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Old 06-17-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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First polish on a 2012

Our new AS is will be 6 months old soon and we need some advice on our first polish. What products and best application information can we get? We live in AZ where it's pretty hot in August, maybe we should wait.?
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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I washed mine and then coated it with NU-FiNISH. It looks great. It was like using paste wax. I don't know how it would work in the hot sun. It took me about three days and two cans of product. Wax on Wax off.

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Old 06-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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Hi, there are a lot of opinions on this subject and almost as many products too, but I will start this off by saying that my Airstream has never been polished/waxed.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:55 PM   #4
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Are you talking about waxing/protecting you trailer?
Airstream recommends Walbernize.
I use Collenite (a very basic high carnauba no cleaner included wax) on ours as I have a long history with the product. I waxed EVERYTHING the week we bought it! I'll wax it again a couple of times a year. Don't forget to do the roof and everything up there too...
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:02 PM   #5
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While at Alumapalooza I purchased some waterless cleaner/wax that Airstream sells and ran it over the trailer. I think they call it "No Wet". It is basically carnauba wax with some surfactants and a small amount of clay mixed in. It did an amazing job! I used it on the aluminum appliqué on the tailgate of my truck at the same time. The stuff is impressive!!!
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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Probably overkill but we did the following to our 2012:

Washed
Clayed
1 coat of Zaino Z-2
1 coat of Zaino CS

It didn't take as much time as I thought it would but then again my wife and 2 kids helped(as much as a 13 year old and 10 year old can). We washed and clayed on a Friday night and then waxed the next morning. If you do it this way then you should be fine, even in AZ.

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Old 06-18-2012, 02:41 AM   #7
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BAAMbi7, it's supposed to be 108-113 here this week. Personally, if your Airstream isn't stored in an air conditioned garage, I'd head up to Flagstaff or the White Mountains to do this; or wait until November.

By the way, congratulations on your new Bambi!
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Kool and cloudy will definitely make the job easier.

I use Griot's products, Paint Sealer, Detail Spray with Clay Bar, Spray Wax for touch-ups. Have yet to try their new Carnuba Wax.

A good place to start for washing....mop-on-a-stick. Have not been disappointed with any of their products.

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Old 06-18-2012, 06:50 AM   #9
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Wax your Airstream

JUST finished washing & polishing my 2011 Int'l. Used Liquid Glass as a polish because it really works well and is very easy to remove. I recommend it.

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My Opinion

There is no longer lasting, easier to use product than NuFinish

It has been around more than 30 years.
It comes in either paste or liquid formulas, each working the same. I buy it from WalMart for about $7 a container. It goes on easily with a damp applicator, wipes off (scratch free) with an old (100%) cotton diaper.

I bought my(21 year old) trailer used. The clearcoat is in great shape, but was NEVER waxed. Nufinish cut through all the gunk and left a super slick finish. The mfgr recomends 2 initial applications.

I have used NuFinish on several cars (my Ferrari, and Aston Martin being my babys) from new and all have stellar paint. I trust this stuff and am very loyal to the product as it has always given me very good results.

I second the opinions from above.... get out of the heat to do the job. It can wait until the season is over!

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There is no longer lasting, easier to use product than NuFinish

It has been around more than 30 years.
It comes in either paste or liquid formulas, each working the same. I buy it from WalMart for about $7 a container. It goes on easily with a damp applicator, wipes off (scratch free) with an old (100%) cotton diaper.

I bought my(21 year old) trailer used. The clearcoat is in great shape, but was NEVER waxed. Nufinish cut through all the gunk and left a super slick finish. The mfgr recomends 2 initial applications.

I have used NuFinish on several cars (my Ferrari, and Aston Martin being my babys) from new and all have stellar paint. I trust this stuff and am very loyal to the product as it has always given me very good results.

I second the opinions from above.... get out of the heat to do the job. It can wait until the season is over!

Have Fun!
Nice! Which one tows better, the Ferrari or the AM?
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #12
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Our new AS is will be 6 months old soon and we need some advice on our first polish. What products and best application information can we get? We live in AZ where it's pretty hot in August, maybe we should wait.?
Never wait. Here's my recommendation:

1. Hook up your Airstream
2. Drive to a nice shady, cool campsite. White Mountains in NH or coast of Maine come to mind, but maybe Albuquerque or Colorado is closer.
3. Open a folding chair
4. Open a cold beer and think about your polishing strategy
5. A good strategy is never accomplished on one cold beer. Repeat step 4
6. Wax the front left quadrant
7. Go back to step 4
8. Go back to step 2
9. Repeat as necessary until waxed. Multiple coats may be necessary.
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Sorry all, thanks so much for the great suggestions. Been traveling and not able to say thanks. With the hot weather here in AZ and the fact that the AS is outside, I'll definitely wait until fall or the weather gets cool -whichever comes first!
I had a note that Airstream recommends a coat of wax after 6 mos which prompted me to get ready for rub on-rub off.
I'm afraid the cold beer route would be the most fun but least productive.
Hope everyone is out on the roads having fun.
Thanks again!
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Nice thread..... we don't own a Airstream yet. Need to sell the vacation home in order to exchange some funds for a home on wheels. Anyone lusting for a vacation home in Sunriver OR????? Willing to negotiate

Here in Southern Oregon, it's been raining for days. I'll take it. Soon the 108 degree weather will mess with my California roots and I'll be turning up the air conditioners.

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Sorry all, thanks so much for the great suggestions. Been traveling and not able to say thanks. With the hot weather here in AZ and the fact that the AS is outside, I'll definitely wait until fall or the weather gets cool -whichever comes first!
I had a note that Airstream recommends a coat of wax after 6 mos which prompted me to get ready for rub on-rub off.
I'm afraid the cold beer route would be the most fun but least productive.
Hope everyone is out on the roads having fun.
Thanks again!
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