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Old 10-26-2008, 11:47 AM   #15
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So how long might it take for water leakage to appear after an acid wash?

My guess is that there will be no leakage unless there is already a problem. Acid "eats" until the ph level reaches 7 or neutralizes itself. Large amounts of water speed this up. It won't keep "eating" forever.

If you are unsure, find yourself a couple pieces of scrap aluminum and rivet them together w/ Vulkem as a sealant. Spray the acid wash on the aluminum and see what happens. I don't think anything will happen to the sealant, rivet, or aluminum. After that, soak the piece in the wash for a couple of days. If it doesn't eat the rivet or the Vulkem you will be satisfied, I think.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:48 AM   #16
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Update on Acid Process Used

This morning I spoke to the person/company that stripped and polished this '64. He used what he called a lighter duty aluminum "brightner". He said he also uses on some applications of truck an 'acid wash", but this is not what he used on this Airstream, and that he felt the acid wash is too heavy duty. The unit was then fuly washed down with rinse water. He then went on to say that he used a two step polishing compound process (I assume like Nuvite, different grades).

I do not know the exact brand, but I believe is was close to this:
Aluminum Brightener, Regular Strength - Removes oxidation from any aluminum surface. Cleans as it works. Dilute up to 50 to 1 with water for light oxidation; use in a more concentrated form for heavier oxidation. ALWAYS WORK FROM BOTTOM TO TOP. Light blue liquid. Hydrofluoric acid based. Caution: Do not apply to glass surfaces. 55 gal.

So what is the opinion of an "aluminum brightner" verus an "acid wash"? Again, I see no evidence of any leakage or water damage, over one year later. I want to pull the trigger on this AS today, but I have hesitated, after reading all the horror stories of "acid wash", and leaking rivets, and junk AS as a result.

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:07 AM   #17
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Tim - just buy the unit! : )
Better?
Seriously, if the acid "damage" would have been evident by now.... if none, just smile!
I'm sure it looks nice... pics after the purchase?
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:09 AM   #18
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Not to Worry

Go get that Airstream RIGHT NOW. It's snowing in Fargo this AM. You have to get that baby home and tucked in. Your worries should be completely put aside after getting the "brightener" history from the truck maintenance fella. Now you can concentrate on axels, tires, Corning windows,frame separation, floor rot, leaking panels, aluminum wiring, Univolts, and all the other joys of a Vintage. You WILL love it and the good folks you have in that group.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:38 PM   #19
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I told the PO "Yes", and the check is on its way. I will get some pics posted within the week! Thanks to all for their input!

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Old 10-27-2008, 06:47 PM   #20
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Way to go!!!

I'm proud of your decision. Looking foreward to the pics.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:33 PM   #21
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I told the PO "Yes", and the check is on its way. I will get some pics posted within the week! Thanks to all for their input!

-Tim
1. Any acid bath for any Airstream or Argosy product, is not necessary in order to properly paint them a color, or to polish them.

2. The risk invovled using acid is not worth the ultimate costs of corrcting problems than can arise from the acid.

3. Painters offer advice and opinions, owners offer advice and opinions, and I offer 42 years of experience, backed with facts.

DON'T USE ACID, PERIOD

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Old 10-29-2008, 01:52 PM   #22
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I already pulled the trigger, and in this case, I am feeling good about it. 1 1/2 yers with no sign of an issue makes me believe all will be well on this unti. Yesterday Andy quoted new axel/brakes/shocks/wheels for me. This work will most likely wait for spring.

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Whoops, thought this was a thread about growing up in the sixties.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:51 PM   #24
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Finally some pictures to share

It has taken me time to get around to posting some pictures. I am inspired by the many refurbish threads I am seeing, and even the blogs. I might go there as well, but in advance of that, here are some pictures that I took. Much work to be done!
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Where did you go that has so many Airstreams lying around?
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:23 PM   #27
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It is a winter storage location that is popular with Airstream owners at the Airstream Park in Clear Lake, MN.
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