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Old 06-06-2015, 10:35 AM   #393
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The one, the only Marco! I pulled my Trade Wind out of the garage mid May. It has sat under a tree for three weeks. It's all dirty, tree sap, water spotted and has been hit several times by some gigantic bird with bowel problems. Ahh, nature!

I don't have an ideal climate like southern California coastal areas. Everyone knows Airstreams from the southwest are usually in the best condition. Many folks do a once a year re-fresh with the Cyclo and grade S. My Limited is overdue, but folks would still call it a polished Airstream from a distance. It still has good "reflectivity", or mirror like. The Trade Wind will hold its polish for some time. It's just that they are not like they were when the polish job was done. A polish job degrades every day it is outside.

Cyclo polishing with S takes about 6 to 8 hours on the Limited 34 footer. The Trade Wind will take less. I'm just tired of polishing right now and have moved on to other projects. Let me tell you about the new window screens I installed in the Trade Wind. Gotta keep those Minnesota skeeters out of there.

Hey, put a Cyclo Polisher on your Christmas list. You're gonna need it.

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Old 06-06-2015, 09:03 PM   #394
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Hahaha Thanks David, and yeah, I plan to do a lot of the polishing maintenance myself so yep... Gotta get a doohickey.

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If anyone needs a polishing job in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend www.kingtruckwash.com


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Old 06-06-2015, 10:06 PM   #395
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That looks almost too shiny! and I'm still loving the rims; one day your going to have to tell us what they are....
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:10 AM   #396
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Oh yeah, for the rims just google "baby moon rims" there are about a million to choose from.


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Old 06-08-2015, 05:59 PM   #397
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It like Christmas in June I'll betcha! Beautiful!
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:25 PM   #398
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:20 AM   #399
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Ummmm not quite yet. The inside is still totally gutted


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Old 06-09-2015, 02:35 PM   #400
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I tried replacing the shower pan. Please help.

Hey Marco if you don't mind what did the polish job run you? I ran into a truck polisher who says he has done a bunch here in San Diego, but LA isn't that far away.

Also did you remove clearcoat, remove decals and trim, etc?

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Old 06-09-2015, 08:24 PM   #401
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That just means it's a gorgeous shiny tent for a week trip somewhere.
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Hell yea get out and use that thing.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:27 AM   #404
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I have read that Airstream polishing services are about $100 a foot. It is likely more expensive in large cities. Polishing is highly labor intensive. There is not a lot of skill involved like there is with aluminum welding, cabinet making, or electrical work. I've got 170 hours in my Trade Wind, and at $10/hr that $1700. If I was an employee I would cost a good 30% more than that, so the price is now closer to $2300. And then there is the "rent" cost of the building I was using.

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Old 06-10-2015, 11:18 PM   #405
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Hey Matt, I already had my clear coat off. You can leave the trim and everything on. I had my emblems off too, not sure how they would work around those. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOURS OFF, they are held on with these weird little nuts from the back side and you need to remove the inner skins to get to them. They charged me $2,080 (including the tanks) and I think underestimated the job, in the future she said she will charge me $2,500. There was another place that said $100 a foot, but it was 200 miles away. every other quote I got was pretty crazy. I'd give my place a call, tell them Marco referred you and see what they can do.
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:56 PM   #406
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Thanks for the gouge Marco, I spoke with her and she said $2500, mine is a little bigger than yours but I don't have tanks and the skins that wrap under the trailer are painted.

We will see it will be a little while before I get to that point


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