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Old 09-23-2013, 07:25 AM   #29
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It has been busy....we have been at Keji every weekend for the past while and for the next weeks as well. We volunteer with the Blandings Turtle recovery program and it is time for the protected nests to hatch. As volunteer researchers we head out to the nesting sites and check for hatchlings, record data, notch code their shells, and some get radio transmitters for tracking purposes. Fun and we get to camp as well..Fall colors are just starting. Here are some hatchling photos and the Airstream..."outstanding in its field"
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:34 PM   #30
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David excellent job. Having polished two trailers I can appreciate all the hard work. Just wanted to tell you that I like the two-tone look. Great work!

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Old 10-27-2013, 08:48 AM   #31
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Nice looking trailer.
On the front and rear caps the clear coat on my 34' looks very similar to yours in your first post in this thread.
Thanks for sending the link to me!
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:40 AM   #32
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I used the same Smart strip I found at a paint supply outlet and it worked well for me. I am going the Caswell route with blk & wht and vented wheels. So far it has been a lot of work and mess just doing the first pass on the top and street side. I am doing this part time in direct sun on generator power so I am trying to cover as much area as fast as possible. I provide rush hour entertainment for Rt.1 south when I'm up top. I have to admit it gets to be grueling sometimes but every time I see my reflection I tend to be smiling. Can't wait to see it finished.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-01-2013, 08:15 AM   #33
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Looks good....yes a lot of work...but your reflection and comments from people passing by make it worth it! I did not do the roof as it has a white coating on it to help keep it cool....and you cannot see it from the ground. Keep it up!
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:33 AM   #34
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Just put this before and after pic together....really shows the improvement
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:49 AM   #35
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New day job?

Very impressive, Gilmurr. You should be proud.

I am curious, how many hours do you think you have into the project so far? Just for grins and giggles, if you were to do this job for someone else, what would you charge? Or alternatively, how much would you have to pay someone to do the job?

There is a severely corroded/oxidized 31' AS for sale which has a well maintained interior. I am trying to get an idea of how much time or money one would have to adjust the price.

Thanks much.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:50 AM   #36
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I did not keep good track of the hours...but I started June 1st and finished what I have done now at the end of Aug. I would spend approx 3 hrs each evening and the odd weekend day (camped most weekends). So an estimate would be 250 hrs...keeping in mind I only did the top half as the bottom finish is in fine shape. Still have not decided if I will polish the bottom, but at this time I don't think so. Im happy with the result as it is...huge improvement as you can see. What would someone charge? Hard to put a price on it...a lot of time, messy work, and hard on the upper body. That said I don't think I would pay someone to do it.....just one of those things that if I can do it why pay someone else. Also the personal satisfaction of a job well done, and to my standards.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:22 PM   #37
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... if you were to do this job for someone else, what would you charge? Or alternatively, how much would you have to pay someone to do the job?
I've heard 8 hours per foot is pretty normal. 28' x 8 = 224 hours.

There's a few professionals out there that will do the job. They charge about $200 per foot. Example: a 28' trailer is $5600. The one I checked out had this quote, but it included repainting all the hitch and tail area and any pinstriping, plus installing all new lenses with LED replacement lights.

I've heard of $150 per foot, but I'm guessing you'd get less done.

If you figure $5,000 for 250 hours of work, that's $20/hr. And that doesn't include all the supplies, tools, power, or water.

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I've heard 8 hours per foot is pretty normal. 28' x 8 = 224 hours.

There's a few professionals out there that will do the job. They charge about $200 per foot. Example: a 28' trailer is $5600. The one I checked out had this quote, but it included repainting all the hitch and tail area and any pinstriping, plus installing all new lenses with LED replacement lights.

I've heard of $150 per foot, but I'm guessing you'd get less done.

If you figure $5,000 for 250 hours of work, that's $20/hr. And that doesn't include all the supplies, tools, power, or water.

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That sounds realistic. That was very helpful, Kevin. Thanks.

It is my understanding that Airstreams come from the factory with a clear coat finish? Assuming that is correct, if someone went to the expense or labor of a re-polish, would not you want to protect that with a clear coat?

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:14 AM   #39
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Some do a reapplication of clearcoat.....but it is expensive and then can fail again down the road so you are back where you started. I intend to do regular clean and polish to maintain the look. This also allows you to go over every inch of the trailer to inspect for problems.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:52 PM   #40
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It is my understanding that Airstreams come from the factory with a clear coat finish? Assuming that is correct, if someone went to the expense or labor of a re-polish, would not you want to protect that with a clear coat?

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What Gilmurr said.

And yes, they do come from the factory with a clear coat.

There's an inherent problem with applying clear coat to a polished surface. The polishing removes all the "tooth" or texture that promotes good and long lasting adhesion.

Secondly, who is going to clear coat it? and what product are you going to use? There's not really a proven product for this application, nor a professional that has had any luck making it "stick".

Third: like Gilmurr said, it's going to fail in 5 years. Then you're going to have to repeat the whole process again. It's much easier to just "touch up" the polish job than strip the whole trailer and re-clear coat it.

There is Dick McIntyre in my neck of the woods Aluminum Motorhomes, Trailer Refinishing | Monroe, OR That developed the Airstream clear coat, but that's $3500 and I don't think he'll put it on a polished trailer.

If you polish it yourself, keeping it up is easy compared to the first cut. But I only speak from repolishing motorcycle parts, as I'm mid-polish on my first (and last) trailer job.

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Old 06-12-2014, 06:07 AM   #41
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Have had the Airstream out of storage for a month now....been busy getting things ready for the new season and yesterday finally got around to doing the final polish. Was very pleased with how the coat of wax (liquid Glass) I put on last Oct kept the finish in great shape during the winter while in storage (inside). So yesterday I used the Cyclo polisher to do a final polish with the Liquid polish and followed up with a fresh coat of Liquid Glass wax. Things went very fast and got the curb side done in about 2 hours. Here is the result...looks good!
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Hi Gilmurr!

I have a1998 safari that I will start to polish, I also ordered the jetsco kit and the cyclo. The previous owner did the top part like you and I think that I will only need to redo it with the cyclo.

The bottom part will need to be stripped and polish completely...

What kind of fabric are you using with the cyclo??? I was thinking of using microfiber cloth, but so far, only polishing with my hand, they seem to create a lot of swirl mark... I am very confuse, people say that this fabric is very soft and even if you push hard it should not scratch the finish... The one I used was new, maybe I should wash them...

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