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Old 09-18-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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Question Question: Have the polishers trashed this trailer?

These pictures are from a polishing shop in Eloy, Arizona (about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson) posted to the Airstream Addicts Facebook page yesterday. I had been considering having these people polish my trailer, but I'm having serious second thoughts now.

My suspicion is that they have tried to go too fast, and overheated and warped the panels.

What does anybody else think???


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Old 09-18-2016, 10:54 AM   #2
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That looks like it was anodized originally. Can't imagine how hard it was to get it off, which would explain how beat up the panels now look.

Darn shame too, I so wish that the skin of my 345 had been anodized.
It makes such a carefree finish.

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Old 09-18-2016, 11:05 AM   #3
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Looks from google like Streamlines are anodized.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:06 PM   #5
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That looks like it was anodized originally. Can't imagine how hard it was to get it off, which would explain how beat up the panels now look.

Darn shame too, I so wish that the skin of my 345 had been anodized.
It makes such a carefree finish.

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Wouldn't Anodizing give it a gold finish?
It does on aircraft aluminum.😐
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:08 PM   #6
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:14 PM   #7
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The original Alloy sheet aluminum (guess it to be 2024-O) may have had a thin ( 5 micron) layer of pure aluminum to protect it in addition to the anodized finish which are good protections.
Personally, I like the original patina these get over time. Grey like me.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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Wouldn't Anodizing give it a gold finish?
It does on aircraft aluminum.��
It's possible to anodize in lots of different colors.

Hard to tell from the photos but I would think that the warping caused by polishing would pop out when it cools back down. Maybe depends on the metal original temper. Could be that it's just much more noticeable with the shine than the matte finish.
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One things for sure: that looks bad, really bad. I don't think all that's going to pop out no matter how much it cools down. If that was my trailer, I don't know what they could say to calm me down.
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I guess that is the result when you try to remove the anodized finish from aluminum . the shop should have known better !
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I don't think that's the same trailer in both photos. In the lower photo, the upper side running lights are missing along with whatever that is just forward of the window in the upper photo. In any event, I hope its not.
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I don't think that's the same trailer in both photos. In the lower photo, the upper side running lights are missing along with whatever that is just forward of the window in the upper photo. In any event, I hope its not.
Agree, panel seams are also different.
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Wouldn't Anodizing give it a gold finish?
It does on aircraft aluminum.😐
Aluminum anodizing is a chemical process and is available in many colors.
aluminum and bronze are the most typical, but, I have seen various shades of red, blue, gold and green, etc...

If that trailer was anodized, it had a more durable and easy to keep finish before it was polished! I believe Wally Byam's gold Airstream was made with gold anodized panels. It is now on display at Jackson Center.
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