View Poll Results: Filiform Corrosion: What would you do?
Use all available options to remove and repair. 3 33.33%
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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Tail Light Corrosion

I know this has been discussed, but I would like to get the latest advice/treatment that's out there (plus I don't feel like searching the archives forever). I'd like to replace this tail light bezel housing, or remove and strip it to improve the appearance. I don't mind paying, up to a certain point, to get it done right.

On another note, I have a lot of filiform corrosion to treat on the rivet line and near the marker lights. I have heard that that the aluminum on the marker lights doesn't play nice with the shell aluminum, so wondering if those should be replaced when I do the repair (which I still don't know how I'm going to do but have a good idea).

Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:34 PM   #2
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I have tried the spot fix method and not happy with the results. I am going remove my lights and do it properly.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:37 PM   #3
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How do you plan to do it? I was thinking about trying to buy new lights if it looks like it's going to take 20 hours of work.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:42 PM   #4
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Remove the light housing, strip and clear coat. My time is cheap these days so required time is not a factor.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:51 PM   #5
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Another option is to remove the light housing and have the entire housing painted and clear coated. There is a match for the aluminum color, AS is using it on the exterior covers for hot water heater etc. Also, Vinnies Airstream in CA has a post on his facebook page where he has done the same thing for customers. In pictures it looks nice, and should look good for a long time.
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Do you the specifics for the paint match? I saw the repair on Vinnie's page, but there was no mention of the color used. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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I have a sneaky feeling that the labor cost of the paint job would exceed the cost of new light housings.
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:57 PM   #8
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The problem is that a new fixture would do the same thing. We are going to powder coat paint it, hoping to get this result:

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...a2&oe=55706018
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:38 AM   #9
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No need to clearcoat, at least in AZ

I removed my taillights and removed the tarnished clear coat. Once I got them bright again, I just left them uncoated. No problem thus far. See my previous post on this topic.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/t...bi-127371.html

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That looks fantastic! Unfortunately for me, the corrosion was very deep into the metal. We're done, I will be putting them back on soon (pics to follow). I am interested in what you used to seal. Apparently it's putty tape across the top and your favorite RV sealant on the sides.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:51 PM   #11
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Here's what we got. Not too bad.
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I have a new 2014 Flying Cloud less then a year old and I've already got some major corrosion in a number of different locations. I wash it and have waxed it i know four times in the year but it does not seem to help. I was told I should Raise hell with Airstream about this.


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Maybe I missed something doesn't the factory warrant these items, during the first two years?

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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ml#post1450224

Everything about corrosion with our Airstreams is here in this thread. Spend some time, scan the posts. Repair, prevention, products used--all here.


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