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Old 01-14-2004, 11:25 PM   #15
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Wheel,

Frankly, I was lucky. About 3 weeks ago it was 50. So I washed and Walburnized it. The next few days were also about 50 with lows in the high to mid 30s....

Now as for the Bambi. I first washed and wax it at the end of March as it was then above 50 for about 2 days. I picked it up in Feb. Then it got colder again. Once it got above 50 I washed it another 3-4x and Walburnized it about the same.

At the current temps though, it's just not possible.

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Old 01-14-2004, 11:32 PM   #16
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Big Dee,

I fear it might not be plasticoat depending on the month constructed. I would be VERY interested in knowing for sure, unless you are 110% on it. I bet you are right, but my gut tells me that as in the past they have carried some of the current model year well into the early prev year( as we all know the next year starts about April). Only the factory know s for sure based on the VIN#. That said, I'd really want to be sure as I have seen some (mostly all) good maintained plastic coats that are about 4 years.....

My observation has been that in most cases the plasticoat if it fails, fails soon, whereas the clearcoat dies fairly early (1-3 years) depending on conditions.

Case in point...there is a forum member with an '03 where the plasticoat has begun to fail.

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Old 01-15-2004, 10:11 AM   #17
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I'll find the VIN and send an email today to the factory. I am really wondering now what it is.
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Old 01-15-2004, 10:15 AM   #18
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Let us know what they tell you.

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Old 01-15-2004, 03:06 PM   #19
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Congrats on the new arrival to your family!!

The fun is just about to begin!!

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Old 01-16-2004, 10:10 AM   #20
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The factory said my safari has plasticoat. It was built June '98. They said to keep it waxed to help protect it til I can strip and recoat. I hate to think how much $$$ that will cost.
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:50 AM   #21
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Silvertwinkie and / or anyone else,

Just to keep my mind clear on this subject. Is the Newer coating that Alcoa is putting on the aluminum sheets prior to shipping to Airstream called 'Plasticoat'? I don't remember seeing any names associated with the new Alcoa coating.

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Old 01-16-2004, 11:18 AM   #22
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Plasticoat was what was used before the transfer to the Alcoa pre-coated metal.


Rcaldwell what you have is the Precoated metal from Alcoa.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:11 PM   #23
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So if I read this right...I'm was all mixed up.

I was under the impression that pre 1999 models had clearcoat and from 1999 up was plasticoat which was the new Aloca finish......

So what I am seeing now is that clearcoat is not even in the picture around the late 90s, but plasticoat was but from 1999 it went to an Aloca finsh.

As for the current finish, it is added to the Aluminum from Alcoa so when Airestream gets the sheets, it's already on there. My bad seems to be that I was calling the newer Aloca finish plasticoat. Does this sound about right?

So now that it appears that the newer Aloca finishes also peel, I guess my next question would be what the vintage folks have known for years.....except it's a new coach..... if the Aloca finish peels as has been suggested here, and you have to strip it, can it then look like some of the vintage units that look like mirrors?

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'Twinkie,

Not sure if will come out as "bright" as a earlier model, but Inland RV has a picture of a later model 34' polished triple that I'd be proud to own!

Here's the link: http://www.inlandrv.com/polishing/

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BTW, when are you going to change the gears on your guy? I am disappointed each time I don't see a 4th gear scratch!
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:43 PM   #25
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Cool, thanks for the link......as for the little guy, you just assume he's in third.....when in reality....he's skipped 3rd completely and still catches screams going into 4th!
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:32 PM   #26
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Porky,
I was at the RV show this weekend and talking with Glen. He mentioned he had a 30' Classic to prep for delivery on Monday. I said "isn't it a 34' Classic SO" and he said "oh, yea it's a 34' foot". I told him I knew whose it was and he was dying to pick it up last week but couldn't because of the show. i told Glen he'd better do it first thing Monday morning and he said he would. So he knows your eager and coming...

BTW, I couldn't stand it when looking at the show and traded up for 30' Classic SO. It's on order from factory. Now it's my turn to wait.
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Thanks Big Dee .. and congrats on ordering a new Classic ... way to go! What's the lead time now?

Petunia & I are pretty pooped .. been getting ready all day for the early morning journey to Los Banos.

I think we have everything ... but I'm sure we'll forget something.

Made reservations at Casa de Fruta .. so we can just haul it up the pass, relax and check everything out.

Also .. a big thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement ... gotta get up at 4 AM .. so we're off to bed.
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Porky -- I know you've been looking forward to this. So much that you must have the fever bad! Some of us have gone across half the country to pull our trailers home. But nobody is going to pack as many peanut butter sandwiches as you will. (AND you will greatly exceed GCWR with this strategy!)

Somebody tell this deluded Airstream seeker that Los Banos is not in California...
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