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Old 10-14-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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We want to get some exterior work done on our Ernestine (83' 310 classic)...satin finish and clearcoat redo. We are in Iowa and hope to find someone this side of the Rockies. Any suggestions? What is a fair price estimate? We plan to refurbish the windows ourselves (thanks Chaplain Kent!), but should we wait until the body work is done?

Dimples were cute on Shirley Temple, but Ernestine is sensitive about the remnants of a past hail storm. The dents are quite small. I know that aluminum stretches, but has anyone had luck with suction cup pullers on small dings? Would it be better to look for a business that specializes in hail repair?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:25 AM   #2
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I don't know about the polishing. I know it is pricy to have done. What I can tell you is that in the process of forming those beauty marks, the hail stretched the aluminum. That is forever, some may pop out but he metal is blimished and nothing short of melting it down and making new sheets of aluminum will get them out. Sorry to be the one to tell you. Just consider them beauty marks and go camping as much as you can is my advice.
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Old 10-14-2006, 01:50 PM   #3
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What the hail

Sorry to hear about your damage but the good news is the dimples will probably reduce the reynolds number, reduce the boundary layer and give you less aerodynamic drag which will increase your TV milage and endurance! But small dimples are hard to get out, you need to expose both sides of the damaged area and have a few special tools. My 86 needs the clear redone on the top also. I'm thinking of painting the top center section white. the sides are still in good shape. Good luck
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Try: http://www.pandstrailerservice.com/

Is Ohio on your side of the Rockies? This place is not too far from Jackson center.
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:14 PM   #5
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Greetings Auretrvr!

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We want to get some exterior work done on our Ernestine (83' 310 classic)...satin finish and clearcoat redo. We are in Iowa and hope to find someone this side of the Rockies. Any suggestions? What is a fair price estimate? We plan to refurbish the windows ourselves (thanks Chaplain Kent!), but should we wait until the body work is done?

Thanks for your help!
I can second ABRACADABRA's suggestion of P & S Trailer Service in Helena, OH. They have specialized in polishing and Plasticoating Airstreams for several decades. They are also known for their ability to repair the skin to OEM quality.

It has been nearly five years since P & S refinished my '64 Overlander including Plasticoating. I continue to be thrilled with the results -- maintenance has been twice yearly Walbernizining, and the exterior still looks as it did the day that I towed the coach home from Helena. The Ruth's seem to be able to accommodate their customer's desires from a mirror polish to a satin polish job that replicates the original factory finish -- I asked for a finish as close to the original '64 sheen as possible, and that is exactly what I received -- shiny, but not quite the mirror that many like -- my goal was to return the coach to the way that I remembered it from 1964. I have attached a photo of the coach following its polish & Plasticoat:



Good luck with your refurbishing!

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If you are looking at mainly polishing, you can't go wrong with Dave (AirstreamCaravel).

I've seen his work first hand and he does a phenominal job:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ght=shine+king
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