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Old 09-28-2009, 02:36 PM   #239
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Has anyone ever washed their AS and felt they knew what it felt like to bathe and elephant? I've finally got the interior and the systems working on my Globie, am ready to tackle the exterior. So, my big question is, what do you have to do to maintain the exterior, especially since I live within a mile of the ocean? Is wax enough? Thanks!

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Old 11-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #240
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stripping questions

Followed the discussion on stripping and it looks like it works fine. Does this leave a nice usable finish or is there polishing and all that follows? I am in a full restoration of a 68 Tradewind...so it's early to be asking, but as I make repairs on the outside, I would like to strip and finish areas...like under the clearance lights and around windows where I need to seal leaks....
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #241
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I stripped my 1976 about 9 years ago. The clear coat look like it had melted and was running down the sides. I still have not polished it but I will some day. It still looks very good, much better than it did before striping. I don't have any pictures before I stripped it, but here are a couple of pictures that I took earlier this year.

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Old 11-13-2009, 09:48 PM   #242
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adonh:

What is on the aluminum now since you stripped it?
I have stripped just the top and I am not sure what to do next.

My clear coat is excellent on the sides.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:30 AM   #243
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Nothing. I use liquid car wash/polish products from time to time but that's it. The trailer is stored in a garage type storage so it is not out in the sun and elements.

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Old 11-14-2009, 05:34 PM   #244
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adonh:

Thanks for the reply. Did you use any compound after stripping?

By the way your as looks great!!

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Old 11-14-2009, 06:02 PM   #245
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No compound just stripped and washed. There are still scratches. a few hail dings and discoloration in places but all an all it looks pretty good. Nort as good as the polished Airstream's that you see in this thread.

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Old 11-15-2009, 05:38 PM   #246
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Your AS looks fantastic! Great shape!

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I stripped my 1976 about 9 years ago. The clear coat look like it had melted and was running down the sides. I still have not polished it but I will some day. It still looks very good, much better than it did before striping. I don't have any pictures before I stripped it, but here are a couple of pictures that I took earlier this year.

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Old 01-26-2010, 02:24 PM   #247
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After You Polish

After I strip and polish my Airstream, what can I do to protect the shine? Do I have to polish it again in a year or two?
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:34 PM   #248
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here's a simple question...i think.

i have a 76 Excella....the stripping with the brush on seems fairly simple.

has anyone paid for a polishing and how much?

also how much for stripping and polishing.

I just had a minor heart attack a couple of months ago and don't want the wife to find me hanging over the air conditioner after a big one.

answers would be welcome
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:53 PM   #249
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here's a simple question...i think.

i have a 76 Excella....the stripping with the brush on seems fairly simple.

has anyone paid for a polishing and how much?

also how much for stripping and polishing.

I just had a minor heart attack a couple of months ago and don't want the wife to find me hanging over the air conditioner after a big one.

answers would be welcome
thPolishing is OK, but waxing frequently becomes necessary, like every month or so.

To polish a 31 foot Airstream, current prices are about $7500.00 or more.

We do not polish Airstreams. Thank goodness for that. What a mess it makes.

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Old 02-05-2010, 10:23 AM   #250
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Polishing is more of a mess than I could have ever imagined. The black residue gets everyhere and it doesnt just rinse off. It took me a little over a month to complete the job. I worked a about 2 hours a day and a few very long days. Almost instantly you can start to see the haze slowly come back. So I am already planning to do the last step again prior to the camping season. For some strange reason I kind of enjoyed the process. Good luck if you decide to do it. Because in order to keep it that way it requires yearly upkeep.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #251
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Removeall question

Is it true that the polish used by everyone "Rapier removell" is no longer available? We heard the company was bought out..... OMG what now?
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:26 PM   #252
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since napier is no longer available I read on the forums about ICI hydrostrip so I went to my local ICI dealer and guess what.....they did not have it nor could they get it anymore.....so now what? do I have to resort to usinging Citrus strip....I quess I should have become addicted to aluminum sooner......
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