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Old 09-30-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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Mirror polish on 2003

I was surprised to see a mirror finish on this 2003 30' slideout. I think I did read that Inland Andy said all Airstreams can be polished but I haven't seen newer units with the thinner aluminum polished up this way. Could this be a viable fix for corrosion as well? Anyway this unit looks real good and is supposed to have a special end of summer price. It's in Oregon. Sure is pretty, but that's a long one to keep up that shine... I remember seeing Vic Smith's (?) 30' in Florida at the state rally one year but it was a vintage unit. Any comments as to the results and difficulty in trying to polish the later model Airstreams?

2003 Airstream 30' Classic w/Slide Out - Airstream Oregon Dealer
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:18 AM   #2
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Well people speculate about it, I guess that shows that any year can be polished. I hope mine looks that good when I get around to having it done (likely at 1st Impressions near Hanover PA).
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hi c' nice find...

r u shopping again?

don't forget a highly polished stream will need more liability insurance...

when fires happen or eggs r cooked ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...hing-6399.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tml#post621092

it's been repeated here many times (the polishing myth) but evidence sez otherwise...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...eam-22983.html

they can even be RE plastikoted after shining...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...tml#post178442

but note the $$ involved.

more shinny pix...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...tml#post666630

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...tml#post692536

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I wonder if the clear/plasti coat that P&S uses will hold up any better than the product used during the '90s by Airstream. I know from looking a threads over the years that they sure do a nice job.


I am thinking I would have ours stripped and polished with no 'clear coat" and then see how I feel about the upkeep, perhaps having it clear coated later. I really like the high shine of the non clear coated units. For me, I don't think I would mind putting forth effort a couple of times a year to pop it out with a Cyclo. I already buff our vehicles 2/3 times a year. On the other hand, I know that the local polish shop I mentioned earlier, 1st Impressions, offer annual "maintenance" plans for their polish jobs. Of course, P&S seem to be the "kings of the hill". I guess it is all in how much you want to fool with it and whether or not you want the "higher" shine of a naked trailer or the more muted finish (that still looks great) of the coated trailer.

To clarify my earlier post, that photo of the '03 is the first of the '00s I have seen polished. Seems like there was always speculation, but until now I had not seen a photo of one that was stripped. I have seen some of the '80s and '90s and new mine would turn out nicely.

BTW I think I passed a P&S van towing a vintage AS on I 70 near New Market, MD recently. I figured perhaps they were delivering a trailer to the port of Baltimore to be shipped overseas.
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