Originally Posted by seeleylaker
Trying to get back into Airstreams after a long break (69 Caravel
in the early 80s-a Bambi prior to that). Not having much luck, but have found a trailer close to home that is painted on the exterior. It appears to be a sprayed on automotive finish of some sort. Has anyone had any luck stripping and polishing this type of surface? I'm concerned that the paint was used to cover something that was very difficult, or impossible to polish. Any inputs appreciated. Need to find a trailer, but need to know I can get it restored. Thanks!
Your intuition that there is something awful under the paint is probably right. Some people find it is less expensive in the long term to paint - and less labor than polishing every year or so - have elected to paint their Airstreams. Of course there are always "Silver Argosies" too...
At a minimum it's likely the exterior was sanded to help the paint primer adhere. If you aren't prepared to live with a painted Airstream, I'd say pass this one by. (You might consider repainting it if the old finish is dull or faded, but you'll probably regret even trying to strip it.