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Old 05-08-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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Hi Guys, Long time vintage camper owner but just bought
my first AS, a 1977 25' Tradewinds. I like the look of the
all polished up rigs but feel I don't have the time it will
take to do or maintain from what I read, problem is the
clearcoat appears to be off on about half the camper
and in bad need of cleaning but is very dull. Is there
a solution that would allow me to have a "decent" looking
camper with a coulpe days work?? I just don't have
the 200+ hours everybody says it will take? I realize
I won't have that great finish but is there another way??
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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Hi...Just strip it and then just regular washings.
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted
then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Can you take some pics so we can see the condition?
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:01 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums and I applaud your Airstream choice ! There are a few of us with 1977 Tradewinds. If you need any access to owner's or service manuals for your AS, let me know.

Every home needs a dog, and every dog needs a home.

1977 25' Tradewind (with two ... three... FOUR dogs)
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:05 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums, vicron. It will be a big decision whether to live with the finish you have, or commit to stripping and polishing your rig. Lots of folks have shared their experience here - take some time and get comfortable with our search function; you'll find much targeted assistance there.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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