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Old 01-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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I am looking to get our 29 foot 1989 Excella stripped and polished, but I don't have time to do it myself! I have also been told that we really need someone who can apply a new layer of clearcoat after stripping and polishing, because without it, our trailer will oxidize very quickly and need to be repolished in just a few years. We are prepared to go just about anywhere in the country for a good price, so I am really looking for both quality work and the best quote. At one point, I had found a place online that does polishing in TX, I think it was Corpus Christi, that had a GREAT price. And they would allow us to continue to live in our Airstream as they worked, because we are full timers. And of course, now I don't find them again! If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or have used a company that you love, I would be most grateful for the referral. Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Be careful Ramona. There are some bogus "companies" out there...here in Texas.
For what you describe look into this fellow. Has a GREAT reputation. A: Yes. The pure aluminum alclading ... Richard McIntyre in Oregon 888-912-9572 ...
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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Affordable and Airstream in the same post? Now you've done it. Someone posted a few days ago about truck polishing services pretty cheap. something like 1500.00 to 'get it presentable'. Most likely you will have to do finish work yourself clean the rivets etc but that saves a ton of the really dirty work
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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Affordable? Hmmmm. I can tell you after stripping and polishing my 1999 Safari that it is very labor intensive, so I wouldn't expect to find it too cheap, especially if you want it re-clear coated (which you don't have to do, if you are willing to give it a "touch up" every year or two). Anyway, if you want it done right, here is a place to starte P&S in Ohio...... They have been doing it for a long time, have a good rep and can do the whole job: strip, polish, recoat. Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:11 AM   #5
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I am looking to get our 29 foot 1989 Excella stripped and polished, but I don't have time to do it myself! I have also been told that we really need someone who can apply a new layer of clearcoat after stripping and polishing, because without it, our trailer will oxidize very quickly and need to be repolished in just a few years. We are prepared to go just about anywhere in the country for a good price, so I am really looking for both quality work and the best quote. At one point, I had found a place online that does polishing in TX, I think it was Corpus Christi, that had a GREAT price. And they would allow us to continue to live in our Airstream as they worked, because we are full timers. And of course, now I don't find them again! If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or have used a company that you love, I would be most grateful for the referral. Thanks!
There are a lot of options available for just strip and polish but very few to strip-polish and apply new clear coat. To go the full route you would have to define what you consider "affordable". I decided at the beginning of last year that I wanted to have my 1976 31' Sovereign stripped, polished and new clear coat applied and found only a couple of places that could or would actually do this. They are P&S in Ohio and Oasis RV in Tucson AZ. I am sure there are others but I could not locate them. I decided on Oasis RV to do the job and the thread below covers this project from beginning to completion. I have been very happy with the results.

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:10 AM   #6
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Yes, I know that "affordable" is a relative term. I wouldnít even begin to think that someone could do it for $15OO Ė but I thought I had found a place that did the whole shebang for around $4OOO, and now I cant even find them to see if they were legit. I guess thatís a sign that they werenít! P&S quoted me about $77OO, which seemed quite high. I got another quote from MEL Trailers for $65OO, another from Airstreams4Rent in Phoenix for $66OO. I just want to make sure we consider all the otions and find the best one before committing. Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #7
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As I am sure you have noticed, clear coating after polishing it, really drives up the price. I wonder if it is worth it, as I would think it would just start to peel again in a few years. Might be less expensive to polish it, not clear coat, and then pay to have the polish job "popped out" every year or two (that job being less expensive that the original strip and full polish). If you don't mind/and are capable of a bit of work, you could do the maintenance polishing yourself using a Cyclo. It's not nearly as arduous as doing the initial polishing. Just a reminder that sometimes what seems to be a good deal, may not turn out that way. It's a LOT of work to strip and polish a trailer and I would think that clear coating it is very time consuming too, tantamount to painting it. Think of how much it would cost to have your car completely painted and then look at the size of your trailer in comparison.

BTW, just as a note to folks that might be reading this thread, I talked to P&S about clear coating my trailer after I stripped and polished it. They said that they would have to "re-polish" it before they clear coated it and would charge the normal "full" polish price, plus of course the cost of clear coating. I guess they don't want to clear coat a trailer that they didn't polish, as it could reflect (no pun intended) on their craftsmanship if they clear coated a trailer that had a mediocre polishing job on it. Anyway, I don't want to "dull" the finish with a clear coat anyway, I like mine nice and shiny ;-). To each their own though....
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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Actually, in one of the quotes I got, the clear coating is only $5OO of the cost. The biggest amount is the actual polishing. I have been told that without the clear coat, I can expect things to oxidize a LOT faster...if anyone knows anything about how long the clear coat lasts before having to redo it all vs. how soon you have to re-polish without the clear coat, I would love to hear about your experiences! And honestly, we run two businesses on the road and I know how we are with big maintenance projects. I know we will not be doing any touch up polishing ourselves!
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I just called P&S and was given a price of around $8,000 to strip and clear coat our '79 Sov. This seems very high, but if that's the going rate, what other options are there?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:20 PM   #10
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As for the un-clear coated finish oxidizing, I think a lot of that depends on where you live. If you are close to the ocean, it will happen more quickly, inland, generally less so. I started to strip and polish mine about 18 months ago. The earlier parts have not begun (at least not noticeably) to oxidize at this time. I figure it will need a going over every couple of years, more if I really want it to pop out (just like waxing a car, it may not need it, but even if you do it frequently, it's going to keep it looking it's best).

AIRmason, of course you can shop around, or you can DIY. It's not really tricky to do, tons of folks have done it, but it does take some grunt work (hefting the polishers etc) and a good bit of time (I think consensus is about 80 hours on the average size trailer....that's about what I have in mine....I am still "fine tuning" of of the swirl marks out, but all it all it looks great). Tons of threads on here about doing that, as you might imagine. Bear in mind that once you start, there is no going back....

Bear in mind that there are a number of truck body polishers around, some of those guys will do Airstreams, just make sure they are careful and understand what process they use etc. There is a firm around here that does trucks and Airstreams, but someone I know, that runs a AS renovation firm stopped using them as they put a dent in one of his trailers but denied doing it etc. Too bad, as they did nice polishing work at a very reasonable price. Airstreams are a lot more fragile than a dump truck body etc. However, some of them likely can do a perfectly fine job, perhaps at a lower cost than the AS specialists. But I doubt if many will do the clear coat.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:39 PM   #11
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What did u decide to do?
I am interested in getting shine and will pay. I live in Okc, ok
I have contacted a local airport to see if there are any seasoned in repair of aluminum skins.
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wow Ric to bad you don't live in San Diego might be willing to help you out how much are you willing to pay,
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #13
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What did u decide to do?
I am interested in getting shine and will pay. I live in Okc, ok
I have contacted a local airport to see if there are any seasoned in repair of aluminum skins.
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Hi Sooner67, did you find anything about a polish? We live in Joplin, MO and thought we had a guy in Tulsa who would do this for us, but he has since stopped this service.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:34 PM   #14
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Are you going for a mirror finish or are you just trying to get rid if your airstream-pattern baldness and get it back to what it looked like coming out of the factory? That's what we did to our 89 Excella 29, you can easily do it yourself if you are looking for a "straight from Jackson Center" look as opposed to a mirror shine.
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