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Old 06-23-2016, 10:16 PM   #15
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Is Corrosion X advised for a new Airstream with the clear coat on the aluminum?
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That's where it IS needed. Search filiform corrosion to understand.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:28 PM   #16
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One hour to do all that? It takes me over 3 hours just to wash a 30' trailer.
It takes an hour to apply CorrosionX to the panel rivets and panel edges, spray and wipe accessories and wheels, spray underbody steel. Try it. I don't treat the white roof panel rivets, maybe I should; add 15 minutes.

More seriously, you'll develop your own system suited to your climate and travels. The CorrosionX and Boeshield T9 work well.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:57 PM   #17
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Walbernize protects for a lot longer than people realize. I spilled some on an outdoor wrought iron back yard table and I could not get it off no matter what I used. Finally , about two years later in the Texas sun it went away. I'll always use it for durability. And, so for, no corrosion.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:32 AM   #18
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It takes an hour to apply CorrosionX to the panel rivets and panel edges, spray and wipe accessories and wheels, spray underbody steel. Try it. I don't treat the white roof panel rivets, maybe I should; add 15 minutes.

More seriously, you'll develop your own system suited to your climate and travels. The CorrosionX and Boeshield T9 work well.

I can honestly tell you that had I stumbled on this site before purchasing our Airstream I would have never made the decision to by it. The amount of concern regarding corrosion, its prevention and care would have sent me to buy a fiberglass Trailer. As I said just to wash my 30' takes me over 3 hours and it takes me over 4 when I really get into it. I am a healthy 72 year old and can crawl all over it but how about in 5 years. I have yet to find a reliable place to get a good wash much less a place to do all of the work yo are all describing here to prevent an Airstream from simply disintegrating from corrosion. I am exhausted just reading about it. May be I should just get rid of it before all my rivets pop and my belly pan falls of from rust.
Anyone interested in a 2013 30' International Signature Series. Great shape, washed regularly, never Warbelized, WD40 ied, or the bally pan sprayed. But I do have a new set of Michelin's on it.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:28 PM   #19
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Should I use Corrosion X on brand new trailer to prevent corrosion

Seriously, it's NOT that big a deal. Our AS was stored outdoors in WA state for years. Very little filiform corrosion. I don't obsess about it. I'm 68, if the AS gets washed at all, it's every couple years. I don't obsess about shiny. I go camping.

😀IMHO some folks on the forums (a minority) are way too worried about the looks of their vehicles.

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Old 06-24-2016, 06:37 PM   #20
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Frank, I'm 70 years old and corrosion preventive treatment is an incredibly easy process, apply and wipe. Washing the Airstream is much more difficult.
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I find myself thinking the same about what might have happened had I read this forum first. It at least has given me a better understanding why some consultants involved with manufacturing improvement laughed at me for getting an AS.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:27 PM   #22
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Okay, here's the 20 minute CorrosionX treatment.

Take the spray can and spray along the rivet lines and panel edges. Let in soak a couple of minutes and wipe it up. Spray the underbody steel parts and let them be. You're done and your Airstream has great corrosion protection.

If you live and camp in the desert do it every couple of years. If you live or camp at the beach or pull it through northern road salt do it more often.
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How much Corrosion X does it take to treat a fairly new 30'
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:54 AM   #24
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One spray can should easily do, but CorrosionX (and/or Boeshield T9) are good general purpose lubricating and penetrating oils. We carry a can in our Airstream on our long travels. Buy two.

I mentioned earlier dabbing the rivets with a Q-Tip dipped in CorrosionX. That method didn't receive rave reviews but takes much less than 1/4 can.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:38 AM   #25
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We've been using CorrosionX on the shell and Boeshield T9 on the underbody steel parts for five years, no corrosion anywhere on our Airstream. We must qualify that by saying we have not driven in northern winter road salt or camped near near the salt water coasts.

So we've had a two-part prevention program, use corrosion prevention products regularly and avoid salt environments as much as possible. Most people will not be able to avoid the salt environments or want to, so frequent washings and corrosion prevention products should be used more often.

The filiform corrosion will start anywhere the factory shell coating is compromised, panel edges, holes drilled for rivets, nicks and scratches, exterior accessories such as tail light housings, hinges, locks, and wheels.

We set up a program where we inspect the trailer once a quarter for condition and operation, treat the shell edges, rivets and accessories with CorrosionX, and the underbody steel with Boeshield T9 or CorrosionX.

We took a felt-tipped clear acrylic touchup pen and run it along the panel edges, probably four times letting them dry between applications. That seems to protect the panel edges, spray the CorrossionX onto accessories and wipe up with a rag, and do the rivets with a Q-Tip dipped in CorrosionX. I only treat the panel rivets, the window/door frame rivets I wipe with a CorrosionX on a rag.

Then spray the underbody steel, such as steps, spare tire mount, stabilizers, and axles being careful to never get any into the brake drums.

We started this process the day we brought the Airstream home, it's very simple, takes maybe an hour or so a few times a year.

Do you wax? If so, do you wax before or after the CorrosionX process?

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I find myself thinking the same about what might have happened had I read this forum first. It at least has given me a better understanding why some consultants involved with manufacturing improvement laughed at me for getting an AS.

My biggest gripe is with Airstream. I feel that it is their responsibility to manufacture a worry free product. If it is prone to corrosion and needs preventative measures they should install it at the factory. I feel the same way about them re, installing GYM tires and 15" wheels. They should make the 16" wheels and Michelin tires a standard as well.
After all they charge a small fortune for these trailers. I am willing to pay it but in return I want to simply hitch up, go traveling without worrying about corrosion damage an tire thread separation. Pay 90 grand for it and end up with non stop anxiety owning it.
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Okay, here's the 20 minute CorrosionX treatment.

Take the spray can and spray along the rivet lines and panel edges. Let in soak a couple of minutes and wipe it up. Spray the underbody steel parts and let them be. You're done and your Airstream has great corrosion protection.

If you live and camp in the desert do it every couple of years. If you live or camp at the beach or pull it through northern road salt do it more often.
Before doing that I surely need to wash it because you can't wipe over dirt without scratching the finish.
I might give that a try the next time I wash it, providing I have enough energy left. Or maybe just stop fretting over it and let the next owner worry about it.
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I see it much like owning a home, you have to clean it, cut the grass, prune the trees and bushes. Every few years you have to paint it. Have to change the oil in your car, wash it, rotate the tires... that's life!

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My biggest gripe is with Airstream. I feel that it is their responsibility to manufacture a worry free product. If it is prone to corrosion and needs preventative measures they should install it at the factory. I feel the same way about them re, installing GYM tires and 15" wheels. They should make the 16" wheels and Michelin tires a standard as well.
After all they charge a small fortune for these trailers. I am willing to pay it but in return I want to simply hitch up, go traveling without worrying about corrosion damage an tire thread separation. Pay 90 grand for it and end up with non stop anxiety owning it.
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