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Old 07-01-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Washing my airstream excella 31'

Is there an attachment for my hose that I can buy to wash the exterior of my airstream that won't scratch the aluminum?

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Old 07-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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The clear coat on the older trailers is really soft, so you need something like a microfiber string thing mop. Even then, it is highly desirable to hose it off first with a pretty high pressure hose to take off all the potential abrasive dirt. Later model Airstreams are made from precoated aluminum which is a harder coating, but you still need to take precautions not to rub the abrasive dirt around on surface. Hose then Microfiber mop that has a hose attachment to supply fresh rinse water is suggested.

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #3
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Our Excella is about the same age as yours. We've found the key is to use a high quality automotive soap applied with an automotive brush on an extension handle. After that I coat it all over with Griots Garage Paint Sealer. Shines like a diamond and repels water for a long time. Buy all your supplies from Griots and save on shipping. Good stuff, and I don't work for them.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:55 AM   #4

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Thumbs up Griot's Garage products.....

Iv'e found this to work best, the boars hair brush I use on the cars did scratch the AS clearcoat.

I also use microfiber for all things Airstream.
All Griot's wash products are first rate.
The Paint Sealer, Car Wash Soap and Spray Wax are all part of the AS maint kit.


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Old 07-02-2013, 09:47 AM   #5
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I agree with the microfiber mop on a long handle, can be found at auto zone or any shop like that, I like the round one the best. Griots wax are excellent. Throw away the brush except for the tires, and Griots makes a brush just for that. Greg
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #6
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I've had really good luck using a sheepskin mitt -- which is NEVER used on wheels/tires, I might add. For the high spots I just put the pitt over a paint pole. Like everyone else has said, use a LOT of water, but aluminum is soft and I think mild scratches are probably an inevitable consequence of owning an Airstream.

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