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Old 04-22-2024, 08:07 PM   #1
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Who does your exterior detailing?

I am looking for someone to detail the outside of our 25' FC, I would like them to wash, wax and buff, would an auto detailer be a good choice, or is an Airstream surface to fragile for the equipment that they use?
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Old 04-25-2024, 06:16 PM   #2
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No one here has used an auto detailer?
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Old 04-25-2024, 06:45 PM   #3
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Hope. We do our own - both trailers.

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Old 04-25-2024, 07:25 PM   #4
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Benefits of DIY

There's something to be said for doing it yourself.

I've found things like a water stain on the shade inside of the oval window that needed to be recaulked while washing/polishing our GT. As you go around the trailer you get a sense of things that may need attention.

This year I switched to Glare products; initial process is time consuming but once it's done, touch up maintenance is an occasional application of polish. I even did the roof!

I'm close to 70 and, God willing, will keep doing ours until I can't. "Time I got, money I don't".
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Old 04-26-2024, 06:14 AM   #5
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Jeff,

Agree with your thought process. I'm 67, and washing/waxing our 33 is a killer of a day. I'm using Walbernize, per the manual.

How often do you use the Glare product, and what do you use? I Walbernize twice a year.

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Old 04-26-2024, 07:27 PM   #6
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Jeff,

Agree with your thought process. I'm 67, and washing/waxing our 33 is a killer of a day. I'm using Walbernize, per the manual.

How often do you use the Glare product, and what do you use? I Walbernize twice a year.

Thanks.

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Bill, I was using Walbernize too but switched this spring. Another forum member, Life is a Highway got me started on Glare. His F250 and 30' FC are so shiny you can see yourself in the reflection.

I did my truck first and it looked so good I decided to do the trailer. Glare is actually a polish, not a wax. The first step is to wash your trailer with Dawn. The next step is to use a product called Knock-Out which removes the surface oxidation, water spots and stains.

If your trailer is new(er) you can skip right to Micro-Finish. Last step is the Glare + Professional polish. They claim this will last up to 5 years with minor maintenance (not the full 3 steps). I'll find out!

You can use it on glass, fiberglass and plexiglass. I did the front window sunglasses, shower walls and the interior skin in the galley and bathroom. By the way, Glare is big in the marine and aviation markets too.

If you're interested, give Perry a call at Glare. He's a chemist who developed the product and is a wealth of information about it.

Hope that helps answer your questions!
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Old 05-01-2024, 10:53 AM   #7
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X2 with jeffmc306. I HATE washing/waxing vehicles! But years of maintaing my motorcycles has proven that the close inspection while doing the job has frequently saved my hide (and my $$$). No detailer is going to make a note of unrelated issues noticed while doing the work. I'm inching toward 80 but safety and avoiding expensive, late corrections is so important. And in spite of my dislike for the job, I still like standing back and enjoying the results (and perhaps an adult beverage.)
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Old 05-01-2024, 12:16 PM   #8
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Jeff, you're hired! Just take a short drive up to Minnesota and you can get our teeny tiny 25' done in no time. We will be dining off the roof it looks like. Curious, what is your technique for getting up on the roof? I'm using a tall step ladder but it's a little tenuous.
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Three folks do mine.....

Me, me and me.

I will admit the 30 does seem to take a bit longer than the shorter one did.

Was big into the recommended walbernize super seal first year or so, but it never lasted all that long, though very easy to apply and remove. I eventually went with a good automotive wax, never looked back and never had any issues.
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Jeff, you're hired! Just take a short drive up to Minnesota and you can get our teeny tiny 25' done in no time. We will be dining off the roof it looks like. Curious, what is your technique for getting up on the roof? I'm using a tall step ladder but it's a little tenuous.
Ha! Iíll pack my tools and be there I think Iíll call it ďBiffís Airstream DetailingĒ Ö. Sorry Mr. McFly, Iíll put on another coat.

I have one of those folding A-Frame ladders that gets me high enough to reach the roof. I use a microfiber wash mitt on an extension pole to reach the middle. I also use it to wash the higher parts of the sides and end caps.

Polishing is as far as you can reachÖ. Iíd like to get one of those extending ladders; itís what the Micro-Air EasyStart installer used at Freyburg used with pads to prevent rubbing.

Like others, I started with Walbernize then switched to Griotís Garage Ceramic last year. The Glare products are a game changer from what Iíve used in the past. Going forward all Iíll need to do is maintain with an occasional coat of the polish. YMMV!
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We haven't used a detailer yet on our Airstream, but we have on our other RVs. I reached out to our preferred RV detailer, asked them if they were familiar with Airstreams and how they clean/wax them. Their reply made me comfortable that they will be able to successfully take care of our Airstream for us. We have washed and Walbernized it ourselves once so far and it was fine, but we don't always want to have to do the work.
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Bill, I was using Walbernize too but switched this spring. Another forum member, Life is a Highway got me started on Glare. His F250 and 30' FC are so shiny you can see yourself in the reflection.

I did my truck first and it looked so good I decided to do the trailer. Glare is actually a polish, not a wax. The first step is to wash your trailer with Dawn. The next step is to use a product called Knock-Out which removes the surface oxidation, water spots and stains.

If your trailer is new(er) you can skip right to Micro-Finish. Last step is the Glare + Professional polish. They claim this will last up to 5 years with minor maintenance (not the full 3 steps). I'll find out!

You can use it on glass, fiberglass and plexiglass. I did the front window sunglasses, shower walls and the interior skin in the galley and bathroom. By the way, Glare is big in the marine and aviation markets too.

If you're interested, give Perry a call at Glare. He's a chemist who developed the product and is a wealth of information about it.

Hope that helps answer your questions!
Jeff
Jeff,

Sorry for the long delay. That truck's shine is beautiful! Love the color, too. I will have to think hard about this Glare stuff. Thanks for the detailed reply.

The Walbernize process takes all day, and the Airstream needs it applied every six months.

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