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Old 06-27-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Polishing in the midwest?

Hello - first time poster - can anyone recommend a good Airstream polisher in or near Wisconsin? We have completely redone the interior of our beloved '71 Caravel 18' and have been saving to have the exterior professionally polished. We found a metal polisher in IL who claimed to have experience with Airstreams but now the process has dragged for 2 months and just isn't getting there...some areas are stunning mirror-like shine but it is not at all consistent, with patches of oxidation and dark grey splotches. We've lost confidence and are even concerned that he's possibly done damage to the surface. I'm attaching some pics and would appreciate any and all advice. Is this a case of not adequately stripping before polishing, or going too far? Help
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
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Polishing in the midwest?

Greetings aventine!

Welcome to the forums!

From your photos, it appears that the person polishing your coach probably didn't strip the Plasticoat protective coating -- the light gray patches are probably remnants of the Plasticoat. Plasticoat is the proprietary coating that Airstream sprayed on all coaches when yours was new. Typcially the upper panels loose their coating first with much of the coating sticking to surfaces below the beltline. Black streaking is the "tarnish" that the polish is removing and is typically cleaned up with either a chemical or by using a soft terrycloth towel and flour to rub off the "tarnish".

We have one of the pioneering companies so far as Airstream polishing is concerned here in the Midwest. P and S Trailer Service in Helena, Ohio has been polishing Airstreams for decades, and they can do anything from an "original luster" polish and recoat (new Plasticoat applied) to a mirror-like shine. They polished my 1964 Overlander eight years ago to its original sheen and applied new Plastcoat - - I am still amazed by the quality and durability of their work.


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Thanks much! I contacted them, really appreciate the reply & recommendation.
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