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Old 11-24-2008, 06:31 PM   #43
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Looks great - now you I can't wait for spring - I want to get the swirls out of mine - going to buy me a cyclo - - - - got my belly pan finished this weekend - looks great...

Think I'll go lie underneath my trailer for a while and just gaze at my nice new aluminum. :-)

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:30 PM   #44
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Kinda like painting my boat

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When I look at mine, I am glad I put the work into the polishing that I did. Come next spring it is going to need a lot of work again and I might not be so psyched about it. I have to say though even a trailer as poorly polished as mine sure does look neat. Cant blame anyone who doesn't want to polish though.
10 years ago I used to own a few boats on the Chesapeake Bay. Each spring we had the boat pulled from the water and scraped, sanded and painted the bottom. This was some work indeed.

Now that I have my 1990 Excella, I'm just fine with how she looks. An occassional wash and wax job shines her up just fine, even though the clearcoat is beginning to fail. It never fails....every time we take her out, we are always asked for a tour by a person who's always wanted an AS.

It's not so much the looks on the outside, but who we are that attract other people. I'd say the same is true of our Airstreams.


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Old 01-23-2009, 09:45 PM   #45
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Why we polish? Why Not?

Ego, not really.

To clean off the peeling clear coat and remove the oxidation,

I'm going to do my 67 this Spring. I sort of dread it.

But the results will be worth it.

I want to see all the dull oxidized 50's and early 60's polished.
That would be coool.

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Besides, it adds value to the unit.

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Old 01-24-2009, 04:41 AM   #46
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Great thread.... I like the patina. Think it looks 10 times better than polished. I always regret the need to polish. I polished mine due to repairs. I now love the polished look and am a slave to it. I bought Jesters kit this week and am very anxious to go at it. I wish my trailer could have stayed patina though.

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Old 01-24-2009, 05:13 AM   #47
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Polishing does become addictive. Six of us ganged up at a rally and polished a unit members 55 bubble. She, the owner, was thrilled.
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The roof too. the roof is just as significant as the rest. You don't just brush the ten teeth you see do you?
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:32 AM   #48
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Thumbs up Yep~

Did Ol' Wally give a flip about seeing his reflection in any of his?
Excellent point~!! As We all have seen recently, Wally apparently was in favor of painting his personal Airstreams white or, as it was in one case, the anodized gold finish.
My own personal preceptive:
In defense of expending hundreds of hours polishing a Airstream, I will say this, the ole gal was in pretty bad shape and, the quoted 4,000$ just screamed for a local solution.
Like everyone else that ever attempted to polish their unit, it's a huge undertaking and, at the same time, a tremendous learning curve to overcome. There's alot to be said for the expression, OJT..
Has anyone polished their unit in less time? YES~! But..the results speaks for themselves. Whether the unit is a perfect 10 or close, it matters not, they all still look ever so much better than before.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:14 AM   #49
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I like the look of a nice patina.

I like the look of a polished trailer.

When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
When the skies and the oceans are clean again
Then we shall be free

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:40 AM   #50
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I'm open to the idea of polish or patina... I just can't get excited about doing anything but painting the roof.

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