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Old 10-13-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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Seams sealant bleeding.

I have a 2004 classic 31 ft. It seems that the sealant is weeping out from the seams. It looks like hair blowing in the wind while riding a motorcycle. Is it epoxy? If so I read that a heat gun will help remove it. Cleaning fluids are not working. If I scrape then I mar the skin. What caused it is a mystery.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:09 PM   #2
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Never heard of that happening before on an Airstream product. Sounds like whoever owned it before you used the wrong sealer on that trailer. Can you contact the previous owner?
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:46 PM   #3
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Seams sealant bleeding.

I am the only owner. Is it epoxy?
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Old 10-13-2016, 10:01 PM   #4
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Seams sealant bleeding.

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Old 10-13-2016, 10:07 PM   #5
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Looks like filiform corrosion to me. Bummer.
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Yup, filiform.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:12 PM   #7
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And that is caused by?
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Filiform corrosion is the aluminum corroding under the clearcoat. It happens when water gets under the clearcoat, usually near the edge of a panel.

Lots of threads on this. Search for filiform.
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Old 10-14-2016, 03:21 PM   #9
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Looks like filiform corrosion to me. Bummer.
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I have noticed that it is only happening on the side that is not getting sun. My trailer is under a cover and the sun hits it on the side facing the noon sun. In some places the clear coat is coming off like powder. Amazing. Something else for me to do.
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I have noticed that it is only happening on the side that is not getting sun. My trailer is under a cover and the sun hits it on the side facing the noon sun. In some places the clear coat is coming off like powder. Amazing. Something else for me to do.

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I have noticed that it is only happening on the side that is not getting sun. My trailer is under a cover and the sun hits it on the side facing the noon sun. In some places the clear coat is coming off like powder. Amazing. Something else for me to do.
... along with a little reading:

Corrosion problems with new Airstreams
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Not when it eats into the aluminum. Thanks for the Texas wit. Living in SA I understand Texas humor.
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It's cosmetic. Looks bad but will not eat out the aluminum.
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