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Old 09-25-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Very minor blemish

Camping at Crater Lake National Park last week and my spot was pretty tight. Just caught some small branches pulling in on the side.

Very slight scratch , does not seem to have gone through the clear coat as near as I can tell. Can't even feel it when I run my fingers over it.

I tried some Meguiar's scratch remover with no luck, certainly don't want to leave swirls - it's not a big deal and I can live with it after all it can't be new for ever

Any ideas?
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:55 AM   #2
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Doug says to put a coat of good wax on it, which diminishes scratch appearance inside and out.



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Old 09-26-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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The 3M scratch remover kit works VERY WELL.

3M Scratch Removal System, 3M Scratch Remover Kit, scratch repair, remove scratches

I have used it on several areas of the AS as well as vehicles in my household.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:51 AM   #4
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I always carry a branch clipper...big one...in the tool box. Used in those to close to call parking spots. There is no such thing as just brushing any branch along the side or roof without damage. Again, my mantra....if you have to say "I think I can make it".....you can't.
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I know this solution isn't for everyone, but one "fix" is to wear the scratch proudly, like one's first gray hair.

This is a sign of experience, of exploration, of living life to the fullest and not being kept hobbled and safe. Like that first scratch on the tailgate of a new pickup, it causes a brief pang, but then opens the door to a world of discovery and stories.
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I know this solution isn't for everyone, but one "fix" is to wear the scratch proudly, like one's first gray hair.

This is a sign of experience, of exploration, of living life to the fullest and not being kept hobbled and safe. Like that first scratch on the tailgate of a new pickup, it causes a brief pang, but then opens the door to a world of discovery and stories.
Actually that's my plan, as I was receiving sympathetic nods from the rest of the caravan I kept saying "it can't be new forever". I gave it a shot with the least abrasive product I could find. There is no way I'm taking any type of sandpaper to it. I can live with it, I plan on owning this trailer for at least 20 years.
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I can live with it, I plan on owning this trailer for at least 20 years.
That's how we feel about ours. With any luck, this will be the only Airstream we ever own and our kids will inherit it.

We bought a 40 year old trailer so ours came pre-christened with plenty of scratches and a dent or two. An occasional "Was that one always there?" is about all the worry we get out of it. I still remember the gut response to first scratch on our brand new pickup truck 15 years ago, though.
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