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Old 12-10-2006, 09:39 AM   #1
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How do you wash your AS?

My new 77/31 needs a bath. What is the best way to thoroughly clean the outside without damage? The clear coat is not in great shape. I am not ready to strip and polish but would like to get rid of some oxidation and the black streaks from areas like around the awning mounts. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Phil
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:50 AM   #2
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soft brush long pole

I just use water and a soft brush. On the tough to clean areas, I use a mild mix of dish washing detergent and water.
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PHIL,try turtle zip wax wash i use it with great success------
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:27 PM   #4
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:55 PM   #5
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Hello Phil ,
any good car wash will work just fine. don't use dish washing soap, it's too alkiline and will bother the finish on both car and trailer..
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:11 PM   #6
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I use a car wash for clear coat, sometimes I use the dish wash stuff. I did buy a great soft brush from an auto store then I came up with a gizmo I used our paint extension and some duck tape and attached the brush, works great. After I'm finished I always come back with liquid glass (auto zone) works great better then wax.
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Old 12-11-2006, 12:59 AM   #7
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I first thoroughly rinse our Tradewind then wash with auto wash and auto brush on an extention pole. Then rinse again. Never in direct sun and usually in the evening. Just as you would wash your fine tow vehicle.
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Washing AS

Good morning Phil-

I ussually get my 13 old daughter to wash the Airstream. She wants one of her own when she turns sixteen so my advise to her is that it is a big responsiblity and lots of hard work so you better start practicing. We actually use a two hose system; hose one has a spray gun with soup container built in. You can switch from spraying with soap or not, the other hose is connected to a long adjustable handle with a water control and a big cleaning brush. Soap up the AS with the soap gun, scrub with the brush, add the water flow to the brush, then rinse with the soap gun but soap off. Works really great and we always get s spotless dry. Once completely dry, Wally Wax!
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:46 AM   #9
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I would recommend that you use a soft material and, when you wash it..Always wash the aluminum in the same direction. I wouldn't use the circular motion as this could leave visible swirl markings. As you travel, you're gonna collect bugs splatters on the front of your unit. I would rinse this (as often as you can) with just warm water and wipe to keep it clean.
Oxidation, while not pretty, is best left alone until you're ready to tackle it. It's been my experiences that, one you start "messing" with it..you'll end up polishing..lmao..
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I would recommend that you use a soft material and, when you wash it..Always wash the aluminum in the same direction. 53FC
Yes, use the "wax on, wax off method", especially around the edges of the thin spots of the clear coat.
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Very funny David...!!---Hay Rick whats "Wally Wax" somthing from Wall-Mart?
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Using kitchen dishwash soap strips the wax and clearcoat off. If you've had a car or truck for some time and using dishwashing soap to wish it, you've noticed the dullness that the paint becomes. That's because you took off the clearcoat and shine(wax). Same with clearcoast on trailers. Use a carwash soap like Turtlewax or Blue diamond (any of those that are gentle and won't remove the clear coast. It also protects the vehicle from the sun's rays.
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Very funny David...!!---Hay Rick whats "Wally Wax" somthing from Wall-Mart?
I never go to Wal*Mart!

I just couldn't spell it right!
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