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Old 03-21-2014, 09:32 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by 50KIP View Post
A warning about "mirror" finishes: My neighbor boondocking at Quartzsite, AZ, had a 28' AS that he had polished to a mirror finish. The sun's reflection off the trailer created burn holes in the ground cloth next to the trailer; a real fire hazard.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:47 PM   #16
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I can understand the glare off an shiny trailer being an issue. I'd just like to get rid of the milky/crazed finish. If it gets a mill finish, more matte, I'm fine with that. We also have some weird spots where shrubs rubbed against the roof while the trailer lived in our backyard in Oakland. I figger I can strip the coating and then at some later point in time, buy a buffer and dive into it.

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Old 03-22-2014, 09:09 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by beckybillrae View Post
None of the Airstreams have ever been anodized. Avion had them, along with several other defunct aluminum trailer manufacturers, but not Airstreams. A satin finish is what a 1974 trailer has. If the clear coat is shot (peeling, or wearing through), you will still have a satin finish if/when you remove the clear coat. A mirror finish was never manufactured at the factory, but accomplished by people who have done it themselves, or had a professional service do it. It's a long, tedious process that can be accomplished, with the right tools, by anyone determined enough to do it! Hope that answers your question.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:44 AM   #18
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I love the look of the polished ones but is it possible to repair just the failing clear coat with out having to strip the complete in my case coach. Mine is failing on the roof and end caps and about 6 inches below the awning.

The sides are in good shape, I cleaned the oxidation on the sides with plastic headlight polish and a buffer and they are fine. I would like to the failing clear coat but not quite sure how to do it with out making it look worse.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:49 AM   #19
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I've wondered about that, trying to repair a failing finish on a lot of things. I think with a plastic finish, it's probably impossible to do. If you go over it again, it'll look weird and lumpy. You can't really re-liquify it to smooth it out (always my concept, I think it works with varnishes and oils on wood). Maybe contacting one of the professional Airstream restorers to see what they'd do?

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