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Old 01-08-2016, 07:19 PM   #29
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Terrible paint jobs-
You had to mask it yourself-
Then the paint was dull and chalky-


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Old 01-08-2016, 08:58 PM   #30
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Here in Florida, we are cursed with "Love Bugs" twice a year and they are EVERYWHERE!
They are a mess, but they aren't everywhere thank goodness. Here on the southeast coast the ocean breeze keeps them inland quite a ways. We only encounter them if we drive towards the middle of the state while they are active.
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Yes there are loads of white tow vehicles out there. One reason you notice so many "white vehicles" is because the color is highly visible ( except maybe in a blizzard). Most car insurance companies (State Farm, Progressive etc) encourage choosing white because it's more noticeable on the road & it has actuaries' approval that it is a safer color to select because it stands out on the highway. My 2012 Silverado Crew Cab 2500 HD - 8 foot bed with a white fiberglass topper & a white fiberglass canoe aboard the bed topper is not easily overlooked by the cell phone / texting drivers in FL. I feel safer in it because of the color. I'd much rather wash off dirt than some of my or my passenger's blood.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:49 AM   #32
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Old 01-09-2016, 08:48 PM   #33
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Happy New Year Foiled Again. I think Avion's are heaver than Airstreams. Your new tow vehicle will handle it very well anywhere you go.

White reflects the sun's rays well. They paint the roofs of new Airstreams white with heat reflective paint just for that reason. I may paint my roof white on the 86 someday. That will bode well for you in your southern climate. White shows dirt less than dark colors.

My '13 diesel Ford is black. It looks awful after a few sprinkles on a dusty day. But I don't worry about anymore. Black was okay in Minnesota, but it will be hot here in Colorado. We're just too close to the sun.

Don't worry about your new truck getting dirty. That's what it's for. Run it through a car wash when you fuel it up and forget about making it perfect. It's like us 'enthusiasts" who strip and polish our Airstreams, and then fret about every water spot, bird splash, and bug splat. I used to. I can never keep it "just polished" perfect. So I now worry about something else. My trucks still has some bugs stuck to the grill.

What it it again that Frank is doing to your Avion? Whatever it is, Frank will do it well.

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Old 01-10-2016, 03:30 AM   #34
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Hi, I have three white vehicles and love them. They are cooler in the summer and don't show much dirt. When traveling across this country there are different colors of dirt; Red is the worse. We owned two black vehicles. I would wash them and 30 minutes later, it looked like they were snowed on. Never ever again will I buy a black vehicle. Not to mention how hot they get in Sun light; It doesn't even have to be a hot day to fry you. Go to a full service car wash, they get the bugs off for you. Never ever use tire dressing. More bad than good for your tires. A friend of mine had a tire slip off of the rim, of a motorcycle, on the freeway, because of tire dressing.
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:01 AM   #35
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Never use tire dressing on motorcycles tires for sure!


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The light dust comes off with a duster, which is good money well spent. They work well and it takes only a couple of minutes to go over the vehicle. The spray products will spot clean a bird or bug hit. A cover is a bit of a pain to take off and on with the added problem of cleaning it, but it will reduce the soiling. If you get mudded/bugged up, then it's wash time. Agree, the robowash just won't do the whole job. You need a quick suds up, a hand wipe, a rinse down, a DI final rinse and a run down the road to dry off for about $10 at the spray rack.

The problem we found, is that some of those wash racks do not have the clearance for Glimmer. We have had to be real careful. One up in Montana that we used the year before with the car was almost tall enough. We ended up washing the TV and the front of the trailer. At least we got the big bugs off. Pat
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I like the WD 40 idea.
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:04 AM   #38
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It really works-
And costs less-


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It was my understanding that WD40 was a very heavy oil in a solvent that evaporates quickly. Hence that's how it gets lubrication into tight spaces. Had heard years ago that greasing the front (bug impact zone) was a way to keep the flying debris from sticking. Just not comfortable with the use of a solvent(and grease is a solvent too) on paint or the trailer clear coat. But letting the digestive juices of bugs sit on the finish does not sound like a good idea either. Anyone know the chemistry here? Is WD40 safe for paint? What really is the best way to keep the bugs off? Soap and water at the end of every day? Heavy wax? Magic stuff sold "buy one get one free" on the infomertial circuit? Just wondering? Pat
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You had to mask it yourself...
You didn't HAVE to mask it yourself, but it was tough to see through the windows if you didn't.
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Or you would have random splotches of paint on the chrome and trim-


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