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Old 01-01-2012, 08:12 PM   #15
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For a trailer that has sat in a lot since 1972?
From what we were told on the plant tour, I assumed it has been outdoors for a long time, just sitting there in the sun, rain snow...... Surely they at least keep it sealed well.

Edit: rebuild might not be a good term. I got the impression it was restored and re anodized, although I don't think they said when. (obviously quite awhile ago)
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Question: can anodized aluminum be polished?
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:21 PM   #17
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yes, after you remove the anodization. Doing that is virtually impossible.
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um, I think he's talking about a rebuild around 1972. Plenty long enough ago to need another one.
Right, sometime back then the gold trailer was sold privately and had modern windows cut into it. The factory got it back and rebuit it bact to original with new gold aluminum. It has since faded from sitting outside.
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That's a shame they wouldn't restore that thing! They should pick someone on the forum who has a few restorations under their belt and pay them to redo her...
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #20
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That's a shame they wouldn't restore that thing! They should pick someone on the forum who has a few restorations under their belt and pay them to redo her...

What they need is indoor storage for several old ones they own. Come on a pole barn ain't that expensive.... Heck around the corner and down the street, the old Henschen plant is sitting empty. Rent some space!
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It is sad. There should be an Airstream Museum up there. At least covered over if not enclosed.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:37 PM   #22
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It is sad. There should be an Airstream Museum up there. At least covered over if not enclosed.
I can never remember the tour guide's name, but he mentioned that a museum is the intention, but there's never any money to do it.
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When I worked in a factory that anodized aluminum, they put yellow dye in the bath so that you could visually verify that the anodized coating was present. If they don't put dye in the plating tanks, the coating is clear (aluminum colored), and you can't visually tell if the aluminum has been anodized. However, if I recall correctly, you can tell with an ohmmeter (I think the anodized coating has high resistance, when compared to bare aluminum).

The yellow dye used to vary quite a bit, from almost clear to deep burnt orange/brown. The actual color didn't make any difference, since anodize was used as a temporary coating to protect the aluminum parts until they could be painted.

I wonder if the "gold" finish you see is an anodized coating, because I think that anodizing is really thin and not very durable. The photos above look almost like paint. Also, it looks kind of wrinkled, not a typical surface finish for anodize.

Regarding polishing an aluminum panel, if this is a soft anodized coating, polishing should remove the anodize easily. However, it could be an electroplated, hard anodize finish, which might be much more difficult to remove. Perhaps, others on this forum with more plating experience could enlighten us.
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I believe it was ORIGINALLY anodized. Don't know what was done when they restored it. You can't re-anodize without taking the panels all off, can you? They may have done something else during the restore.
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The "wrinkled" panels are off of Darkspeed's 72. The pics of Wally's trailer don't look wrinkled.
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I can never remember the tour guide's name, but he mentioned that a museum is the intention, but there's never any money to do it.

You think they would want it in the front entrance to the Airstream Plant....BUT on the other hand that might encourage people to find a vintage one and NOT buy a new one...
How could this NOT be part of the tour???? Isn't there some history given in the tour?
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You think they would want it in the front entrance to the Airstream Plant....BUT on the other hand that might encourage people to find a vintage one and NOT buy a new one...
How could this NOT be part of the tour???? Isn't there some history given in the tour?
Yes it is, They have 3 old units out in front of the offices, and a few more around to the side. Wally's unit as well as several others are located in a field several hundred yards from the offices and service center. If you walk down the street, and through some backs of some businesses, you can get close to the gold one. I'm not sure, but it look like Wasa climbed the fence?????????
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