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Old 10-29-2014, 03:40 AM   #15
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So many wax product choices!

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Liquid Glass, a polymer base polish is good also. Does well for me in the south Texas sun.


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I wanted something worthy of my time, never had waxed my coach because I dreaded how much time and how hard it would be. Found Mother's Advanced Spray On Wax. One 32 ounce bottle did the entire surface. You have to shake often, and looks much like Walbernize does. it took me about 5 hours up and down on a ladder, spray on, wipe on/off, buff and my 2006 looks like a new unit. What a beautiful hunk of metal!!!!!!
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:30 AM   #16
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Walbernize the roof?

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This looks like a good thread to ask.... does one Walbernize the roof? Also, how about using Walbernize on interior surfaces?

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Old 11-28-2014, 10:41 AM   #17
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I use glare two times a year and very soft cloth. I have Bambi, wish I could be out doing it now , but we are under blanket of snow. I have found the best way to wax is to start the job while husband sitting nearby with book. I make it look like fun, he takes over, I go shopping. Works and looks great.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:08 PM   #18
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Your 2011 Serenity is a very new Airstream. A quite nice one at that. It has the latest Alcoa applied polymer coating to the aluminum for a nice color and long life. When you refer to "polish", sausage or otherwise, I assume you are referring to a wax product. Polish means 'grit" to me where we polish old aluminum to a mirror like reflection. Your trailer wouldn't be a candidate for that.

So pick the product you like. But do read up on the filiform corrosion that these new trailers experience and learn how to mitigate it. I personally prefer the polymer coatings like NuFinish, Race Car Glaze, Griot's and Meguiar's polymer sealant. Even Cyclo sells one which I have tried, but didn't have the best of luck with it.

However, a Cyclo orbital polisher would make waxing your Airstream a bunch faster and easier on the old shoulder! Take a gander at the Cyclo website.

Your new Airstream coating is somewhat like a automobile paint finish. You don't want to scratch it with a rubbing compound, you want to coat it so rain water and bird poop won't stain it.

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Old 11-28-2014, 07:44 PM   #19
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Thanks David for the information. I bought this trailer damaged (it was on EBay) from insurance salvage. We had some of the lower trim replaced but the main aluminum panels had some stretches. I used Griot's Machine Polish #3 which is a very light abrasive to take a lot of the scratches out of the clear coat (it worked amazingly well with their random orbital polisher and orange foam pad) and finished with their Paint Sealant. I'm very happy with the results and the trailer doesn't hardly looked damaged at all. It was never used inside so we have an essentially new trailer for about 1/2 retail price. Rick
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:47 AM   #20
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Okay, I understand. It sounds like you selected the right stuff to smooth out scratches in your trailer's coating. Maybe others will benefit from your approach if they get a scratch in the coatings on these newer trailers. I think this Alcoa coating was introduced on Airstreams about year 2000 or so. The huge "corrosion on new trailers" thread talks about filiform corrosion on seam edges and other parts and how to prevent it.

You took a chance with this trailer and came out very good. Airstreams are very expensive to repair so I suppose most insurance companies just pay up and try to recover as much as they can through a salvage auction. I suppose your trailer will always have a salvage title which will scare some buyers away.

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Actually, after the repairs I took the trailer to Washington State Patrol for an inspection. It passed and they issued a normal title for the trailer. Rick
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Makes sense. Different rules for different states. In Minnesota, once it's a rebuilt wreck or flood, it's a salvage title. I have minor hail damage on my old Ford van roof. The cost to repair was greater than the value of the van (like $4000), so the insurance company "totaled" it. I towed many, many miles with those minor dents on the roof. But the salvage title devalued the van considerably. The same storm did quite a bit of damage to my Airstream. Those dents devalue it also.

I'm glad it worked out logically for you.

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The repairs worked out well also. The EBay seller had detailed photos of the damage and I sent them to Airstream Northwest. They gave me a ball park estimate of repairs and it came in within $100 of the estimate (except for a bent axle so we are waiting for a new one. About $2000 installed). Rick
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This looks like a good thread to ask.... does one Walbernize the roof? Also, how about using Walbernize on interior surfaces?



Thanks much,

If you look at different posts on exteriors and clear coat, etc., you will find posts talking about the roof turning somewhat chalky and producing white streaks down the sides. So, yes, I would polish the roof. I use liquid glass on the sides so, used that on the roof also. Like the sides after a good coat of polish, it now cleans much easier. Plan on doing the roof once every year or two.


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With new cars the clear coat that has marks can be buffed out with buffing compound and soft buff pad on buffer, maybe can do with AS?
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Let me try again....does the roof get waxed? Is Walbernize the product to use on the roof?
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You guys sound like you have a lot more experience than I do> I have a '65 Globetrotter that needs a bath. I plan to polish it this coming summer. What soap or product and procedure do you suggest to just wash it to get it clean, remove water spots etc.

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Let me try again....does the roof get waxed? Is Walbernize the product to use on the roof?

Again, roof, yes do it. Product of your choice. Walbernize the inside? Guess it would hurt nothing, but why?


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