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Old 07-22-2013, 07:55 AM   #15
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What an INSPIRATION you are! I'm taking notes for when I need/want to do this to ours, only one year newer than yours.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:51 AM   #16
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Great job!
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #17
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Holy smokes! Now I know what I'm up agin'st!
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:32 AM   #18
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Working on the end caps is considerably more work. A lot of curved surfaces that results in a different texture on the metal due to the stress of bending (I assume) Although the results are not as good as the sides, the improvement is great. There was so much oxidation on the end caps that anything is an improvement. Applied the Airstream Decals from Out of Doors Mart as the metal was the cleanest it will ever be. Makes it seem rather official to have the Airstream name back on the front and rear. Still a bit more to do on the rear end cap and then on to the street side....more windows there so should not take too long....getting there. Some more photos....
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:14 PM   #19
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I have the same "orange peel" texture on my end caps. And I think you're right about the source of it. I'm guessing when they stamp those complex curves it either stretches the aluminum or takes an imprint from the stamping dyes.
I think the ultimate solution is to wet sand it flat first with 1000-2000 grit, then polish. I'm not completely sure it would be worth the effort. My lower end panels are worse than the rest. We'll have to see if I have any juice left after the first cut, then I'll decide if I want to go the extra mile to sand, then polish...again.

Looking good!
I'd be further along, but we keep using the trailer!
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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Looks so nice. Going to start our Tradewind this fall and didn't know if we had to take awning off first. Looks like you just worked around yours? Did you cover it or have to protect it at all? Hard to work around?
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:21 AM   #21
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Keven......I am happy with the look of things now so I will not be doing an extra sanding....you have to be very close to notice the difference, and for the most part I will be the only one that close. And yes it is hard to get things done when we are on the road....If we wanted to park it..it would not have wheels!

Splinter......You are right I did not take the awnings off. I taped them over so as not to get stripper or polishing crud on them. If is likely a bit more work as you have to get behind the awning arms by opening the awning etc and you have some small detail areas to do, but I think that in the end it is easier. Keven / Outofcontrol I think is removing his awnings...perhaps some thoughts from him?
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Glimurr,
Looks great. Polishing is a lot of work, but I think it is totally worth it. Taking on the challenge of polishing a newer trailer with mill finish can be daunting, but you seem to have no problems. Keep it up!

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You are correct. To get rid of the mill finish and deeper texture of the stretch formed panels, sanding with 320 grit on a DA sander then hand wet sanding with 400, 600, 800, 1000 will give you a surface that will shine like a mirror. However, if you get the end caps to look like that, you may have to wet sand the whole trailer.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:32 AM   #23
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I was going to do some work on the end cap last night but the fog rolled in and things just got too wet to work. So as I walked around the trailer I was looking at the furnace and hot water heater covers. They really look awful...paint is discolored and splotchy. So I decided to see what would happen if I tried to strip and polish them. The worst thing that would happen is that I would ruin them and have to order stainless steel ones from Airstream. Anyway without too much work they both came out great...just some finish work to do. Now I feel that I am justified in ordering the stainless steel range vent from Airstream as the ugly plastic one really looks bad now that the polishing is done...so I just ordered it! I guess this will never end....but it is fun! More photos!
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:13 AM   #24
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Just back from 4 days at the Park. Got bored one afternoon and since I had the supplies in the truck, decided it was time to give Hensley a facelift...looks like new again. No polishing but thought a photo of an Airstream in its native environment was needed. Back to polishing this evening.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #25
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Kevin / Outofcontrol I think is removing his awnings...perhaps some thoughts from him?
I only took off one so far, and it's not too hard. I FOR SURE will need some help with the longer ones. It's easy to get them to slide out except for the last couple inches... I know that the spring is on the left side of the small one I did take off, and it's wound up 11 times.

I should preface this with the knowledge that I replaced the awning on my last Airstream and a SOB that I had, so I understand how they work (and the inherent dangers). But that experience lent some confidence.

I couldn't figure out how to get up underneath the awning without rubbing it. I wanted to detach the arms and just lay the awning over the top of the airstream, but the metal covers prevent it from going up past 90 deg. I do like the extra exposure around the awning, and I'll probably be enlisting my neighbor to help remove the other ones.... if I ever get there.

Looks awesome Gilmurr. I've been removing my pop riveted emblems so I can strip/polish underneath them. Not sure how I'm going work around the glued on letters on the top. I thought I read that you can just scrape them off and then glue them back on. I'm sure I'll want to polish all around them.

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:25 AM   #26
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Range vent came in along with the replacement LED tail light (one of the original did not work) Installed both while waiting for the skin on the trailer to cool down (hot day yesterday) New vent looks great. If anyone needs a set of tail light lens covers for 1994 or newer Classic let me know.
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Been a while...

Well folks, its been a while since my last post. Been busy with life....and some camping. Finally finished the first two cuts on the trailer and have started on the final polish with the Cyclo...yes, I decided that it would be worth the investment....Looks great, especially when you listen to the advice posted here that you are polishing for people to see 20-30 ft away. Any way we were at Keji last weekend and had one guy insist that we have a new trailer, with the polish and the LED taillights...nice compliment. I have also started buffing the lower half and it is coming up like new. I like the two tone look and may leave it that way...thoughts? Here is a photo from Keji last week and one on the day I finished the last section above the street side awning. It certainly has been a summer project and am very happy to get the last of the really messy part done.

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Old 09-03-2013, 08:57 AM   #28
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David,
That is OUTSTANDING work! Makes ours like yours look a little dull. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop and up to date. Congratulations!
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