Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In
Keeping a polished Airstream shiny, depends on the environment that it's exposed to.
If it's near salt water, then waxing it every "week" is the usual, instead of the exception.
A highly polished Airstream is "very high" maintenance, again depending on it's location.
I have kept our '65 Caravel
polished for about six years now. We have a home near Sacramento in the Delta town of Walnut Grove, and a condo in Laguna Woods, Orange County. When kept at our northern home, where we are over 60 miles from the ocean and the air is nice, the Caravel
retains it's mirror finish very well. Polishing once a year works. When at our condo in Laguna Woods, we are 6.5 miles from the ocean and up the hill from a sewage treatment plant. Keeping a shine is on-going like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Between outings, I pick the panel that looks the worst and polish it up.