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Old 05-02-2011, 10:55 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Wsmith View Post

I have a trailer that has one of the newer types of aluminum Airstream used but before the coating was applied by the Aluminum manufacture. In my case the clear coat was applied at the Airstream factory. You will have the same problem as everyone in the past with time. It is true that the clear coat may have improved through science but at some point in you keep your trailer you will be faced with having it striped and re-coated.
I suggest keeping it waxed and out of the UV rays as much as possible.

Thanks for the advice Wes.

Our trailer is kept clean and waxed, and is in covered storage when not in use, so hopefully it won't need any major refinish work for quite some time.



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Old 05-02-2011, 12:08 PM   #30
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Will the Meguiars aluminum polish work on my 1971? I don't want a mirror finish but I would like a somewhat shiny finish. I'll need to remove the clearcoat first, but what then?

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:49 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Ag'71
Will the Meguiars aluminum polish work on my 1971? I don't want a mirror finish but I would like a somewhat shiny finish. I'll need to remove the clearcoat first, but what then?
Customer service at Meguiars is great. If you get their customer service number call it and talk to Nick. You'll get answers quickly!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #32
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How do I get the buffer marks off that the dealer put in my brand new 2012? We took it on our first trip left with it snowing and got back to tons more of snow. Between the continued snow and delays at the AS dealership by the time I got it into the shop for wash and wax the service rep glanced at the stone guards and said that won’t come off. I said what the dirt? He said no the rust! What rust they are stainless and brand new …. He said they recommend putting a clear bra material on for $600. I cannot believe that I can't take one trip, the first, without the stone guards rusting. Why are they not protected from the factory?? Only one of several disappointments with the brand new AS!

Suggestions on how to get the buffer marks off? Do I drag steel wool (other material) with the grain? And yes that is still rust showing through after the dealer buffed the crap out of them. Thanks for the help.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:33 AM   #33
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If you still have some rust, use the Barkeepers Friend I mentioned earlier in this thread. Before you use any steel wool (or brass as Canoestream mentioned), try some stainless steel cleaner (either appliance or BBQ grill) available almost anywhere. The marks in your picture may just be wax marks. I don't wax my segment protectors, I just periodically use some stainless steel cleaner. If the marks don't come out, your dealer screwed up. I would think you could get new ones through the warranty. But, like I said, try some stainless steel cleaner first. Russ
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:16 AM   #34
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Stainless steel cleaner works for me. I forget the brand, but it's the stuff found everywhere for appliances.

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:16 AM   #35

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Originally Posted by dznf0g View Post
This is what I was thinking. In the auto industry, it's call rail dust. It can show up car's paint, especially those which are transported by rail. Steel wheels on steel rails create steel dust. It gets on the car's surface and bleeds rust.

It can also happen on the road occasionally. Your TV brake pads may be semi-metallic with some iron in them...could be other iron or steel dust on the road close to iron mines or steel mills, etc.

I think dz nailed it. We had to deal with the problem constantly at the Chevy Store I retired from.

Your pic's looked very familiar.

I have used WD-40 regularly on them to keep the bugs, tar and rail dust from sticking, shines 'em up nice also!!

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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:28 AM   #36
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I can't see from your picture what the streaking actually looks like so I will just assume its rust. We used Barkeepers Friend, which you can get in the grocery store. Put it in with one of those plastic dish scrubber nonabbrasive pads and use lots of elbow grease. The Rock guards can be scratched and destroyed with the Brillo pads so don't use them. That got the rust out.

We have had our Airstream for nearly a year now and the rust never returned. (We polish it with meguir's or Turtle Wax twice a year.) I think it was the stuff they used on the roads in Oregon in snow that caused it.

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:29 AM   #37
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Stainless steel does not like salt. If you are a yankee and there is road salt everywhere get it off the stainless as soon as possible. It is not going to help the aluminum either.

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Here's another discussion on the topic. This post by dwightdi does the best job I've seen to explain this cosmetic problem on the segment protector stainless steel.

[on edit: Dang! I already posted that in post 11 above. Will leave this here for those reading the tail of this thread. Like me... ]

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #39
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Go get you some Plexus

works on acrylic,stainless very mild product. Really perfect for everything on trailer hit those lexan protectors make getting bugs off much easier. $25b:wally bucks it better work. Just be sure to use microfiber towel that is real clean. I even did inside metal work, dishwasher any plastic, makes it look new

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