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Old 11-18-2012, 02:27 PM   #15
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Thousand. M = 1,000 in the print world, too.

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:31 PM   #16
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Wow, I could see how this could be a bit disconcerting.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #17
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I've been quoted $5K for mirror and $7100 for clear coat for a 31 foot coach. This does not include any repairs that may need to be done, but does include the removal and replacement of awnings, and taping of the coach.

based on 200 hours required by a novice, it would take me probably 50 hours to figure it out. On top of staging, tools, materials and then the stripping and polish, this in itself can run $500-$800 dollars.

Knowing that it would be done by professional, and last another 10 years if not more depending on what exposure the Airstream gets, the $5-7K sounds like a good deal.

Now, saying all that, I continue to assess to see what I could do for upgrades with that amount as do I really want to be that shiny object on the road, or a not so shiny, but having the latest upgrades in comforts within my shell.

We'll eventually get there. I've seen 72's like ours and they look great as they have been refinished. But I must admit, I love the new axles, ultra leather, new bath and soon to be new galley that for the $7K has paid off. A set of new rock panels up front and on the front windows and a refreshed set of awnings, can take away the eye sore of a few areas on panels that are well seasoned with bad clear coat after 40+ years on the road. That in itself, is a story.

Even a set of "Big Red Numbers" as a WBCCI member, make the coach look fresh.

My hat is off to those folks that take the time and effort to get this done, as they do it right and enjoy doing it. For those that pay the price, as it really is a good deal, I'm saving my pennies.

To me to have it done professionally the price would be worth it, to me (IMHO). There are a few folks still in business that help keep the legacy of Airstream alive.
They will get my business down the road. I don't want to spend this type of money yet as we do leave the Airstream at times for months down on the coast, about 1 mile from the shore, so the salt water exposure would be a waste of money.
But two years from now, we'll get it done over the winter.

Great options out there with folks that have been doing this for years and an get it done in about 10 days, right.

Check around, give them a call as they are more than willing to give you a quote and work with you on a timeline. They are busy, so that should be a good indicator.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #18
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Ditto splitrock's comments above. I spent about $8-900 on equipment bonnetts, nuvite, etc. it took about 2 months of weekends to get it done. Not difficult, it just takes time and patience.
I could also see the advantage of paying someone else to do it too. I am thinking my 34 would be expensive.....
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:03 PM   #19
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Greetings rrbyrd!

Originally Posted by rrbyrd View Post
Hi, I need to clean/polish my 75 Land Yacht. I know there are several post out there, it's just really hard deciding what will work for me. These are pictures...of course I would love a mirror image shine, but, I am turning this Airstream into a commercial kitchen, & just need it looking good, as quickly as possible. I do not have proper buffing tools. I do not want to mess it up before I can go through the rigorous process of stripping & polishing eventually. For now, I need to clean/polish what do you suggest? What do I use & where can I get it?
The photos reveal that you have Plasticoat failure in several places and there are no easy methods of dealing with failing Plasticoat other than stripping, polish, and optionally new Platicoating. It is, however, possible to make you coach look much better with a thorough cleaning and application of Walbernize. Walbernize is the traditional product recommended by Airstream when our coaches were new. This product is friendly to the remaining solid Plasticoat and will do no further harm to the Plasticoat that is failing. I have utilized Walbernize on my Overlander since its purchase in 1995; and have continued the twice annual ritual of Walbernizing since having the exterior finish restored by P and S Trailer Service in Helena, OH.

When I was dealing with an original surface similar to yours in 1995, I utilized the following products:The above provided good results for me and allowed me time to save for the professional exterior restoration at P and S Trailer Service. My Overlander had some damaged areas that required extra work so the cost for the complete exterior restoration was about $260 per lineal foot in 2003 (that included polish to the original lustre with new Plasticoat) . . . following the Walbernize reoutine has resulted in a Plasticoat finish that is still in very good condition today with only minor chalking on the endcaps.

Good luck with your project!


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