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Old 05-01-2021, 02:06 PM   #1
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Interest in clear coat "correction"?

I know many pay several hundred dollars for an external "detail", especially after a long trip, or before a rally.

But, as with many trailers that are used regularly, tree branches, dirty scrub brushes, and other items have their way with the clear coat. Resulting in a clear coat that has trailer long scratches, or fine scratches that are very obvious, especially as the trailer ages.

What would be a fair cost you would pay, (obviously there will be fluctuation due to condition before) for an exterior detail, including washing the roof well, cleaning the stainless rock guards, polishing the window protectors, a clay bar treatment ( to remove impregnated contaminants) and polishing the clear coat to correct any scratches that have appeared over the years, and application of a ceramic type product, to make the shine last longer, and cleaning easier later, resulting in a trailer that looks brand new. Regardless of age (keep in mind, if clearcoat is foggy and peeling, it cannot be easily fixed)
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Old 05-01-2021, 02:41 PM   #2
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Interest in clear coat "correction"?

I watched an episode of long long honeymoon on YouTube a few weeks and and they had their 25’ classic ceramic coated at Vinnies North Bay Airstream repair in California.



I believe in the video they mentioned the cost was ~$4k. Looked like new on YouTube not sure what the close ups were like. This example is a lifetime application.

Here is another relevant thread on this topic:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...-168007-2.html

I wash and wax mine every six months. Good enough for me but the trailer is only 4 years old....
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Polishing seems to infer the use of a very mild abrasive. I don’t think I would consider that as the factory clear coat is not particularly thick. Whoever is assigned the task would need to be a very skilled craftsman…

If I had a brand new, $100K plus trailer, I would certainly consider ceramic coating but I wouldn’t spend that kind of $$$$ on my 13 year old lovely but far from perfect Safari.
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@wulfraat This is the project I had in mind when making this post.

I know a TON of work goes into a project like this. and I hope the owners of the trailers understand that as well.

@n2916s. Polish by definition is a very mild abrasive. There are literally thousands of different polishes on the market, some better than others few better than most. With good polish and technique, the end result is astonishing, without diminishing the quality or thickness of the clear excessively. Granted, scratches to metal cannot be fixed, but can be minimized.
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Certainly an interesting project. I wish you nothing but success!
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