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Old 11-06-2007, 11:12 AM   #1
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I've been reading all the posts here in this section and actually have more questions . I see "Andy" replied that ALL Airstreams could be polished but do we need to research exactly what our outer"skin" is? I thought all airstreams were aluminum but is that incorrect?A few times I see "stainless" and "brushed stainless" mentioned. We are ready to remove the clearcoat and stripe on our 87 classic MH. Would like to use the advised "Bix" and spray off - do we need to determine if ours is made of aluminum or stainless before we attempt the suggestions? Will it damage the windows at all?
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Hello s.s.sloan -- Welcome to the Forums!

An Airstream shell is all aluminum. The end caps on an Argosy are one piece galvanized steel. The only common stainless parts are the segment protectors at the lower front corners -- they stand out about an inch from the trailer shell and keep road pebbles from impacting the body.

See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...ish-33035.html
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:21 AM   #3
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I've been reading all the posts here in this section and actually have more questions . I see "Andy" replied that ALL Airstreams could be polished but do we need to research exactly what our outer"skin" is? I thought all airstreams were aluminum but is that incorrect?A few times I see "stainless" and "brushed stainless" mentioned. We are ready to remove the clearcoat and stripe on our 87 classic MH. Would like to use the advised "Bix" and spray off - do we need to determine if ours is made of aluminum or stainless before we attempt the suggestions? Will it damage the windows at all?
All Airstream and Argosy trailer and motorhome shells are made with "aluminum."

They have never been made with stainless steel and never will, since it's too heavy.

The incorrect information, and myth, usually comes from someone "that thinks they know," but in reality, they don't.

All the coaches that Airstream have ever built, can be polished to a mirror finish.

The sole exception is the front and rear "caps" on Argosy trailers. They are galvanized.

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Old 11-06-2007, 11:28 AM   #4
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The confusion over stainless is possibly coming from the rock guards that are becoming very popular - they attach to the front lower corners of the trailer and typically are made from stainless.

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Wow! Thanks for the awesome and speedy replies! I'm excited to know that our efforts will not be in vain. I had a mental picture of my kitchen sink compared to the mirror finish some have posted. As long as it looks nice we'll be happy. We need to get the MH looking a little more presentable for the neighbors asap. It's a diamond in the rough right now...
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