Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-21-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
2014 27' Flying Cloud
Conifer , Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 6
Angry Someone keyed my new AS!

Yesterday I noticed that my new 2014 27' AS had been keyed. The scratch is about two feet long. Are there any fixes other than replacing the entire side panel costing me thousands of dollars? Needless to say I am very upset about this.
__________________

__________________
coazboyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 11:19 AM   #2
"Tinbad ... the Trailer"
 
Del Gurney's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
1965 26' Overlander
Ferndale , Washington
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 345
Unfortunately shiny things (other peoples) bring out "bling-envy" in jerks. It's a job for a professional clear coat person.
I live near a very popular casino....in summer the RV lot is always packed.....but
never an Airstream in 4 years have I seen. Too risky.
__________________

__________________
Del Gurney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 11:30 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
dkottum's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,716
If you travel, they can take damage from a lot of sources, this is one of the more unfortunate. Check with your insurance about repairs. Or we can live with the scars from use.

It is important to do something temporary or permanent to protect the scratch from becoming a worsening scar of filiform corrosion. Treat it temporarily and regularly with CorrosionX until a permanent repair is done. Or carefully apply a more permanent line of protection with an acrylic clear coat pen.
__________________
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles

The Truth is More Important Than the Facts
dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 11:36 AM   #4
3 Rivet Member
 
2012 23' Flying Cloud
2014 25' FB International
2014 27' FB International
Sugar Valley , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 117
I feel your pain. Someone decided my Airstream would make a good target for their bb gun. A rivet would hide the ding left by the rivet, but the scratches caused by the window coming apart and hitting the side of the trailer could not be removed. Airstream said the only way to fix the scratches was to replace the panel. And you are right, the quote was many thousands of dollars. It sucks that there are people like this.
__________________
Mike S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 11:40 AM   #5
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
From All Over , More Than Anywhere Else
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10,297
You have to be philosophical about these things. Just sixteen hours (!) after I bought my Airstream Interstate, someone broke out the passenger-side front window and destroyed my dashboard with a crowbar or tire iron to remove the Kenwood head unit that they couldn't even use once the security lock-out activated when the wires were cut. Over $3500 worth of damage and I hadn't even gotten a chance to use it!

That took the "new" right off, and after I got it back from having the damage repaired I was a lot less concerned over the dings, nicks, and scratches of everyday use.
__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

My Google-Fu is strong today.
Protagonist is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 01:07 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
2014 23' FB International
Campbell River , British Columbia
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 50
Do not despair,
Go to a tool shop and get some polishing felt as well as some polishing rouge compound. The red rouge will work the best on aluminium. I refinish aluminium airplane models (antiques from the 50's 60's) and I remove deep scratches. I have a special polishing machine but I use my drill for the tight areas. First mask tape it all except for an inch or two, to try it out. Start you drill and make it turn on the compound so it gets coated with it. Then gently start to polish with the rouge on the scratch. As your felt turns black or dirty, just turn the drill on a piece of cloth, to remove some of the black (ps since your rig is new you might not even get the black oxide). There are also a lot of videos on Youtube on how to polish aluminium. If all fails, a metal shop should be able to do this for you. It is very fixable!

When you are done, polish over by hand with Hagerty 100 Aluminium and Stainless steel polish cream. You can buy it on Ebay, if you can't find it in town.

Here is what you will need (the red rouge works better on aluminium)

hope this helps and at least gives you hope.

al
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCF4465.JPG
Views:	134
Size:	196.4 KB
ID:	232826   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCF4466.JPG
Views:	123
Size:	197.6 KB
ID:	232827  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCF4467.JPG
Views:	128
Size:	196.3 KB
ID:	232828  
__________________
roundrobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 01:15 PM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
2014 23' FB International
Campbell River , British Columbia
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 50
Her is the Hagerty

Forgot the picture for the final polish

al
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCF4469.JPG
Views:	133
Size:	217.6 KB
ID:	232829  
__________________
roundrobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 01:18 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
weirdstuff's Avatar
 
2018 23' International
Currently Looking...
San Diego , California
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,069
That sucks. Sorry to hear. People suck (sometimes). At least our scratches are self-inflicted.
weirdstuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 01:52 PM   #9
New Member
 
2000 25' Safari
Narvon , Pennsylvania
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1
So so sorry! We live among "animals."
__________________
beach patrol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 02:26 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
r carl's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Lin , Ne
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by coazboyz View Post
Yesterday I noticed that my new 2014 27' AS had been keyed. The scratch is about two feet long. Are there any fixes other than replacing the entire side panel costing me thousands of dollars? Needless to say I am very upset about this.
Kids on bikes with worn out hand grips make scratches mistaken for key scratches.
__________________
The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
r carl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 04:02 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
2014 23' FB International
Campbell River , British Columbia
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by r carl View Post
Kids on bikes with worn out hand grips make scratches mistaken for key scratches.
That is the way to look at it. Sometime it is done by accident, and not personal. Everything is fixable though. I know I have the skills to do this, but if I didn't I would go to a reputable metal fabricating place or body shop and have them buff it out. They probably couldn't take it totally away, but make it so your eyes don't go to it right away.
Like John Candy said to Steve Martin after their car was squeezed in between 2 rigs in Planes Trains and Automobiles " This will buff right out"



Al
__________________
roundrobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 05:44 PM   #12
1 Rivet Member
 
2014 27' Flying Cloud
Conifer , Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 6
What about the clear coat? I think that buffing out would work with older models. Also the scratch was much higher than handlebars. Thanks for all the advice. I'm feeling a little better now.
__________________
coazboyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2015, 08:18 AM   #13
3 Rivet Member
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Barrie , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 185
Beach patrol : No it self absorbed idiots ! Animals would not do this !
__________________
Bev1940 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2015, 08:37 AM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
2018 30' Classic
Newport , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 213
Keyed Airstrean

I would recommend turning this into the police so a report is on file and then your insurance company.

Buffing a new trailer with clear coat will be a mistake

Take it to a AS dealer that has proper capability to bring back to new condition

Keep in mins when a patch type repair is made that will impact the value of the trailer when you trade or sell

This is what comprehensive insurance is for

Earl
__________________

__________________
EarlM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replacement (keyed) deadbolt for '66 AS? mommythrice Doors & Locks 0 06-27-2014 02:18 PM
Curtains - looking for someone to make and Install (incldg tracks (new york area) pgreenx Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 1 08-09-2012 09:44 PM
No keys - can we get our locks re-keyed? TexInNC Doors & Locks 4 11-27-2011 03:08 PM
All doors and hatches keyed alike Jammer Exterior Storage Compartments & Access Doors 5 10-13-2010 04:37 PM
Why would someone do this? Chuck Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 6 07-10-2002 03:53 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.