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Old 12-09-2018, 06:53 AM   #1
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Can the polished look be toned down?

We are looking at some classic Airstream motorhomes. A couple that we are considering have been polished. I am not a big fan of the polished look. I prefer the more subdued (not blinded when sun hits it look) -

My question is how can this be reversed? If you clear coat it does it tone it down? It will be stored in a climate controlled garage so I dont think it will weather naturally very quickly.

I know I am in the minority with this opinion - I did a search and really couldnt find anyone asking the same question.
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This works on aluminum pontoon boats and semi trailers. Restores to a flat “white” finish.
http://www.corrosionx.com/aluma-brite.html
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We are looking at some classic Airstream motorhomes. A couple that we are considering have been polished. I am not a big fan of the polished look. I prefer the more subdued (not blinded when sun hits it look) -

My question is how can this be reversed? If you clear coat it does it tone it down? It will be stored in a climate controlled garage so I dont think it will weather naturally very quickly.

I know I am in the minority with this opinion - I did a search and really couldnt find anyone asking the same question.
These are the people to ask
http://pandstrailerservice.com/
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Just store it outside for a year & that shine will begin to diminish. Personally I would not suggest coating it with anything! you may change your mind later or if you decided to sell it the value would be diminished.



The high polished appearance is hard to maintain! If you simply store it outside by the next season it will need polishing again. Mine takes a few days to bring it back prior to going to rallies.
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Tell us the MH and we might buy one of the shiny ones to help your decision
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Snip Quote..."Just store it outside for a year & that shine will begin to diminish. Personally I would not suggest coating it with anything! you may change your mind later or if you decided to sell it the value would be diminished.

"The high polished appearance is hard to maintain! If you simply store it outside by the next season it will need polishing again. Mine takes a few days to bring it back prior to going to rallies."

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I started to polish, second thoughts intervened... we let MN take charge...looked pretty good when sold 18 Seasons later.
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Can the "Polished Look" be Toned Down?

Greetings sraab928!

Plasticoating as originally applied at the Airstream factory during much of the time that the "Classic" motorhomes were produced will reduce the shine factor of a polish job considerably -- it results in what I would call a warm, reflective glow. I would second the recommendation of P and S Trailer Service in Helena, Ohio. P and S polished and Plasticoated my Overlander more that 10 years ago and it still has its warm glow -- it does need an annual application of Walbernize or other protective wax product particularly if the coach is stored out-of-doors like my Overlander.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 12-09-2018, 09:54 AM   #8
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Thank you all for the helpful replies.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:09 AM   #9
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This works on aluminum pontoon boats and semi trailers. Restores to a flat “white” finish.
http://www.corrosionx.com/aluma-brite.html
Wow I wouldn’t use this on an airstream...on trucks it cleans the aluminum and leaves it clean and dull...then you have to polish it..
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Why not paint it? If you painted all white it would do a better job of reflecting the light, jut like the roof is and does.
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Shark hide... adds a little subtle shading. https://www.eastwood.com/sharkhide-a...ant-quart.html
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I reached out to P&S about 6 months ago and was told they no longer do clear coat (but they're happy to polish for $11K!!!)

Another vote for "just give it a couple years"
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To tone down the polished look, you can always use a green or pink Scotch Brite pad to give a brushed aluminum look. But,I would highly discourage doing this. It would require a lot of elbow grease and hurt the surface of the metal.

Instead just let the aluminum weather over time to give a duller appearance. That’s my $0.00000002 worth of opinion.
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:40 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the options guys - Im currently under agreement to buy a 91 350 LE that has not been polished so we are good there. It does need some clearcoat and paint attention but one mountain at a time.
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To tone down the polished look, you can always use a green or pink Scotch Brite pad to give a brushed aluminum look. But,I would highly discourage doing this. It would require a lot of elbow grease and hurt the surface of the metal.

Instead just let the aluminum weather over time to give a duller appearance. That’s my $0.00000002 worth of opinion.

NO! NO! NO!
I have seen one done this way & it looked like CR@P! not only that it would be extremely -hard to correct the appearance or even make it better.
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