and the approximate costs to correct whatever may be wrong. Or you can do the repairs yourself, once you know what all the trailer needs.
We also the all the tempered glass for the 66, 67 and 68 trailers.