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Old 05-30-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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I recently stayed at Willow Tree Campground near Myrtle Beach, and upon leaving I met a man that said he sold airstreams in Florida for many years. He said the best way to clean one up was with WD40 , the whole exterior they would spray down.
Does this sound like good advice?
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I should keep Willow Tree a secret.........
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:32 PM   #2
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Not a chance on my new(er) Airstream....maybe on the older ones without the Aloca coating......
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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We used a light coating to polish high-end racing bikes (mountain bikes and road bikes) when I worked in a bicycle shop...it gave a real slick shine to the bike (that was aluminum)...I just might have to try it on a hidden spot to see how it works on my Safari.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:47 PM   #4
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I would be concerned about using it on the coated aluminum on my newer AS too. I do use it on the stainless steel rock guards though and it polishes those up nicely.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:03 PM   #5
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WD-40 is a light machine oil. While it is pretty good as a solvent, it has a tendency to fix fine dust and convey it into nooks and crannys (technical terms). That's why, after freeing up a sticky part with WD40, my experts recommend following with a little ATF to provide more permanent lubrication. I would guess that WD40 would do a good job of cleaning off the surface of aluminum parts. However, incorporating fine dust onto surface of your unit may not be the exactly what you have in mind. Hard surfaces such as steel are probably less affected but clear coated aluminum may be a different story.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:27 PM   #6
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Did you know WD40 was invented by NASA??? It took 40 attempts to get it right and it's water dissolvable hence the name WD40......
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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WD-40 and Swoopy graphics:
When the Swoopy graphics started pealing off our 96 excella, WD-40 turned out to be the best solvent for the residue adhesive. It did not affect the clearcoat underneath. I tried several other solvents at hidden locations and was surprised how many of them just dissolved the clearcoat.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:33 PM   #8
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WD-40 turned out to be the best solvent for the residue adhesive. It did not affect the clearcoat underneath.
It's the best for removing adhesive from labels and what not. I use it for that but not as an overall protective or polishing coating.

And I'm glad I chose not to get the graphics on my Safari!
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:35 PM   #9
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Did you know WD40 was invented by NASA??? It took 40 attempts to get it right and it's water dissolvable hence the name WD40......
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It was the Rocket Chemical Company, not NASA that invented it, for Atlas missiles. The hard part was keeping the employees from taking it home at night!
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And now you know the REST of the story ... good day.
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:21 PM   #11
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and it's water dissolvable hence the name WD40......
That sould be "water displacement" I think.
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Rule of thumb.

If it is not supossed to move and does Duct Tape it.

If it is supposed to move and does not WD40 it.
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:19 PM   #13
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WD40 - thumbs up

I've used it for years to clean the underside of my show cars. The bottom of the floor pan is painted in primer and WD40 has not hurt that paint. It disappears/evaporates in a couple of day.

I've hear the "use it to clean an Airstream" story from Bates' (Airstream dealer in Tampa) customers.

My quess is that it wouldn't hurt the clearcoat.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:51 PM   #14
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It was the Rocket Chemical Company, not NASA that invented it, for Atlas missiles. The hard part was keeping the employees from taking it home at night!
According to the people at Kennedy space center they invented it. Oh well maybe they were wrong
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