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Old 01-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #29
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yes, after you remove the anodization. Doing that is virtually impossible.
I removed the anodization on some Zip Dee awning covers by using Oven Cleaner. It took a few times of stripping, and looked really scarry when doing it, but it came off & they shined up beautifully.
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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?????????
Actually I just walked in through the open gate for the employees. I didn't even get challenged by the security guard. The plant had closed for the day and was deserted. I feigned a discussion with a trailer hauler who was hooking up and then just walked up to the lot and took pics of all the trailers there. The guard did eventually come up and ask me to leave. It was all very easy as it was obvious to him I meant no harm. I'm sure they are used to alumaholics at the plant.
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I removed the anodization on some Zip Dee awning covers by using Oven Cleaner. It took a few times of stripping, and looked really scarry when doing it, but it came off & they shined up beautifully.
With something as oxidized as that gold AS it would be fairly easy to deanodize I think. I just started doing this very thing to my C11. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f417...ml#post1088226
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:26 AM   #32
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It should be in a showroom...
For Airstreamers its history of something they care about. I work for a company that sells a very unique appliance and components change that are interesting. Does the company save these parts for perhaps a counter display? No. When I show individuals the few that exist, "wow" and they examine them closely and express a lot of interest in them.

For Thor and Airstream, the trailer is simply a commodity, encompassing neither history or romance.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:13 AM   #33
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Does anyone know for sure that the skin is Anodized because to my eye it looks to be Alodined.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:18 AM   #34
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Does anyone know for sure that the skin is Anodized because to my eye it looks to be Alodined.
No clue, but every time I've read about it or heard it discussed, it's always referred to as anodized.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:26 AM   #35
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I had forgotten about Alodine, which was also "yellow" or gold in color. The place where I worked used Alodine to touchup scratches in the anodized coating. As I recall, alodine wasn't a very "tough" coating; and if parts weren't painted within a day or two, they had to go back to the anodize line.
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:42 AM   #36
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For Airstreamers its history of something they care about.

For Thor and Airstream, the trailer is simply a commodity, encompassing neither history or romance.
Fairly short sighted business model. I hope that is actually your opinion and NOT Thor's or Airstream's.
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Fairly short sighted business model. I hope that is actually your opinion and NOT Thor's or Airstream's.
Actions speak loudly. Looks to be somewhere in between the two. They own it, but they're letting it deteriorate without the Air & Space Museum budget when it's time to haul it indoors and get to work on it. Perfection isn't necessary, IMO, as they ought to be able to come very close historically, so moving it to shelter would be a good thing.

And to do that before institutional memory fades completely away. Or worse happens to it. An iconic trailer. The iconic A/S as the company story is essentially about marketing.

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Old 01-03-2012, 04:27 PM   #38
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Fairly short sighted business model. I hope that is actually your opinion and NOT Thor's or Airstream's.
Boy, even during GM's bankruptcy we sold of a lot of historical cars, but they were excess, if you will. GM desired, and the courts agreed, that the Heritage Center (museum) should stay in tact as a piece of Americana which could never be duplicated.

I also would hope that Thor feels the same.
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Colored anodizing often fades from UV exposure. Clear is best for color stability. There are some colored anodizings that are better than others but you never know what you are going to get. I have seen all of them fade. I have seen black fade back to aluminum. NASA has spent alot of money on anodized coatings that are color stable. Your average plating shop is probably not going to have the best coatings. The space station is made of anodized aluminum and yes it is an insulator and that has become a big problem because the space station can charge up like a big capacitor and when something touches it that is not at the same potential then ZAP. There is a plasma in space that is a different potential than the space station. There are also charged particles hitting the space station as well as high voltages from the solar arrays. They have a thing called a plasma contactor that keeps the space station from charging up.

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The "wrinkled" panels are off of Darkspeed's 72. The pics of Wally's trailer don't look wrinkled.
It is gold anodized. The wrinkled look is the adhesive where I stripped the interior vinyl of of it.

I'm going to punch the sheets into 500 Wally-dallions and put them on eBay... JK..
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I'm going to punch the sheets into 500 Wally-dallions and put them on eBay... JK..
I'll take 2
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Yes, or for say, building a new interior endcap as a mini-tribute to Wally's gold trailer.

I'm using a local LA supplier though. Cheaper without shipping of course.
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