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Old 05-05-2007, 06:33 AM   #15
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Wow, lots of great feedback!

I am using all Meguiars products, from wash to wax.

I tried the cleaner (step 2) on the stone guards to remove the glue from the protective pastic, and that worked well with a bit of elbow grease. I notice though that there are now some streaks on those panels. Will probably have to redo them as per CanoeStream's post to get em right. Was wondering about those panels... didn't dawn on me that they were stainless!

I checked around yesterday, there are maybe about 9 scratches or so... but not too noticeable or deep. Heck on Tuesday we'll be heading out for about a week, and I'll likely rub the 'Winker' on some trees or something.

Worst I did was spin my teardrop trailer around in the driveway and just happened to scrap the back galley against the garage brick. You can imagine what kind of scratches bridge on aluminum makes

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Old 05-05-2007, 05:59 PM   #16
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Depending how deep, you might be able to make them vanish with Walbernize super seal. Seen it done before....but if they are too deep.....

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Old 05-06-2007, 03:16 PM   #17
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The wife and I just spent 3 hours washing and Walbernizing the 28 footer. The pressure washer makes good work of this task by cleaning all the hard to get to places, such as the wheel wells, roof and holding tank drain area. A good overall pressure wash prior to using the brush ensures all the little aluminum particles get washed off.

I used a little Dawn dish soap in a bucket of warm water with a soft bristle brush on a telescoping pole. This works great. A dry with the chamois, and and the wax goes on nicely. The Walbernize is an excellent product for this application and I highly recommend it. Goes on easy and comes off easy. Works great on the clearcoat and hides any small scratches.
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:21 PM   #18
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My caution

My word of caution is to check the caulking on your exterior refer vent panels.

Our 20' has two, with the refer AC plug/GFCI junction combo mounted on the interor shell, between the two vent panels.

These openings are framed with a joint dead center, bottom. Turns out the joint directly above the refer AC plug was completely un-caulked, and this frame joint acted like a nice drain -- straight down into the outlet.

It's probably just my unit that had this problem, but worth double-checking any framed exterior opening.

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Old 02-10-2016, 10:09 PM   #19
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Surface of airstream

Hey yall, my 2 cents. If you have small scratches on the inside or outside use colgate toothpaste as a rubbing compound.
It even smooths your old person glasses, if they are plastic.
It is pretty weak stuff.
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:21 AM   #20

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Or just wait 9years and the obsession will dissipate .....

"Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor."

AF #1

"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 02-11-2016, 04:41 AM   #21
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Love the Horace quote. And how true.
"Certainty on any matter is not one of the human attitudes the Gods admire or tolerate."
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Old 02-19-2016, 03:35 PM   #22
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I've never done this to an airstream, but it works for clear coat scratches on furniture, and it's benign. They sell a polish at small airports for aircraft windshields...its just carnauba wax, but it fills in the fine scratches on plexiglass windshields and makes them look new. I would try liquid car wax on a small area, and just buff it by hand. If the brush marks are through the clear coat, it won't work, but it won't hurt anything either.

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