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Old 09-22-2007, 06:06 PM   #1
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Clearcoat off / what are my options

polished front upper cap after decal & numbers removal. Looks good, better than the 8 year old clear coat everywhere else. What are my options, leave as is, coat with wax, airstream sells clearcoat spray ???
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Old 09-22-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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polished front upper cap after decal & numbers removal. Looks good, better than the 8 year old clear coat everywhere else. What are my options, leave as is, coat with wax, airstream sells clearcoat spray ???
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Airstream has a 2 part clearcoat available thru dealers, or you can purchase it if you visit the factory.

Bare aluminum will oxidize quickly. Cover the stripped areas with a "very high" quality auto paste wax.

Two "very good" coats will last thru the coming winter.

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Old 09-22-2007, 07:34 PM   #3
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AS does have a touch up can you can buy for about $20. give hte factory a call. personally I would keep removing the clear coat. polish the whole thing.
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:14 PM   #4
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I have just finished renovating our 79 31' international. It's time to tackle the exterior finish. The clear coat on top is gone down to about the top of the windows, but is intact from there down. If I am going to invest a considerable amout of time stripping the rest of the clear coat and then compounding and polishing I don't think I want to invest that time again every year. I would prefer to spend that time using and enjoying my AS . If I understand the oxidation of aluminum correctly wouldn't it be prudent to seal the new found finish and preserve it by sealing off the source of oxidation? If it is possible to reseal finish what is the most durable material that won't fade or discolor? What is your opinion?
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:11 AM   #5
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...... If I am going to invest a considerable amout of time stripping the rest of the clear coat and then compounding and polishing I don't think I want to invest that time again every year. I would prefer to spend that time using and enjoying my AS . If I understand the oxidation of aluminum correctly wouldn't it be prudent to seal the new found finish and preserve it by sealing off the source of oxidation? If it is possible to reseal finish what is the most durable material that won't fade or discolor? What is your opinion?
This is how our "63" Safari looked after five seasons of use. A good cleaning when we purchased, and about 5hrs of waxing every Spring get ready. Some like to polish.....we prefer patina!!
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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I stripped my 31 Sovereign easily in one afternoon with Removall. With the 30 year old clear coat gone, it shone nicely right after that, and I merely clean it up and reseal it twice a year. It does not take too long as I am not at the mirror shine level. I use a liquid polish( either Tool Box Polish from Lowe;s or the Purple stuff off Ebay) , by hand, then seal it with my favorite coating, which is Liquid Glass.
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After removing my clearcoat, then compounding the parts that were oxidized, like up high.

I used Metalwax.com, great takes 1/4 the time of Nuvite, and you don't get filthy.
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Old 09-29-2007, 04:58 PM   #9
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In regards to the concerns about the annual investment of time, check out the photo below - taken last weekend. I polished my trailer one year ago, with only two spray-on wax jobs during that time for upkeep. So far my concern about upkeep has been unfounded. I had some of the same worries....
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:23 PM   #10
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Clearcoat Protection

I don't even have an A/S yet, but made the leap to buy a new tow vehicle in anticipation. As part of the purchase, I am having a clearcoat protection package ( a spray-on of some nature like Auto Armor). I had the Auto Armor on my previous vehicle and did not have to wax it for the five years I owned it and had it through a car wash daily.
Has anyone ever done or considered this treatment? I know it would be expensive, but would be worth it if it solved the clearcoat issues?
Also, have read a lot about corrosion. Don't know if this would help.
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