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Old 09-25-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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Deep scratch on my Airstream

Hi ! Looking for help to know how to repair a pretty deep scratch on my Airstream. My dealer gave me an acrylic pen but it doesn't put back the colour gray of the aluminium it just protect it to avoid rusting. Is there anything I can do for this. Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:15 AM   #2
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What year and model is it and where is the scratch located, older trailers you can hit it with a deep cut with like F9 or higher compound
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We bought ours lightly used and the PO had parked it poorly, resulting in some fairly deep scratches. I did a lot of research and concluded that there was nothing I could do to restore it to "as new" except replace panels. I decided to just clean and prepare the surface and applied clearcoat for protection. Once you have those scratches, you tend to be less concerned about other cosmetic issues.

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What year and model is it and where is the scratch located, older trailers you can hit it with a deep cut with like F9 or higher compound


It's a sport 2016. It's right on the front panel and it's located over the M of airstream.
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We bought ours lightly used and the PO had parked it poorly, resulting in some fairly deep scratches. I did a lot of research and concluded that there was nothing I could do to restore it to "as new" except replace panels. I decided to just clean and prepare the surface and applied clearcoat for protection. Once you have those scratches, you tend to be less concerned about other cosmetic issues.



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Ok this is what I have realized. Sad but true !!
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If you use it it's going to happen. Try to polish out the surface scratches and be sure to clean and apply clear coat promptly to prevent filiform corrosion on the deep scratches. The corrosion will look really bad, the nicks and scratches you can live with, the Airstream will still look as beautiful as new.
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The only perfect AS trailer is one that is not used; the rest have "patina".

Don't sweat the scratches, it's the tree branches, garage and home overhangs, garage doors and hail that will make you want to cry.

Relax and camp.
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I suppose if you were lucky you could find some sort of automotive touch up pen that might give a good paint match to the original aluminum finish (Maybe AS should sell one!)

But you could just as easily make things look worse! I have tried many different "silver" and "aluminum" paints to find a match for dealing with corrosion issues and yet to find a really close match.

I too have a scratch I ours some some kind person gave me in Flying J carpark. I was sick about it at first but have come to realise that other people are right in that it is going to happen sooner or later, so just accept it as a "beauty mark" or "mark of experience!"

Other than takin as much care as you can, there is nothing you can do to prevent this happening and likely the only thing you can do to repair it to compete satisfaction would be to change the panel which in most cases likely makes no economic sense.

I think I'd just do as your dealer suggests and clear coat the scratch to protect it and prevent filiform corrosion starting at that location. In fact that is what I did.
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No worries about rust...it's aluminum.


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So this is a timely thread! I just returned my 2017 International 30' to the storage yard. As I swung through the entrance gate, I turned a fraction too early and caught the entry gate post with the left rear panel The result is a 16-18" scrape with a slight indentation of the aluminum. After taking a few deep breaths and realizing that no matter how careful you are, $%@& happens, I calmed down, I can live with my "beauty mark". So my question, how do I replace the clear coat that was scraped off to prevent the dreaded filiform corrosion? Thanks for any comments. Jim
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Correct - no worry about rust, no iron / steel involved. However there is a worry about filform corrosion setting in - look it up if not familiar!

Once the clearcoat is compromised , it is significant possibility - look it up! May save you some grief!

For that reason, IMHO, the least you should do to protect it, is to clear coat the scratch. S.A.P.

Just my opinion! I've been wrong before!
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So this is a timely thread! I just returned my 2017 International 30' to the storage yard. As I swung through the entrance gate, I turned a fraction too early and caught the entry gate post with the left rear panel The result is a 16-18" scrape with a slight indentation of the aluminum. After taking a few deep breaths and realizing that no matter how careful you are, $%@& happens, I calmed down, I can live with my "beauty mark". So my question, how do I replace the clear coat that was scraped off to prevent the dreaded filiform corrosion? Thanks for any comments. Jim
Airstream does sell an official touch-up pen for these cases. It's actually a felt-type marker that lays down clear acrylic. In the first post of this thread, the OP says he is not satisfied with how it turned out using the marker provided by his dealer.

I bought the Airstream marker when I visited Jackson Center in 2013 and have used it several times on my trailer. It does go on clear and I think it looks as good as anything could. I have one comment about using it: Don't try to put a second layer on while the first is drying. That will cause the pen to "stick" and make the touch-up more visible.

Some people have used clear nail polish.
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