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Old 03-07-2015, 11:29 PM   #15
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Yes David, we did get acquired by Universal Photonics. We are still called Nuvite Chemical but we are in a much better position. The days of long awaited orders and mysterious back orders is over. Now orders will go out same day if they are placed before 1pm. I attached the article To an email. Your 66 should have the plasticoat and 86 would've had a little tougher coating on it. Did you polish the 86? It is a 3003/4 series aluminum that has a controlled mill finish that polishes out quite nice with the f9.*
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:32 AM   #16
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I'm hijacking this thread on the latest Airstream coatings, aren't I? Well, the 2000 and newer Airstreams are not candidates for polishing. But this new coating will keep the Airstream looking factory fresh for a long, long time. The only problem noted is the filiform corrosion at the uncoated edges noted in other threads. But his is mitigated with proper maintenance.

I'm happy Nuvite is back up and running. I admit I was sceptical when the gentleman who said all orders will be shipped by the end of February. But by golly that is exactly what happened. We vintage Airstream polishers like our Nuvite! And some of us have found alternatives during the shortage that are almost as good.

I noticed the vintage airplane Harrison Ford crash landed had a polished fuselage. I was thinking Nuvite when I saw the news clip. We pray for his full recovery.

I stripped and polished our 86 Limited as it was looking bad with the faded clearcoat. Being very inexperienced, I compounded with F7. F9 would have saved some time. I found Cyclo with F7 pretty effective.

Now back to modern Airstream coatings...

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Haha I'm sure we can talk polishing for a second without getting booted the new coating is very tough and yes filaform (sp) still is a problem. You cannot strip the coating without 350 plus heat or known carcinogens. I will tell you....NOT FOR LONG we are working on a way to efficiently strip this new coating off to polish. We are getting close.
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Also you can use a clear coat pen or clear nail polish on your seams and edges to protect them. Alcoa coats the metal and sends it to airstream. Airstream then cuts the metal to their application. This shears the coating on the edges exposing bare metal. For whatever reason they never reapply a coating on the edges. That's why the filaform (sp) is most prevalent around windows, doors, and lights.
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Does anyone know if this coating can be purchased as a liquid for touch up purposes? I have scratched mine, very minor, but I am concerned about the area around it eventually corroding or pealing.
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We're getting conflicting information now. Some at airstream say it's akzo some say it's ppg. Thought I'd give an update haha. It's still a roll on pre coated aluminum from alcoa. Generally 3003/4 aluminum alloy. They keep the identity locked away without a key apparently haha. Not literally of course...
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Does anyone know if this coating can be purchased as a liquid for touch up purposes? I have scratched mine, very minor, but I am concerned about the area around it eventually corroding or pealing.
Airstream sells a clear coat pen for touch ups. Otherwise I believe airstream life does. Napa and autozone also have a nice clear coat touch up pen. Try to stick with a matte or semi gloss style clear coat vs a high gloss.
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