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Old 03-17-2005, 09:05 PM   #1
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At a recent RV show, a factory rep said that for the past few years the aluminum panels came with a baked on clearcoat finish rather than the previously Airstream applied spray on finish.
He was unsure of when this began.
Anyone have an idea of what year Airstream began finishing their trailers with the new baked on panels?
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:21 PM   #2
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I think I remember reading here on this site that the

year was 1999.
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Old 03-18-2005, 11:46 AM   #3
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Anyone know how long this baked on clearcoat is supposed to last?
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Old 03-18-2005, 03:42 PM   #4
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clearcoat sprayed on or baked

i have a 2002 which is pealing in multiple places-contacted airstream and they said i could drive 500 miles ,leave my trailer for 3-5days and it can be refinished in tucson at oasis--the catch THEY WON'T PAY FOR IT. i would have thought the "new and improved "finish would last greater than 3 yrs.
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Old 03-21-2005, 04:26 PM   #5
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Wow! That's not long at all. I would have thought the new process begun in 1999 is superior. Maybe just easier to assemble at the factory?
Any suggestions on how to preserve a fairly new clear coat?
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Old 03-21-2005, 04:52 PM   #6
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Wow! That's not long at all. I would have thought the new process begun in 1999 is superior. Maybe just easier to assemble at the factory?
Any suggestions on how to preserve a fairly new clear coat?
It seems like if the coating is breached, it will start the peel from the inside out. A lot depends upon environmentals, where the trailer is stored, how often is it washed. Salt exposure, bird droppings, acid rain, UV, etc., all have an effect. Do you wax it, Walbernize it? I think all of these contribute to the life expectancy of the clearcoat.

The factory went to the prefinished panels because the EPA forced them to change clearcoat forumlas due to emission requirements. Once they started screwing around with the forumlas, things went to hell in a handbasket.

While there are some with problems with the newer finish, its nothing like what was occuring on the trailers built in the 90's.

I know I wash my trailer before every outing and after every outing. It gets Walbernized in the spring and again before storage in the fall. My 2001 was in great shape at trade in time, and I expect the same with my current unit.

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Hi, I am kind of new here and an Airstream wannabe. I frequently read the forums to learn about Airstreams. I hope you don't mind me asking stupid questions, but what exactly is the clear coat for? Is it just to keep the aluminum from oxidizing and keep things shinny, or does it serve some other purpose? Does Oxidized aluminum look that bad? Seems like a lot of work if it just lasts a few years.



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Hey Sky, go to
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=15810
There is some good discussion there. Also check out the other threads in the Exterior Restoration Forum.

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spoke to airstream service after alcoa contacted them for me. he said the coating on the newer trailers was ppg 1000.
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What is ppg 1000?
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Don't look under Pittsburg Paint Group, I think it stands for poly(propylene glycol) with medium (1000) molecular weight.
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Even amoung the various Polyurethane paint systems used as marine coatings - clear coat is not used as it contains no UV filtering agents - and therefore breaks down quite rapidly in the noon day sun ! In some applications Clear Coat and Color coat may be mixed to give a somewhat ' softer' appearence to the finish - but it too breaks down more rapidly than a pure color coat finish.
If anyone knows of a clearcoat with UV filtering agents - I would sure like to hear about it .
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I made a strip canoe with a clear epoxy finish. The epoxy has no uv protection and I had to use a clear poly with uv. If anyone knows of a user friendly clear finish for bare aluminum I would for one be glad to hear. The clear poly had a nice amber tone which was fine for a wooden boat, but not for an aluminum trailer.
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