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Old 01-13-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Can anyone suggest the best products/methods for just standard, exterior AS washing after a weekend of adventure? We live in Florida and there's lots of salty, sea breeze around....we're wanting to keep her pretty.
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:00 PM   #2
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Others will chime in and there are alot of personal choices - OK now that the disclaimer is there...... I use Turtle Wax Car Wash concentrate, mix it in a bucket and use a clean car wash sponge from Walmart. Works well for me.
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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Before....a trip I washed the truck with the Turtle wax wash. Some splashed onto the polished Caravel. I just left the spots , dried the truck, and off I went. I did see spots on the polish but figured it would wipe off. WRONG!!!
I have tried all...even down to Nuvite F9 ( and the Cyclo) Met-al and a few others. I still have the spots. I have resolved that I am stuck till its aged (multiple annual polishes) a few years. Am I griped!!
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walbernize is the airstream prefered cleaner. I use water and a wet towel. No soap. A rinse after a trip to the beach should be fine.
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Can anyone suggest the best products/methods for just standard, exterior AS washing after a weekend of adventure? We live in Florida and there's lots of salty, sea breeze around....we're wanting to keep her pretty.
hi salvarez and welcome to the forums!

ther is an entire subforum on these issues...

more than most would wanna read!

here are a few threads to get ya started

http://www.airforums.com/forums/sear...earchid=936142

keep in mind YOUR unit has the alcoa clearcoat NOT the plasticoat from years past...

ANY quality auto wash can be used, followed by ANY quality auto wax/sealant/detail spray...

imo walbernize isn't very good on newer units and YOUR owners manual doesn't recommend it either...

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Old 01-13-2008, 10:20 PM   #6
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We live three houses off the ocean, and have always washed Lucy after each trip. We use whatever kind of dish soap is under the kitchen sink at the time.
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:47 PM   #7
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keep in mind YOUR unit has the alcoa clearcoat NOT the plasticoat from years past...
2air, (or anyone else that knows)
When did they switch over? I did a search, you are the only person I even saw that addressed it, and didn't find when the process changed.
Most just refer to all clearcoat as just that - clearcoat, without any distinction as to what kind.
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...When did they switch over?...
the switch to alcoa applied clearcoat was in 99

the plasticoat used prior to this was applied AFTER contruction by the a/s factory...

that coating went through at least 3 formulations, each more environmentally friendly...

and less durable.

the plasticoat (prior to 99) was a softer but thicker application and could be replaced by vendors...

the current clearcoat can only be replaced by replacing the aluminum panel...

here's a couple'a links 4 ya...

Alcoa: Worldwide: Markets: Automotive: Customer Successes: Airstream Travel Trailers

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...oat-18760.html

advance search using 'alcoa clearcoat' and my forum name and 30 threads with bits of this info will appear...

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Old 01-14-2008, 08:29 AM   #10
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2air- So what is the recommended method of sealing a small scratch in the clearcoat? Just let the wax protect it or use some sort of touch up sealer?
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..So what is the recommended method of sealing a small scratch in the clearcoat? Just let the wax protect it or use some sort of touch up sealer?
hi wayne&sam...

yes to either approach....

it can be handled like a car paint scratch...

clean, and fill with clear nail polish, clear touch up paint or masked and sprayed...

imo these fixes often look worse than the defect...

so i usually use a wax/sealant or anticorrosion spray...

here are more detailed answers from other threads on this topic...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/481374-post8.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/473677-post5.html

and jack's experience using a touch up approach; starting at about post 24...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...2-a-16344.html

while my unit has some tiny patches of filiform corrosion, like many others here...

you have seen this thread right? http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ams-31743.html

none of the spots are in waxed/treated scratches. they are exclusively in small regions i failed to wax early on

because my arms got tired

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I wash with Armor All car wash and as the factory suggested back in 2004, Walbernize. I agree it does not seem to last too long if the unit is kept outdoors, but mine is kept indoors most of the time and I can get a whole season of protection with one or two coats throughout the season.
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We live three houses off the ocean, and have always washed Lucy after each trip. We use whatever kind of dish soap is under the kitchen sink at the time.
I will wash a vehicle with Dawn to remove the wax. Are you re-waxing after each wash?
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Thanks 2air. I just want to protect a small scratch so it doesn't start a major corrosion issue. I've waxed it for the winter and will see what happens in the spring.
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