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Old 07-15-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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what is this and how do you make it go away?

I am looking at this '63 FC for possible purchase, but I am wondering if the skin can be polished back to a smooth shine.
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:35 PM   #2
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that looks like what generally comes from a tree or bush rubbing in the wind. Yours looks like a rope did it. If it's not scratched, it comes out even easier than the normal corrosion.


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Old 07-15-2008, 12:54 PM   #3
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As I understand it the older Airstream were made of aluminum that was the same material through the skin unlike the newer ones that are clad like our money. You can polish an older trailer till you reach the other side if necessary.

Don't see any dents on this side so have at it.
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That won't polish up at all. In fact, the more you try, the duller it will get. You should pass on this one and let me have it.

In all seriousness, that FC will polish up and look like a new dime when you're done. Best of luck with your decision.

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Old 07-15-2008, 02:57 PM   #5
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It will shine again....

My was way worse than yours. It will take a whole lot of time and I mean a WHOLE lot of time.......
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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The black rub marks will only go away with polishing though...there is nothing that will remove them and not the oxidation too, which would look about the same in the "desirability department" as the black spots.

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I see that alot Im sure most Know but 4 thoughs that dont. DO NOT cover your AS with a tarp flapinging in the wind. But yes it will polish out very nice.
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Ditto the above. I found my tradewind sat in a field. Trees grew up around it and the branches moved back and forth and back and forth for 20 years causing similar marks. They come out with elbow grease. Folks recomend Nuvite, etc. but I also used No. 7 Polishing Compound and that works too, is cheap and available anywhere. I'm not saying it's the best but it works.

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