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Old 12-06-2004, 11:00 AM   #1
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Pre-coated Alcoa aluminum panels

I heard that recently Airstream began using pre-coated Alcoa aluminum panels rather than applying a clearcoat as they had previously done.

Can anyone tell me what year Airstream began using pre-coated Alcoa aluminum panels, and how well have they held up compared to the clearcoat?

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Old 12-06-2004, 11:51 AM   #2
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I heard that recently Airstream began using pre-coated Alcoa aluminum panels rather than applying a clearcoat as they had previously done.

Can anyone tell me what year Airstream began using pre-coated Alcoa aluminum panels, and how well have they held up compared to the clearcoat?

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I believe it was in 1999. I think it's too soon to tell. It was my understanding that some clearcoats started to fail between 5-10 years. The pre-coated stuff has barely been out in the field for 5 years.
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Oasis RV in Tuscon Az has a shell sitting in their back yard that Airstream sent them several years ago to see how the clearcoat holds up in the hot desert sun - so far so good.
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If you want a little more info straight from Alcoa, see http://www.alcoa.com/car_truck/en/success_airstream.asp
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Ours started to craz and bubble on a coupel panels after 12 months. Airstream replaced the street side panel under warranty.
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