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Old 10-07-2014, 05:46 PM   #29
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Our vent covers were in excellent shape after two years so I decided to put Maxxim (or Fantastic) vent covers over them so we can leave the vent covers open for ventilation and not worry about rain coming in. They also protect the vent covers from sun damage.
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:18 PM   #30
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What is the best order to follow for waxing and corrosion prevention? Is it corrosionX/boeshield followed by wax/glare or wax/glare followed by corrosions/boeshield?
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:26 PM   #31
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Jay, do you have fantastic fans or some other on the rooftop. I'm suprised to hear that yours have needed replacement so frequently.
We had one Fantastic Fan installed a few years ago and that vent cover is good - my understanding is that Fantastic Fan vents are protected against ultraviolet rays. The remaining vent (and its replacement covers) seems to last 2 or 3 seasons at the most - then they very literally rot and crumble away - can't explain the frequency except to note that our trailer is never under cover.


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What is the best order to follow for waxing and corrosion prevention? Is it corrosionX/boeshield followed by wax/glare or wax/glare followed by corrosions/boeshield?
Corrosion treatment is my priority, wax is mostly cosmetic on these Alcoa pre coated panels. So I wax annually, corrosion treat quarterly.

Some polishes such as Glare say to remove any previous finish before applying so for the annual polishing I polish first and treat for corrosion after. Sounds kind of redundant but it has worked for three years so far, no corrosion whatsoever anywhere.
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:42 PM   #33
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Doug, regarding the use of CorrosionX, do you really apply it to all aluminum panel edges and rivets? That sounds like a lot of work!!! Aren't there 32 zillion rivets on the average AS?

I thought it was only used in locations where filiform corrosion was beginning to show?
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Thanks Jay. Ours has 2 fantastic fans and the covers seem to be OK so far. We need to keep it outside since we've had it ( 3yrs) but it's earlier life was stored underground in a limestone cave in Missouri by the previous owner so it's exposure was limited for the first 10 yrs.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:11 PM   #35
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Doug, regarding the use of CorrosionX, do you really apply it to all aluminum panel edges and rivets? That sounds like a lot of work!!! Aren't there 32 zillion rivets on the average AS?

I thought it was only used in locations where filiform corrosion was beginning to show?
It can halt minor existing corrosion, scratch the corroded spot, touch it with CorrosionX and let it soak for awhile. It will follow the filiform worm and prevent water from getting in. Then cover the spot with clear acrylic touch up paint.

Prevention. The filiform only affects rivet holes in the clear coated panels as near as I can tell. So I only treat the rivets in clear coated panels. I spray some in the CorrosionX cap, take a Q-tip and dab them liberally top to bottom on every rivet line, and then run it liberally down the panel edge nearby, let soak as you move around the Airstream. As you move around look for any fresh nicks and dab them as well, wipe and touch with acrylic clear coat pen. Wipe up the drips gently with a rag when all done. Takes about a half-hour or so.

I spray the hinges, wheels, taillights and all such fittings, let soak and wipe up gently. I hit the stabilizers underneath liberally as I go around. Another ten minutes or so.

If we were in a coastal salt or northern road salt environment I would spray and wipe the window and door frames, and any unprotected metal surfaces as well. That may not be enough protection depending on amount of exposure and time after exposure before washing. These environments are a battle for metal trailer parts.

I have not treated the white roof panels for corrosion because I don't believe they are Alcoa clear coat, just paint. But not sure.
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Thanks Doug. One last question, do you notice any effect on the wax finish in places where you've applied the CorrosionX to panels?
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:17 PM   #37
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What is the "aerial"?


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No Bob, the CorrosionX doesn't seem to affect the polish.
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An aerial is what old farts like me call the antenna.

Or, what's an antenna?
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Thank you Doug for your protocol. It is the best one that I have read. I am just a little nervous about adding chemicals into the metal-plastic coating interface, but then the corrosion is far worst.
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Tin tin - my first application of the x done in a much sloppier fashion did not take too long - my job of it was very runny in parts even with wiping up excess - I used a bad sloppy method of application

With that it took me perhaps an hour to apply - did a wash A week later

I'm due for a redo

I'll be doing the x annually but may up it to twice a year - maybe push for quarterly once I get my method done better


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Thanks Doug/Pharm.

I'll be ordering some X soon. Very tough (impossible) to find it here in Canada. Next trip south I'll pick some up.

Our '09 hasn't shown any filo corrosion so far (knocking on wood).
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