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Old 08-25-2014, 08:19 AM   #1
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Question Fixing a DIY disaster on my Rock Guards.

So we just picked up our Airstream this weekend. And one of the things bugging me is whatever the previous owner thought they where doing on the front Rock Guards.

We all know what they are suppose to look like:


But mine, don't look like that. They look like this:









And now I realize I should of taken some close ups before putting the Airstream away for storage.

It seems they've been spray painted with some sort of DIY bed liner. When the sun hits these, the spray paint pattern is really obvious. I also noticed they are cracking along the bottoms and top edges and whatever is on it is peeling off. It looked like it might still be the original metal under neath. I'm hoping that's the case.

Has anyone ever seen someone do this, or know why?

BTW, I am the 3rd owner of this Airstream, the guy we bought it from bought it from the original owner in Feb and hit hard times. And I am assuming that it was the original owner who did this "mod". I should of asked, but was to busy being excited.

Anyways, rather than sell out $800 bucks buying new ones, was wondering if anyone had any ideas? I guess I'll try stripper first.

I just want things to match on my Airstream.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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In my case I am the 4th owner.
My rock guards were a bit pitted and I did not like the look so
I painted them with black bed liner. Same for bumper and a few
other mis-matching colors as you may see.
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In my case I am the 4th owner.
My rock guards were a bit pitted and I did not like the look so
I painted them with black bed liner. Same for bumper and a few
other mis-matching colors as you may see.
I actually quite like the look of that
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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Nothing wrong with painting them but that gray stuff does not look good at all. You can try stripper on them and see what the metal underneath looks like. Also the one on the passenger side looks like it is sagging. Alternatively you would skin them with aluminum or stainless over what is there. Thinner material will tend to dent more than the thicker guard material.

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Old 08-25-2014, 10:31 AM   #5
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Once you have the gunk off, have you considered a stainless-look PVC film - like people put on appliances?

So long you trim it right at the edge of the panels and re-cover the exposed edges with the molding, the adhesive should stay stuck.
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I'm guessing there is some logical reason that the PO painted them...pitting, perhaps. You can spend the time and energy stripping them, to find that they don't look good...and end up repainting them. Or you can just repaint them to your liking and be done with it. Or you could rebuild them.
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Tape off for recoat. Stencils for your initials, coat in contrasting color! Remove tape.

Ok, that was fun,,,

Oh, you could use Duplicolor REMOVABLE paint and change it when bored.
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You can get that bed liner stuff in custom colors and the commercial coatings are better than the DIY stuff in a can. You could make them match the colors of your favorite football team like they do here in the south or something else just as tacky. Personally, I would go for black like Del did above.

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If you do strip them be sure to remove them from the trailer, or at least protect everything around them. No reason to mess up anything else trying to fix this issue. I haven't done this, but other things I wish I hadn't.
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If you do strip them be sure to remove them from the trailer, or at least protect everything around them. No reason to mess up anything else trying to fix this issue. I haven't done this, but other things I wish I hadn't.
Oh I will be. I have a massive shop which I stored the Airstream in. Lots of room to remove and work.
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Funny....I drove through the west coast of Michigan yesterday and across the Mighty Mac into the UP where I am currently ensconced just north of Channing. As I came up the roads department was painting the white fog lines north of Traverse City. When I pulled in last night I discovered my curbside rock guard was now white as was everything else curbside. Two hours of a pressure washer and a putty knife removed most of the paint, but the underside is still white and the lexan windows still have white spots...not a fun day....
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Stainless Steel refinish

Too bad about the white paint, photobum. I got that on the underside of a '64 Impala and the wheel wells are probably still white today.
The rock shields are stainless steel with a brushed finish. It is very durable but can be scratched by rocks, abrasive cleaners and anything harder than itself. It is almost impossible to restore the brushed finish once it is messed up. That explains the painted DeLoreans you occasionally see. Whatever damage is under that textured paint is probably permanent. You may as well just repaint the rock guards, or else replace them. Some surface prep and new paint might look good.
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Refinishing Stainless steel Rock Guards

Actually you can refinish the stainless steel. I've done it. What you do depends on how bad the dings and scratches are. Here are just two of the many "How To" videos on the web:
Small scratches:
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