Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-24-2020, 11:16 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1965 24' Tradewind
San Diego , California
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 17
Removing Corrosion from Skins

Happy holidays to all. I'm wondering if there is a way to get the corrosion off in the attached pic. I've used Nuvite F9 to repair/remove scratches and gouges, etc. on the front end cap. Huge improvement, but can't get all the corrosion to come off that is between the AIRSTREAM name plate and skin, and the front window rain gutter and skin. Woulnd't be concerned if it was limited to just being underneath and could be hidden. Unfortunately, the corrosion migrated outward and is visible even with the name plate and gutter back in place. I noticed some of the corrosion under the name plate has been completely removed and now you can see the nasty pitting. But, at least it's shiny and looks a lot better than the black corrosion. Running my finger across the black corroded areas around the window gutter, I can tell that it is raised. This is after hours of polishing. I tried sanding with 2000G wet/dry paper in a spot that will be hidden. That brought the area down flat, but still some corrosion in the pitting. The sanding marks didn't come out after about 5 passes with F9, so I haven't continued with that method. Any ideas on how to improve this?

I'm considering "framing" the AIRSTREAM name plate with some alclad that will stick out about 1/2" or so from the nameplate border to hide the pitting around the perimeter. Also considering fabricating a new window rain gutter that will sit about 1/2" taller than the original, which would hide things.

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Front End Cap Corrosion.jpg
Views:	27
Size:	289.0 KB
ID:	385422  
65TW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2020, 11:28 AM   #2
Rivet Master
InsideOut's Avatar

1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,521
Images: 108
Not sure what grit sandpaper you used, but typically for spots like this we started gently with something about 4-600 grit, then worked our way up to 1-2000 grit wet-sandpaper before polishing with the Nuvite. the compound will not remove deep scratches alone.

Otherwise, framing it out as you described would work...

Good luck!

Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | ACI - CO Unit (Formerly WBCCI) | BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I use Corrosion X on brand new trailer to prevent corrosion ILOVESALLY General Repair Forum 33 06-29-2021 10:19 AM
External and Inner Skins have all kinds of corrosion.... Supergrafx77 Ribs, Skins & Rivets 35 03-20-2016 12:59 PM
Corrosion inside of exterior skins - anything to do? Airwave503 General Interior Topics 11 04-17-2015 09:44 PM
removing interior skins Debnw General Repair Forum 6 05-01-2012 06:26 AM
Removing Interior Skins Swanny General Interior Topics 5 07-20-2006 10:39 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.