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Old 11-01-2003, 02:26 AM   #1
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gonnabee-neebie question on maintainence

I can see from the posts that if we purchase the new (2003) Airstream we are in for some periodical work indeed.

What can we do from day one, and what kind of schedule should we be preparing for? Is it for certain that we will have to strip the finish?



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Old 11-01-2003, 04:03 AM   #2
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Welcome Carol~

If you're buying brand new 2003, You'll be way ahead of the pack in many ways~
First, the top on all newer models are one piece white. The most you'll have to do there is wash it and, enjoy the extra cooling effects..
As for the rest of the outer skin..Time will only tell, as it's now claimed by A/S that the finis on all new A/S are pre-finis (coated, treated by ALCOA..) before the panels arrive at the factory.
I would say this:
Wash your trailer after each trip..Never let the splattered bugs, road tar, etc set up on the skin protective cover for any period of time~!. Washing it with just warm water should do the trick for the most parts. Other tough things, such as tar, oil stains will require a stronger approach. This can be done using use a small amount of kerosene on a rag and, wipe the spots till its clear. (Be careful not to scratch your finis~!)
Walbernize your unit at least twice a year, or more depending on the use. Try to avoid parking under trees of all sorts. Birds, tree sap, etc can be, at times, very difficult to remove once harden.
Just like the clearcoat on your car, the acid can eat thru it, making for the nasties.
Before putting anything on your unit's outer skin..
Word of Caution~!
Always read the label, research the products MSDS sheets..Read the fine prints, avoid like the plague ANYTHING that has ammonia base or acidic agents.
I think you get the general idea..If you ever have a question about the use of any product, this forum is a fantastic place to come with your questions first..
Good luck~


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Old 11-01-2003, 08:07 AM   #3
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I'll concur with the previous post that the longevity of the new Alcoa prefinished panels is still something only time will tell. I can tell you that my routine with my '01 Safari was to wash it after every trip and also anually Walbernize it. That kept it looking great up to the day I traded it in a few days back.

Now I took it one step further by arranging for inside storage from November through March.

Welcome and have fun with your new Airstream! Stay tuned for future information regarding a Midwest airstreamforum weekend rally in 2004 and a weeklong Midwest airstreamforum rally up in Michigan next summer.


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