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Old 06-01-2016, 04:26 PM   #1
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Fine Scratches

Today I washed our AS for the first time. When wiping it I noticed fine scratches all over the trailer. They are not visible when about 6 feet away, just when you get close. I used a fine brush attached to an aluminum handle. Could I have made these fine scratches with such a brush?

I bought the AS used last summer and never looked at it as close as I did today. Perhaps the fine scratches were already there.

My questions are: Just how tough is the clear coat? Or does one have to be extra careful? Is using a brush the typical?

The scratches are not a major issue but I certainly don't want to contribute to it being an issue!

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Old 06-01-2016, 05:47 PM   #2
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It's possible the brush caused the scratches. What is it made out of?

I wash my AS by hand with a sponge covered with microfiber cloth, the same way I wash our cars and truck.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:12 PM   #3
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It's possible the brush caused the scratches. What is it made out of?

I wash my AS by hand with a sponge covered with microfiber cloth, the same way I wash our cars and truck.
It's a brush similar to this (https://www.amazon.com/Camco-43633-B...words=RV+brush).

Is using a cloth/sponge/microfiber cloth the way most wash their AS?
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:32 PM   #4
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I would not use a brush of any kind on my Airstream or any of my vehicles.Microfiber towels are cheap and when combined with a good automobile liquid soap the results will be much better.


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Old 06-19-2016, 12:53 PM   #5
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It's a brush similar to this (https://www.amazon.com/Camco-43633-B...words=RV+brush).

Is using a cloth/sponge/microfiber cloth the way most wash their AS?
Does anyone use a brush like this to wash their AS? It's supposedly designed for RV's.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:19 PM   #6
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I would not use this on my Airstream.As posted above


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I use this on my 72 Overlander with no scratching.


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I use a brush with extendable handle, works good , haven't noticed any scratches, just use clean water...
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I used that Camco .....once many years ago, never again, lesson learned.

In the 12yrs since this has never scratched the AS

Their wash soap is sooper slick also.

I've used Griot's stuff for years, with excellent results.

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I, too, use Griot's products for my cars and my Airstream. In terms of a brush. Yes, I do use one. It is boar bristle. Google and you can learn about its properties. The major caution is to keep "stuff" out of whatever you use to wash with -- be it synthetic, lambs wool, or whatever. As soon as you get a bit of abrasive material in it, you'll have scratches. My wash bucket has a "deck" inside to allow abrasive material to fall to the bottom. Using plenty of water and high quality wash product makes a big difference. Having said that, clear coated aluminum is still soft and will easily scratch. My Airstream is beautiful to look at (to me), scratches and all.
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I had bought and used the "soft" RV brush for my 2015 International. I noticed too late that it was leaving fine scratches in the 3M coating. Thankfully, I had been using the brush with horizontal strokes along the length of the trailer.
If you use a brush you need to understand the direction of the "grain" of the aluminum. To minimize the appearance of scratches, brush with the grain.
On my new 2016, I'm using the brush and pole on the roof only. Now using the sponge and microfiber mitt method for absolutely no scratches. Don't drop the mitt!
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