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Old 11-06-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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To clearcoat or not clearcoat

I've removed the clearcoat from the taillight housings and bumper on our 2006 19' Bambi. They look great. But now what to do? Should I have them clearcoated or should I just leave them the way they are and apply some sort of wax several times a year to keep them looking good? What do you think? My concern about clearcoating is that it might will fail again and I will have to go through the process of removing it again.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

I did talk to Airstream technical service today and the guy I talked with did not have a strong recommendation either way.



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Old 11-07-2014, 04:50 AM   #2
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I believe the tail light housing corrosion repair was discussed in the huge corrosion on new Airstreams thread. As an owner of a late model Airstream, you may find that thread interesting reading. There is lots of tips on how to keep your Airstream looking good and mitigate the "white worm" filliform corrosion.

I believe folks like Corrosion X for protecting the aluminum on these late model Airstreams. I have stripped off the old clear coat on my vintage Airstreams and have to polish and wax yearly. But just addressing the tail light housings would be much easier. I read one Airstreamer was going through the expense of chrome plating the housings.

So for me, I would polish the housing until nice and reflective, and then keep them "waxed".

There is the huge thread I was referring to.


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Try my post # 1895 on 5-1-2014 on the above thread "new Airstreams and corrosion".

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