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Old 06-30-2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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My local Airstream dealer told me he heard of a shop somewhere in Oregon that does clearcoats on Airstreams. Anyone have any info?

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Old 07-11-2009, 07:26 AM   #2
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www.vintage-airstreams.com is constantly listing airstreams who have had a new clearcoat.... they always use the same shop. Not sure if they are in oregon though....

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Old 07-13-2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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I got a name from Sutton RV in Eugene Oregon, they recommended Dick McIntire in Corvallis Or, anybody have any experience?

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I got a name from Sutton RV in Eugene Oregon, they recommended Dick McIntire in Corvallis Or, anybody have any experience?

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Dick McIntire's dad, started the plasticoating at the old Sante Fe Springs plant in 1961.

Dick Jr, of course followed in his dad's footstep.

I have personally known Jr. since 1966.

They painted every Airstream that was made in the California plant.

His experience? Tremendous, more than any other person alive.

His quality of work? Impeccable.

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Dick McIntire's dad, started the plasticoating at the old Sante Fe Springs plant in 1961.

Dick Jr, of course followed in his dad's footstep.

I have personally known Jr. since 1966.

They painted every Airstream that was made in the California plant.

His experience? Tremendous, more than any other person alive.

His quality of work? Impeccable.

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Can't get a better recomendation than that. ::::starts stealing wife's grocery money::::
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:12 PM   #6
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Do they repair the plastic coat or remove it then redo it? jonathan
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Do they repair the plastic coat or remove it then redo it? jonathan
Plasticoat lasts 5 to 6 years, and then is dead.

You cannot revive dead plasticoat.

The trailer must be stripped, cleaned up, and repainted.

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Does the plasticoat degrade because of sunlight--if kept undercover will the plasticoat last much longer?
Can an auto paint shop do a decent job of acrylic clearcoat?
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Does the plasticoat degrade because of sunlight--if kept undercover will the plasticoat last much longer?
Can an auto paint shop do a decent job of acrylic clearcoat?
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Once plasticoat is exposed to UV for a few days, the aging process starts. If the trailer is kept undercover, it might last another year, beyond normal. This is an average age.

Auto paint shops normally deal with steel and plastic parts to paint.

Painting aluminum properly, is very different, especially on an Airstream.

First, all the old plasticoat must be removed.

No acid is to be used. Sanding, not scuffing, but sanding with 120 to 150 girt sandpaper is a must.

Then 2 coats of epoxy primer should be applied.

Let the primer out gas for 3 or 4 days.

Now you have a substrate that has bonded properly.

You can now apply whatever color paint you want with at least two double wet coats. High quality paints should be the only choice.

Then, immediately, two double wet coats of clear should be applied.

That will give you a paint job that will last 20 years or more, as long as you wax it once a year.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:34 PM   #10
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Sounds good.

Does anybody have a number for Dick McIntire?

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Thanks Andy--I won't pay more for indoor storage.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:55 PM   #12
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I delivered my 28Ft Excella to Dick Mcintyre last week to have the clearcoat redone.
Dick is located 14 miles south of Corvallis, Oregon. This will be his last job this year s he wont do them between October and late April due to weather.
Dick had two Airstrams there that were recenly finished and to say I was impressed was an understatement. His attention to detail is fanatical.
I will pick it up around Oct 4th as his turnaround time is two-three weeks.
As dick stated he wants them to look like they did when they rolled off the assembly line.

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Old 09-21-2009, 08:24 PM   #13
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There are other benefits to indoor storage other than the clearcoat . One I can think of is if you get a leak and it is left outside unchecked for the winter, you may not have much of a floor left or worse. Not sure how much more indoor storage is where you are though...
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I delivered my 28Ft Excella to Dick Mcintyre last week to have the clearcoat redone.
Dick is located 14 miles south of Corvallis, Oregon. This will be his last job this year s he wont do them between October and late April due to weather.
Dick had two Airstrams there that were recenly finished and to say I was impressed was an understatement. His attention to detail is fanatical.
I will pick it up around Oct 4th as his turnaround time is two-three weeks.
As dick stated he wants them to look like they did when they rolled off the assembly line.

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We were at Dicks yesterday and your airstream does look it just came off the line. Its beautiful looks like a new airstream. We did not see the inside but the out side looks great!

We took our Bambi to him. He's a great person and had good advise at least in our case. I've only heard good things about him. This was our first time meeting him. He knows one heck of a lot about airstreams.
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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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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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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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I have a dumb question - what is the purpose of clear coat? Is it to keep the aluminum from oxidizing?

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