Originally Posted by PhiDor
I notice that Airstream sells a spray can of "Clear RV Acrylic" to make "temporary" repairs. I think I'll buy a can...
the o.p. apparently has a 20 year old trailer, and yours is mid 90s?
these trailers did not come with clearcoat.
they came with PLASTI COAT and as stingr' is suggesting THAT is a totally different coating than NEW units.
MANY solvents will completely STRIP plasti coat and some QUICKLY.
so 'just any wax remover' is NOT good advice on the older trailers UNLESS ya wanna strip the old coating.
garryg' is your unit the alcoa finish or the older plasticoat? 99 was ~ the change over from older to newer, extending up to 2000?
DAWN detergent will strip most waxes, if mixed with water and used to wash the area on the OLDER finish.
on NEWER finish (alcoa clear coat) alcohol, 3m wax stripper and other mild solvents may be used, but DAWN will work on these too...
the small consumer 'cans' a/s sells are intended primarily for the new units
AND for touching up the INTERIOR WOOD WORK acrylic varnish.
sure it can be sprayed on the outside, one can use nail polish, any generic auto touch up paint too.
will this look good, last very long, NOT eat the surrounding plasti cote ?
go for it and post results.
there are 100s of threads on this issue, the differences in coating, how to touch up or NOT touch up and so on.
certainly it's your trailer and please do whatever you want, or put whatever suits you on it.
BUT it might be useful to do some basic research into the issues first; stingr' advice is solid on this, as is the link.
IF you've got decent PLASTI COAT the solvents in generic spray paints MIGHT melt or damage the original coating.
for NEW streams the alcoa applied clearcoat is MORE durable and LESS sensitive to common solvents.
so generic spray paints shouldn't harm the coating, but might look like crap too...
i got a fluffy roller and some odd cans of leftover paints, wanna try these too?
free 2 u, just pick a color and pay the postage.