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Old 10-04-2009, 12:06 AM   #15
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I am on my way Sunday morning to pick it up. Once i have it I am spending a few days on the Oregon coast working my way home.

The inside of my trailer is like new as well. We bought it last year out of Montana and were really impressed with how well it had been maintained. Except for the peeling clearcoat it was hard to tell it was 10 years old.

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Old 10-04-2009, 02:39 AM   #16
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What did it cost???
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:08 AM   #17
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How does one get in touch with Dick Mcintire, any phone numbers?
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:12 AM   #18
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Cauuck,

Did he replace all the stripes and plastic trim around your trailer?
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:35 PM   #19
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Dick charges $100 per foot of trailer so 28 feet = $2800.00 That is just for striping and reapplying the new clearcoat. If the aluminum has been exposed for a while there is going to be some buffing/polishing required. The end caps are usually necessary to do. The curbside upper sheet on mine was bad and required a lot of work as did the end caps. The buffing costs extra.
the top stripes on mine were replaced but the middle stripes were fine and just cleared over.
Dick does a lot of other detail work that he does not charge for specificly. He repainted the bumper,tongue and the dark grey lower side edges. He removes and polishes the badges and details them. All doors/hatches for vents were repainted an appropriate silver color.These are the touches that make the unit look new.
I had Dick remove the AIRSTREAM name from the front and back end caps and will have these reproduced by a local graphics shop.
On my way ome I had several comments on how good the trailer looked. At the border the customs fellow was hard pressed to believe it was 11 years old. (good thing I had my import papers from last year).
You can contact Dick at 1-805-264-0972. Where he is located the cell service is not great.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:15 PM   #20
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I have a dumb question - what is the purpose of clear coat? Is it to keep the aluminum from oxidizing?

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:01 AM   #21
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I have a dumb question - what is the purpose of clear coat? Is it to keep the aluminum from oxidizing?

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Definitely, Once the clear started to peel on mine the aluninum started oxidising.
You can strip off the old clearcoat and have bare aluninum but you will spend the rest of your life polishing.

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:52 AM   #22
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I have a dumb question - what is the purpose of clear coat? Is it to keep the aluminum from oxidizing?

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The clear coat or plasticoat as it's sometimes called, protects the aluminum, from the air we humans breathe.

It lasts 5 to 6 years, and then must be stripped and recoated.

If you strip the clear coat, and polish the metal, you must wash and wax it, every 30 days. If not, it will slowly start oxidizing.

If the trailer is within 50 miles of salt water, then washing and waxing every week becomes necessary.

Or, you can strip the trailer, and go through the process of painting it metallic silver. When done properly, a once a year wax job will keep that paint job good for at least 20 years.

The least cost per lifetime year, is actually the metallic silver. The polish jobs are expensive to have done, and expensive to maintain.

Automotive clear, by the way, cannot be used on an Airstream, as it will peel off like a plastic sheet. Automotive clear is designed to adhere to paint, not bare sheetmetal.

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Old 10-08-2009, 09:50 AM   #23
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On my way ome I had several comments on how good the trailer looked.

Paul, any chance you will post some photos?
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:00 PM   #24
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I would like to ask too about using a body shop to strip and re-clear coat. I'm a full timer while at school in Northern Calif. When I graduate in May I wanted to sell my Airstream and head home. She's 10 years old and the clear coat on the front and rear top is bubbling up and flaking off fast. I do not have a tow vehicle. So a local shop in my small town will have to work. I will save and print Andy's instructions above. Any other words of wisdom?

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Old 11-24-2009, 05:57 PM   #25
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What needs to be done on a polished trailer to seal the seams.Is this necessary?
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:15 PM   #26
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Take a look here. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...more-7626.html. Personaly I use vulkem(tempro). I have found it locally at Home | Fastenal
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:21 PM   #27
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What needs to be done on a polished trailer to seal the seams.Is this necessary?
For small seams use Parbond.

For large seams use Vulkem.

Sealing the seams is a preventive measure against water leaks.

You will be protecting your investment.

A good idea, NO.

A fantastic idea, Yes.

There are many kinds of sealers, but we prefer to recommend those that have been used for many years, with outstanding results.

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Old 12-20-2009, 06:12 PM   #28
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what clears do you recommend? cost per gal? coverage for 24'?
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