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Old 03-01-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Re-clearcoating our airstream

We're buying a 1989 25' that will need new clearcoating, especially on the upper & roof area. Is this fairly simple with right product & the time to accomplish this? Also, we'd like to rip up the carpet throughout & have hardwood floors with area rugs. Is there flooring other than plywood down & if not, I guess we could do pergo ( or what? )
Thank you ahead of time for any input & this retired fella & his lady are ready to see the country. Ray
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:57 AM   #2
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I had the upper half of my 34' recoated last summer. This is the best place to take it you want some else to do it.
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I had the upper half of my 34' recoated last summer. This is the best place to take it you want some else to do it.
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I've know a couple of folks who have had their trailers coated there. They do good work.

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Old 03-01-2008, 12:51 PM   #4
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We're buying a 1989 25' that will need new clearcoating, especially on the upper & roof area. Is this fairly simple with right product & the time to accomplish this? Also, we'd like to rip up the carpet throughout & have hardwood floors with area rugs. Is there flooring other than plywood down & if not, I guess we could do pergo ( or what? )
Thank you ahead of time for any input & this retired fella & his lady are ready to see the country. Ray
Hi Ray,
Clear coating your trailer is not hard at all. Actually, it's very easy. The hard part is getting it ready to do so. I can't tell you how long it's going to take to strip and prep the trailer, that would depend on type of finish you want. But once your done with the prep, to apply a couple good coats of Sharkhide Metal Protectant to a trailer your size normally takes me far less than an hour per coat. It's simply swiped on with a white cotton baby diaper. Then once you've applied the Sharkhide, just soap and water to keep it clean, and once every few years, you simply swipe a new coat over the old. That's pretty much it.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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We're buying a 1989 25' that will need new clearcoating...
hi korn' and goodluck sorting out the new 'stream makeup!

don't get confused by travelin' cook pot salesman...

with the 'next great coating' which will NOT look like the original.

YOUR trailer had plasti-coat on it NOT clearcoat.

so search the sub forum (exterior restoration) using JUST the word plasti coat.

LOTS of info will appear.

REALLY IT'S MISLEADING that the mods have tagged this subsection 'clearcoat'

because the product used for decades does NOT carry this name.

only '99 and later models have a clearcoat finish, which alcoa applies during panel production.

the a/s applied plasticoat IS still available for your unit, in a couple of recipes.

but the cost of doing this job properly can run into several 1000 $ easily.

another option IS a high quality, flexible silver paint job.

which can last much longer than plasticoat, and again is well covered here in other threads.

there are at least 2 shops in the north west who can prep and refinish your trailer...

again it's more expensive than most people realize, so many buying 80s units just live with the 'look' as is....

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Old 03-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #6
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hi korn' and goodluck sorting out the new 'stream makeup!

don't get confused by travelin' cook pot salesman...

with the 'next great coating' which will NOT look like the original.

YOUR trailer had plasti-coat on it NOT clearcoat.

so search the sub forum (exterior restoration) using JUST the word plasti coat.

LOTS of info will appear.

REALLY IT'S MISLEADING that the mods have tagged this subsection 'clearcoat'

because the product used for decades does NOT carry this name.

only '99 and later models have a clearcoat finish, which alcoa applies during panel production.

the a/s applied plasticoat IS still available for your unit, in a couple of recipes.

but the cost of doing this job properly can run into several 1000 $ easily.

another option IS a high quality, flexible silver paint job.

which can last much longer than plasticoat, and again is well covered here in other threads.

there are at least 2 shops in the north west who can prep and refinish your trailer...

again it's more expensive than most people realize, so many buying 80s units just live with the 'look' as is....

cheers
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Have you tried the cookpot salesman's stuff to qualify it as a cookpot salesman's stuff Mr. 2air? Just wondering.
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:15 PM   #7
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Have you tried the cookpot salesman's stuff...
no i'm still busy burning lighter fluid on my freshly waxed ferrari...

and tripling mileage with a teflon coated engine.

the point is replacing or matching the ORIGINAL plasticoat.

which is a different issue than stripping, polishing or trying other stuff.

but don't ya think taking a cotton rag soaked in magic sauce is somewhat different than a professional applied finish?

gee maybe the factory should be going this route.

now back to korny's other question about flooring...

there is nothing under the carpet but plywood.

and the carpet extends wall to wall UNDER the entire interior

and is primarily attached at the perimeter only.

so it can be removed from open floor areas easily and replaced with other flooring....

but trim/edging is an issue.

there are lots of tips, tricks and photos in the flooring subforum.

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Old 03-01-2008, 04:18 PM   #8
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Clearcoat, clear acrylic, plasticoat or plastikote, are all one and the same.

It depends on what you want to call it.

The labels on the gallon cans of the current outside coating, says CLEAR PLASTIKOTE.

The labels on the spray cans say CLEAR ACRYLIC.

Be aware that automotive clear paints, are far removed from the paint that Airstream has used in the past.

The present plasticoat, is not available, not even to Airstream.

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Clearcoat, clear acrylic, plasticoat or plastikote, are all one and the same.

It depends on what you want to call it...
well that is a great point andy! spelling counts here.

now plasti-kote is registered trademark/brand name.

so is the product used to re-coat units OLDER than 1999...

actually made by the plasti-kote company folks?

btw the small cans of touch up 'clear acrylic' sold by a/s is also what's suggested to touch up to the oak/hickory WOODWORK...

so i'm not sure it is very good on exterior issues, since it hasn't worked well on the interior 4me.

i've got a can IF ne1 wants it...

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Old 03-01-2008, 04:39 PM   #10
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well that is a great point andy! spelling counts here.

now plasti-kote is registered trademark/brand name.

so is the product used to re-coat units OLDER than 1999...

actually made by the plasti-kote company folks?

btw the small cans of touch up 'clear acrylic' sold by a/s is also what's suggested to touch up to the oak/hickory WOODWORK...

so i'm not sure it is very good on exterior issues, since it hasn't worked well on the interior 4me.

i've got a can IF ne1 wants it...

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I have the cans in front of me, and reported accordingly.

I don't wish to deal with semantics, as some may choose to do as an apparent hobby.

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great, and is it made by plasti-kote?

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that's a simple question, which doesn't involve price quotes or a service order.

who MAKES the replacement finish?

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great, and is it made by plasti-kote?

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that's a simple question, which doesn't involve price quotes or a service order.

who MAKES the replacement finish?

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What difference does it make, who makes it, unless perhaps your a licensed legal investigator.

You could buy some and find out.

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What difference does it make...buy some and find out. Andy
because this is a KNOWLEDGE SHARING FORUMS...

not a venue just for selling crap.

since my current unit has the alcoa applied clearcoat and neither packaged product is compatible...

i surely don't wanna buy a gallon of plasticoat or plasti-kote.

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