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Old 12-17-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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How to clean airstream travel trailer?

what products to clean exterior with and how due to shape of airstream?

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OK, depends on how cruddy it is..........and how old.........most likely U gonna get wet doing it. If it average cruddy I recommend go to a good hardware store and buy something called "Tri Sodium Phosphate" TSP for short. It comes in a bag as a dry powder something like salt. U mix it with water and scrub the whole surface of the trailer with it. Depending how strong U mix it it will remove everything from bugs and tree sap to enamel paint. Wear clothes U don't want anymore! Bathe well immediately as it is somewhat caustic. Rinse the trailer well. If that don't do it then U need to go to a paint store and get a product called "Metal Etch" That's a mild acid and protective clothing is necessary. Neither product will make yer airstream look brand new without applying a coat of clear laquer or varnish after cleaning. Rinsing window gaskets and seals is a must after using either product. I used a sponge mop and tsp on mine and never bothered with clear coat........looked fine with normal washing for abt 10 yrs after..........If the blue stripes are faded or oxydised U nay need to repaint them.

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Old 12-17-2007, 05:24 PM   #3
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:50 PM   #4
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And that same "mild" acid also gets under the rivets heads, and causes long term water leaks.

Where are those water leaks?

Under the rivet heads where you can't see them.

We have replaced thousands of rivets, to solve that problem, and in rare cases, had to replace the sheet metal as well, since the oxidized holes around the rivet shanks, where huge.

No acid to the aluminum exterior, "EVER."

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Any way to write a correction there?
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