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Old 04-05-2014, 07:53 AM   #15
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My handle was actually worse, 2013 model. Had it replaced under warranty. Our dealer had to contact Airstream for approval. Our previous Airstream was stored and used under the same conditions and never had an issue.

If you want it replaced they should do it.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:13 PM   #16
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I have a 2012 19 foot flying cloud and has had no exposure to road salt or salt in the air and I have had my bumper,tail light bezels,outside grab handle,replaced under warrantee ,also they polished the outside door hinges, they also replace the plastic range vent (outside) and the outside plastic shower door due to paint pealing, when I got home I notice spider web corrosion on my wheel rims, and the lower chrome belt moulding started to flake off (plastic chrome part )when I washed the trailer, I really think airstream needs to bump up there quality ! As for your outside door handle the inside panels didn't have to come off on my trailer, just one trim around the door and the lighting switches and the 12 volt store or use switch I believe this is how they accessed the outside fasteners, I did however purchased corrosion x and treated my rims,tail lights bezels ,door hinges,bumper and some other parts of the trailer,also the wheels nuts were all replaced because there chrome caps split and were rusty under caps ,
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:11 PM   #17
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I have just purchased a 1970 globetrotter which has such a bad case of filliform in one area there are pin holes in the aluminium. Is there a way to neutralize this?
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:31 AM   #18
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I'm no pro at this aluminum corrosion but keep the trailer clean that is wash it down just in case you live near the ocean and if you take it out early spring and if they use road salt in your area, and use corrosion x on a rag and wipe it over the affected area or any area to protect agains future corrosion .
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:17 AM   #19
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The Corrosion on the handle is easy to fix. This is different than corrosion on the skin as it is solid aluminum that can be polished indefinitely.

It is relatively simple to strip the clear coat off of it, polish it and respray it. This is better than replaceing the handle, it should be quite simple for your dealer to look after.

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Old 04-09-2014, 11:40 PM   #20
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"""I just thought I would post these two photos of the Filiform Corrosion on the entry handle of my 2014 FC 20'."""

You are going to have this problem on all cast AL pieces---handle, door hinges, tail light castings. You can do the dealer thing, or sand the (very poor quality) clear coat off those items with 2000 wet/dry sandpaper and re-clear-coat. I use Nyalic. It's a polymer clear-coat and unaffected by UV. It is thin and flows well, so can be sprayed or brushed. Google Nyalic and but direct. For your use, to save $$, I would buy a couple of spray cans and for the brush work on the small items, like your handle, spray some into the lid, and paint from there.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-10-2014, 12:04 AM   #21
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Great job! They should all come from the factory that way. Thx
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Hi Howard

What is your oldest piece sprayed with Nyalic? Just trying to get an idea of longevity?

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Old 04-10-2014, 08:42 AM   #23
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Hi Andrew. I first used Nyalic on an old set of aluminum outriggers (offshore fishing boat) 6 years ago. They were corroded and pitted. Wire brushed and lightly sanded, then applied Nyalic. The boat still fishes the Gulf of Mexico and they look like the day we finished the project--zero recurrence of corrosion, even where pitted before. Nyalic is a polymer and is softer than acrylic or lacquer so it will scratch easier, but I see no break down from salt or UV. The oldest trailer repair is going on two years.
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This is a very good looking job - will have to look into this product!
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"""I just thought I would post these two photos of the Filiform Corrosion on the entry handle of my 2014 FC 20'."""

You are going to have this problem on all cast AL pieces---handle, door hinges, tail light castings. You can do the dealer thing, or sand the (very poor quality) clear coat off those items with 2000 wet/dry sandpaper and re-clear-coat. I use Nyalic. It's a polymer clear-coat and unaffected by UV. It is thin and flows well, so can be sprayed or brushed. Google Nyalic and but direct. For your use, to save $$, I would buy a couple of spray cans and for the brush work on the small items, like your handle, spray some into the lid, and paint from there.Attachment 209313Attachment 209314
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Looking at the Nyalic website I see they sell complete kits with strippers etc - wonder if it's work the ext a $$ or just order a couple spry can's?
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Looking at the Nyalic website I see they sell complete kits with strippers etc - wonder if it's work the ext a $$ or just order a couple spry can's?
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You don't need the stripper, ect stuff. If you plan on doing just a little spray and some artist brush touch up work, the spray can will do it. Years ago we ordered pint, spray cans, and Tuff Prep/cleaning compound. Used the compound on the outriggers as they were corroded and pitted bad. But just an ever so lightly sanded and clean surface is all that's really needed for our use. Remember, it's a polymer and needs a full month to cure. It's dry to the touch in 10 min, but don't polish for at least a few weeks. Also, even though it's hardened steel against UV and salt, etc, it is softer than acrylic or lacquer. More solvents will mess it up too. Paint thinner, normal cleaners, naphtha are all OK. No lacquer thinner, acetone or even alcohol. So if you are going to reseal anything with AcrylR or ParBond, do that first so you can clean up with Alcohol--then apply your Nyalic.
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I think refusing to replace the handle (what, $25 max?) is just wrong. I've camped most of the past year with my 2013 and don't have any corrosion. Your handle, just months old, is obviously defective. Seriously, if they (Airstream) don't replace it I'd take them to small claims court just to make them spend $$$ on someone to travel out and defend their position.
More like $.66 FOB china.
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