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Old 10-15-2004, 09:25 AM   #1
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Clearcote, again?!!!!

Just Bought A 98 Excella In In Great Shape Except For The Finish. The Clear Is Coming Off. Some Places Where The Clear Came Off Are Still
Bright And Others Are Dull. Can I Use Somthing To Keep It From Getting Worse Or Should I Take It All Off And Polish? Also Am Confused About What Tow Vehicle To Buy, Ratings Are High Enough On
1/2 Ton Trucks But Am I Better Off With 3/4? Thanks
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:44 AM   #2
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hey cactus!
everyear trailer life magazine publishes towing capacities for vehicles....that would be the best place to start...rather then brag about my own rig, you will be able to make your own determination..
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Purchase a couple of cans of Plasticoat, and touch up the spots.

You can strip and recoat the trailer, strip and polish, strip and polish and plasticoat, or strip and paint metallic silver.

The longest lasting and most cost effective choice is painting it metallic silver.

A once or so a year wax job, will assist the paint life to 20 years or more, depending on the kind of paint, the quality of the paint, and how the metal was prepaired for the paint.

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Old 10-15-2004, 09:45 AM   #4
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Just Bought A 98 Excella In In Great Shape Except For The Finish. The Clear Is Coming Off. Some Places Where The Clear Came Off Are Still
Bright And Others Are Dull. Can I Use Somthing To Keep It From Getting Worse Or Should I Take It All Off And Polish? Also Am Confused About What Tow Vehicle To Buy, Ratings Are High Enough On
1/2 Ton Trucks But Am I Better Off With 3/4? Thanks
Welcome Cactus. Use the search button and (enter towing) take a peek at some of the many posts regarding towing. I am sure that you'll find the info you are looking for.
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Old 10-15-2004, 10:40 AM   #5
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Purchase a couple of cans of Plasticoat, and touch up the spots.

You can strip and recoat the trailer, strip and polish, strip and polish and plasticoat, or strip and paint metallic silver.

The longest lasting and most cost effective choice is painting it metallic silver.

A once or so a year wax job, will assist the paint life to 20 years or more, depending on the kind of paint, the quality of the paint, and how the metal was prepaired for the paint.

Andy
WHERE DO I BUY THIS PLASTICOAT?
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Why not order it from Andy at Inland RV. Inland RV has a website. I've found Andy's service to be first rate and I appreciate his expertise here on the forum.

If not ordered from Inland, then check with either another Airstream dealership or with Airstream, Inc. From experience, I can tell you that not all Airstream dealerships carry Plasticoat. You'd think they would, but they don't.

You can get ploasticoat in aerosol cans as Andy pointed out. The finish will not be EXACTLY like that of the original finish on the surrounding panels, but it will be much better than doing nothing. Without the plasticoat, you will exerience corrosion that is very difficult to get off. By the way, use only the Airstream Plasticoat formulation. Plasticoat is NOT the same as clearcoat used in automotive applications. The expansion and contraction of the aluminum is much greater than that of steel and only the specially formulated plasticoat will stand up for any length of time.

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WHERE DO I BUY THIS PLASTICOAT?
I have to 'second' Inland RV. Call & talk to Andy, I think he wears an aluminum vest & an Airstream logo tie !!!
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