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Old 06-09-2023, 04:05 PM   #1
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Flitz Ceramic Sealant

Those who have stripped and polished their vintage Airstreams know the polished surface degrades rather quickly with rain, birds, bugs, leaves, and residual deicers on wet highways. I've been looking for some corrosion protection to reduce my "maintenance polish" efforts.

I have tried automotive polymer waxes and I tried Sharkhide. The problem is these products leave a "haze" on the polished aluminum surface. So I decided if the product I select can be applied to a mirror without hazing it, then it would be worth a try on my polished vintage Airstream. YouTube videos show people applying it to their windshields. That convinced me it is worth a try.

My bet "nano particle" ceramic coatings have been improved over the years. Well I found this Flitz Ceramic Sealant in a spray bottle. Flitz international is a USA company that formulates all kinds of polishes and sealants. I purchased a bottle and have applied it to my wife's 86 Limited 34'. I messed up at first by applying too much product, and it did leave some "greasy" hazing. I contacted Flitz and they straightened me out. Instead of spraying the product on the trailer, spray one shot on my microfiber rag and apply the product that way. That process greatly reduced the minor hazing I was getting. Less is more here. And they told me to try wiping off the hazing with a damp rag, and that worked well also.

The Flitz Ceramic Sealant leaves the polished aluminum very "slick" so water will likely sheet off. The protection is expected to be about a year. But it so easy to apply I am happy to do it every spring.

That's my story, and I'll report back on how well it works after towing the trailer in a rainstorm.

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Old 06-10-2023, 11:03 AM   #2
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Interesting David, you are always thinking. I've used Flitz products for years but was not aware of this one. Any info on other application recommendations, in particular sunshine? My current product is Eagle-One All-surface nanowax, two reasons:no dry time or hazing and it can be applied in direct sunlight. Seems to be doing well after 2 years. Will be interested to hear updates.
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Greetings mrdes8: My thinking usually gets me in trouble, big trouble. There is no "don't apply in direct sunlight" written on the bottle. But I don't know for sure. They do say wait two days before applying a second coat, which I plan on doing. They do say the temp should be between 40 and 80 degrees F for best results.

We shall see if the product works as advertised.

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Well, it seems to guard against corrosion pretty well. I have it on my tow vehicle and it has lasted very well. I did apply it to my polished Airstreams and it certainly easier to apply. I wanted to remove the Flitz before I did my "maintenance polish" and found it kinda hard to remove with lacquer thinner. There are several "spray on" ceramic sealants in the auto stores now and they may be about the same thing. I will be using it again this summer. Elbow grease is pretty cheap.

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