Summerkid, I've no experience with aluminum skinned trailers, but do know that if I highly polish a piece of aluminum and expose it to the elements, it will eventually oxidize and turn dull. Would I call that a satin finish? Nope! It might look satin for one year during the process, but I don't think it would really qualify. I'm beginning to realize the aluminum trailers, such as the AS, are a labor of love and outpouring of money. I think the maintenance could end up being a hobby. Not that that wouldn't be okay for some, but all I really want is a nice place to sleep while I travel. I'm just not sure how to do that yet. Airstreams are mighty attractive so I've got to admit I'm smitten! Just undecided at this point.
The tension between what is good enough and what is beyond that creates the space for character to become our work. (Author: Unknown)