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Old 04-19-2016, 04:26 AM   #15
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I have seen a number of early 60's Door within a Door mirror polished concave doors melt the polypropylene exterior mats, if you park with southern exposure. PP melts at about 350F. Following too close to a highly polished Airstream can be dangerous and painful.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:21 AM   #16
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Reflecting on reflections: the first time we roadtripped after (the first and only time) I mirror-polished my entire '56 AS, I resolved *not* to ever do that again. Nice as it looked when parked, I concluded that I had unintentionally created an actual road hazard. Since then, I still do lightly polish some panels, but never mirror polish any panels any more. Sunlight, especially when low at mornings & evenings, reflected so BRILLIANTLY into my eyes via my TV mirrors that I had to adjust my mirrors into useless positions; I started avoiding driving during those low-sun times of day because of this issue. Angles between the sun and my 'mirror-of-death' Toaster meant that any given panel was capable of blasting sunlight somewhere, certainly bad for other drivers ahead and behind, me too, and annoying, at least, to those to the sides. Not sure why my mirror-polished '56 Airstream is more annoyingly reflective than, say, a polished stainless steel milk tank-trailer. Perhaps a mirror-polished older AS becomes more "mirror-y" than a polished SS milk trailer? Perhaps my AS's angles were 'aimed' more effectively to blast nearby eyes? Anyway, I let the normal road-trip dirt remain on my AS on purpose that trip and, after a couple months, found that my mirror-polish had quickly degraded from "blast-you-blind" to just very shiny, so issue went away soon enough. YMMV. p.s. Yes! Concave curved reflective metal can definitely focus sunlight to heat, even burn; I recall as a boy scout being taught how to cook with a just such a curved sheet of shiny metal --> HOT!
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:03 PM   #17
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The simple answer to the OP's question is, to quote a famous old movie line: "Yes Virginia, & more!"

I have vintage trailer friends who have burned their patio mats, igloo coolers & other items from the concentrated reflection off the polished trailers - & one guy melted the plastic side mirror housing on his car while parked next to the trailer!

That's part of the reason why I've not polished the skin on our 1960 Avion T20 yet, until I have a permanent parking spot with cover worked out. And the PO had it polished initially in his resto, but not by the time we purchased it in 2012 for similar concerns & time to keep it up.

So, Go Shiny with Caution!
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:38 PM   #18
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Even a non polished Airstream can blind other drivers.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:43 PM   #19
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If you have plastic siding on your house, beware of bright reflections on it.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:36 PM   #20
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It's been discussed several times.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...ire-69370.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...ire-56614.html

Another issue I have seen; when a trailer was parked adjacent to a house with vinyl siding. In the concentrated reflected light the siding was heated to the point it melted and sagged.
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Old 04-19-2016, 02:04 PM   #21
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After several years of never getting to wash or polish our trailer, I now realize that was wise and I wasn't lazy. Of course, the finish on newer ones never does shine up like a vintage one. We used to polish it, but polishing something the size of a whale was never fun.

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Old 04-19-2016, 04:42 PM   #22
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Our polished Bambi II has melted holes in 2 poli patio mats. So I make it a point out in the open to park with the curb side to the east to avoid the hot pm sun.
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:26 PM   #23
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This seems to be a true safety hazard! Has anyone contacted NHTSA? Great business idea: anti buffing. 😏
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This seems to be a true safety hazard! Has any contacted NHTSA? Great business idea tho: anti buffing!
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:19 PM   #25
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I did see an episode of CHiP's where the reflection from a large mirror being transported on a glass truck blinded the driver of another truck and caused him to crash.


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Old 04-19-2016, 07:30 PM   #26
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When we had our '67 Safari, I was always grateful while driving at night for the highly polished exterior... never had anyone follow too closely for too long... 😏
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I ruined my Airstream doormat from the concentrated sunlight from my shiny Trade Wind.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:14 AM   #28
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i do not question that the suns rays can be concentrated to the point of starting a fire but I can envision the optical path you describe.

buffed aluminum exterior reflected the sun through a concave curved shaped window and focused perfectly on the ground where my hose was laying...

The trailer exterior is basically convexed and thus would disperse the suns rays. Where was the concaved window with respect to the exterior of the trailer that it could converge to rays?
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