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Old 01-28-2012, 07:58 AM   #43
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So how hard is this finish to maintain? I am thinking this is rather maintenance intensive.

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Old 01-28-2012, 08:27 AM   #44
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The most difficult and time consuming part of the process is the first cut. After that, the subsequent passes with the C and S are more like waxing the car. So I am thinking that with a routine touchup it shouldnt be too bad. I would think it all depends on your washing/cleaning routine.
I wash my airstream every 2-3 weeks anyway. I plan to touch up as needed. I will certainly post with what I find along the way.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #45
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According to this site ( Unique Qualities of the Airstream Trailer | Used Airstream Trailers ) the switch was in 82. I cant verify this, however it must be true because it is on the internet ...haha.
So does that mean that my '86 will not polish out at all or that it just won't achieve a mirror polish or what?

The "clear" coat on it is not only coming off, on the upper curves of the roof above the awning rails on both sides it has turned a moldy-looking orange color in long, spotty areas, so we have to do something with it.

I doubt if it really IS mold because the trailer has lived most of its life in high-and-dry southeastern Idaho, and the orangey stuff doesn't wash/scrub off.

If someone has answers, please let me know.

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The most difficult and time consuming part of the process is the first cut. After that, the subsequent passes with the C and S are more like waxing the car. So I am thinking that with a routine touchup it shouldnt be too bad. I would think it all depends on your washing/cleaning routine.
I wash my airstream every 2-3 weeks anyway. I plan to touch up as needed. I will certainly post with what I find along the way.
One polished to whatever desired level, does storing the trailer indoors help keep the polish with less maintenance?

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Old 01-28-2012, 01:30 PM   #47
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(my disclaimer is that I am by no means an expert at polishing... just learning from experience, observation and research)
From what I understand, the newer airstreams will not polish to the "absolute crisp" reflection that the older ones will. The pictures I have posted are 99% F7 nuvite only. The difference in the old finish and new is dramatic. The few test areas I have used the Nuvite C on achieve a sharper/ clearer reflection. I would imagine that the difference in polished new/old aluminum types may only be evident if you have the new and old side-by-side.
Storing indoors would be ideal and would prolong the polished finish I am sure. I am less than 1 mile from the ocean and store outdoors. Not the most ideal conditions.
As to the Orangey stuff... try hitting a small area with stripper; that may do the trick if you were planning to strip anyway. I was contemplating stripping the clearcoat only and not polishing, however the PO marked up the aluminum with a pressure washer and something else that had to be polished out. That made my decision to polish much easier.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:04 PM   #48
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I expect it will be a while before I get around to polishing mine. I have at least another $2000 to get all the mechnical and structural stuff done.

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Old 01-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #49
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I stared at the faded clearcoat on mine for three years before I got to the polishing part. There were much more important things to fix first.
The PO painted clouds on the ceiling! that was exciting. There are no more clouds. LOL!
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:59 PM   #50
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C LEWIS 77,

Now your polish job is perfection, I wish my 30' would look that good but I I think the skins are just too thin to look that good.

A note on the swichover years you talked about: is 1999 was the conversion year to use pre-coated panels from Alkoa, early units of that year had the old clear coat applied.

I know my old 1999 did have the pre-coated pannels and there was no known way to strip those & subiquent years. Do you know anything about that? JB
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I probably won't polish till I get a pole barn built to store it under. If I have the money I will put in a concrete floor and walls. There are a lot of things that go south from being outside. The goal is when I get everything fixed I can put it inside where it will stay fixed. How is the polish about showing off boo boos?

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J&C: Not sure about the pre-coated panels. From what I have read, it is the alloy that is used in the cladding that changed. It is my understanding that the older Airstreams used a material that higher aluminum content in the outer cladding that is more conducive to polishing.

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There are slight indentations at all of the rivets that really show when polished. Because of this, the minor Boo boo's seem to "blend in" depending on location.
The pole barn sounds like a fantastic idea!
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Your trailer really does look dazzling. Folks might need sunglasses until the sun goes down!
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It glows in the moonlight too
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C_Lewis77,

Thank you very much for your reply. If I can get my '86 Ltd anywhere near the polished beauty of yours I'll be thrilled to pieces!

Thanks again!

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So I have finished the first pass with the nuvite F7 and F9 (in a few bad spots). I applied nuvite C to the curb side today. It is looking good and I am pleased with the progress so far.


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