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Old 12-11-2006, 03:47 PM   #15
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I rarely have time to hand wash anything anymore so my wife usually takes the cars/trucks to the local car wash for a vacuum and wash. I am always afraid of what they use in the equipment that washes them as they go through the tunnel. Sometimes she has them apply their "hot wax" and sometimes not. I don't like the idea of hotwax applied to the windshield, but I also don't like the idea of the wax being stripped off. Is it really safe to use these automatic car wash places. They always hand dry after but I can just imagine what they use in the soap and rinse water.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:00 PM   #16
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I have the wonderful "painted" Airstream, otherwise known as an Argosy, so perhaps I am not an expert on washing clear coated trailers. However, I got my information about washing from Balgrn, the Airstream King, and he suggested I use Marine Clean from Por 15 and then rinse it good. It certainly makes this Argosy look great when nothing else does. When it get stains from the trees, they will only come off with the Marine Clean. I use it inside too for that sticky stuff on the ceilings and walls. You do have to rinse it but nothing else works as well.
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:06 PM   #17
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I have the wonderful "painted" Airstream, otherwise known as an Argosy
Any judging by the pics I see of it, works well on yer Argosy...very clean and nice lookin' unit!
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #18
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I use Meguire's Wash/Wax, and a soft-bristled brush. No clear coat to worry about, and it makes the parts I haven't buffed look less dull.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:29 PM   #19
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Actually after a week on the road I often slide through the local tractor-trailer hand wash spot. $30 takes care of it and the boys get a $5 tip.
SC does not allow acid so there's no problems. AS mine is painted it's also a little lower in maint. too.
What I do have is more windows than most of you. So I have my very own telescopic squeegee that I use to clean the windows after the wash.
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:04 PM   #20
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Hey, we don't have any of those fancy drive thru washes for AS here. Wouldn't that be something? A full service RV wash, imagine how long the line would be with all the big rigs and the hour just to vacuum.
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:50 PM   #21
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hey Rick & Sandi, there's a Blue Beacon down at I-95 in Milford at exit 40. Just make sure they don't use acid. I've used them while on the road. They're always curious when something other than an eighteen wheeler comes through. Just brief them ahead about low presure and watching the window direction if you have sliders. Often on the road I tip ahead.
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:49 PM   #22
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:10 AM   #23
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hey Rick & Sandi, there's a Blue Beacon down at I-95 in Milford at exit 40. Just make sure they don't use acid. I've used them while on the road. They're always curious when something other than an eighteen wheeler comes through. Just brief them ahead about low presure and watching the window direction if you have sliders. Often on the road I tip ahead.
I found a Blue Beacon not too far from me. It sure looks like a convenient way to get a quick and thorough cleaning for the Airstream. Anyone else have experience with Blue Beacon? I noted the warning by Glen to avoid their citric (acid) aluminium cleaner they advertise on their webpage, as well as asking for a low-pressure rinse. Too risky to use a commericial drive through like this? Or is this a safe place for an Airstream cleaning? I plan on at least taking a drive over today to see what their operation looks like.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:37 AM   #24
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:50 AM   #25
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We had a beautiful mid-70's weekend this past weekend so I gave our Airstream its first end of season wash in prep for the Florida Can Opener Rally in a couple of weeks. I used a soft bristle brush on an extension arm made for washing cars/trucks and Zip Wash for automobiles that I had in my tool shed. After washing the curb side I moved to the street side that was in direct sun. It looked like I might be getting swirl marks from the brush. I haven't had chance to go back now that it has dried and do a double check. (It is dark before I get home every day.)
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:09 PM   #26
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:40 PM   #27
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Dennis, go in and talk to them. They will tell you if you're going to find what you need. What you need is low pressure, non-acid, brush cleaning and then a low pressure rinse.... and you get the TV cleaned too.
Also ask them what the best time to show up is. They have crunch times just like any other business... don't go then.
When you get there for the wash talk to the guys before they start. Tell them your concerns, they've cleaned a few RV's before yours.... and likely an Airstream or two. Slip the guys a fin ($5) before they start.
Let us know how you make out.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:07 PM   #28
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I just got an electric pressure washer for cleaning the moss off of my brick patio and found it works great on the Airstream too. Get the bugs off easily and also got the moss out of the tight spots along the trim. The pressure isn't as strong as a commercial sprayer so I feel good about it. I still have to use a soapy soft rag on it. And I ditto the suggestion to wipe in the direction of the "grain" of the aluminum. Are soft brushes really soft enough to use? Jamie
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