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Old 04-02-2012, 02:24 PM   #85
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I have been working on my '99 Safari. Using a Dewalt 849 with the VTS pads, F7 and F9 when needed. Then following up with a Cyclo and Terry cloth pads using C and then with the Jersey wraps with S. Turning out pretty good, not Alclad but still looks nice. This pic is from a while ago. I am now working on the curb side.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #86
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I have been working on my '99 Safari. Using a Dewalt 849 with the VTS pads, F7 and F9 when needed. Then following up with a Cyclo and Terry cloth pads using C and then with the Jersey wraps with S. Turning out pretty good, not Alclad but still looks nice. This pic is from a while ago. I am now working on the curb side.
You don't need Alclad when it looks that good! Wow: that is beautiful!

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:19 PM   #87
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The only issue is will it corrode faster because it is not Alclad? The main reason for Alclad was to reduce corrosion. This was a common practice on aircraft to help reduce corrosion because the highly tempered alloy underneath is much more susceptible to corrosion. Alclad is easier to polish because it is softer.

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #88
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Perry, yes I think you are right. It is a commitment when you decide to polish any AS trailer, more so if it is non-Alclad. That said, I started my last Sept. and the parts that I stripped and polished earlier still look fine. Plus the clear coat peels off anyway and the trailer will corrode (mine had started on the upper areas) if you don't get it stripped and re-coated (or try to spot coat it). So I will, just like the Alclad folks, buff mine out once or twice a year for a spruce up.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:57 PM   #89
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I have been working on my '99 Safari. Using a Dewalt 849 with the VTS pads, F7 and F9 when needed. Then following up with a Cyclo and Terry cloth pads using C and then with the Jersey wraps with S. Turning out pretty good, not Alclad but still looks nice. This pic is from a while ago. I am now working on the curb side.
It looks much more gooder!
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:49 PM   #90
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It looks much more gooder!
Gee, that's one of the extra benefits of the Forums: grammar lessons!

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:39 PM   #91
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Really looks fantastic - I would say that you are committed once it is polished to such a gem like shine!
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #92
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So, the neighbor decided to upgrade his sprinklers and pump motor. I now have about 3 days worth of hard water stains down the entire street side.
I am beyond mad... If you are not familiar with the coastal ga/florida water it leaves nasty calcium deposits that are almost impossible to remove. I wash my airstream at night just to avoid these kinds of hard water spots.
It looks like I will be pulling out the rotary polisher and G6 then the Cyclo and S to repolish the streetside. There goes the weekend. ...and yes all 34' of it. Fantastic!
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:04 AM   #93
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I would make him clean it, But that wont go over very well. I see that you live in Brunswick,Ga. DO you go to any rallys around here trying to find other AS owners to go camping with in local area.Still working on mine got one more leak in the front by wing window.Then me and my wife put down the flooring then we go camping .
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I would make him clean it, But that wont go over very well. I see that you live in Brunswick,Ga. DO you go to any rallys around here trying to find other AS owners to go camping with in local area.Still working on mine got one more leak in the front by wing window.Then me and my wife put down the flooring then we go camping .
I have been to 1 rally this spring with the local WBCCI Unit, but other than that I dont really see many Airstreams around here.
I am always looking for an excuse to get my Airstream out! there are some good places in the area I have found. We can to a "mini" rally...two counts, right?
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:49 AM   #95
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I have been to 1 rally this spring with the local WBCCI Unit, but other than that I dont really see many Airstreams around here.
I am always looking for an excuse to get my Airstream out! there are some good places in the area I have found. We can to a "mini" rally...two counts, right?
You don't need a 'gaggle' of Airstreams to have a successful rally. My wife and I participated in a cararally a few years ago. It was first to have 8 or so Airstreams in attendance for a northern Ca. travel to Lassen NP and then to Lava Beds NP. Forrest fires prohibited a couple of those to attend as they were fire fighters. 5 Airstreams met at a campground near Lassen for a few days for camping and day trips. The campfires in the evening were very cordial and we 'remapped' the route to Lava Beds to avoid a fire between the parks. Lava Beds is a remote NP in northeastern Ca. We 'caravaned' the 4 to 5 hour journey there from Lassen and camped at an 'off the beaten path' RV park on the edge ove Lava beds. Lynn and I knew a couple of the participants but became fast friends with all. So in contrast to attending rallies of 30 - 40 Airstreams just a few makes for easy forming of new friends and closer old friends.

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I have been to 1 rally this spring with the local WBCCI Unit, but other than that I dont really see many Airstreams around here.
I am always looking for an excuse to get my Airstream out! there are some good places in the area I have found. We can to a "mini" rally...two counts, right?
We do a mini-mini rally with just two young families (one A/S, one Argosy) every Memorial weekend in the Targhee Natl Forest. Last year we had rain and snow, but our 34' is big enough for all of us to gather in so it works just fine! We're looking forward to Memorial weekend this year, hoping the weather is a little better, but if it isn't, so what! The important thing is to be CAMPING with like-trailered folks! And of course the upside of camping in bad weather is that we had the campground to ourselves: lovely.

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:13 PM   #97
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I just returned from another great weekend trip! The polish job has held up surprisingly well. A slight haze developed since my initial Polish in January. I touched it up with the cyclo/nuvite S last weekend. It took about 12 hours to do the whole head to toe.
Unfortunately i have to store the AS outside and less then a mile from the ocean. I am pleased with the way the polish has held up!

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Old 07-31-2012, 02:43 PM   #98
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Thank you for keeping us updated the status of your polish work and your maintenance.
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