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Old 09-21-2011, 04:55 AM   #1
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Newbee Clearcoat & Corrosion Question

We just bought an 02 Safari 25 and we are totally new to the AS community. Replacing our "white box" TT with an AS has been on our wish list for many years and we are extremely excited with the new rig. I have been reading several of the longer threads on clearcoat and need some minor help.

We have some areas up high where the clearcoat is gone. The areas without clearcoat appear to have what I would call normal oxidation for aluminum. I am not an aluminum expert, I have just owned an aluminum Grumann canoe since 1980 and have watched it go from new to it's present state of oxidation for 31 years.

Assuming that you keep your AS washed and waxed properly, is the loss of clearcoat anything other than a cosmetic issue? Our AS will be stored in a pole barn built for our old TT. I have been reading threads that go into all of the corrosion issues of the AS and am starting to worry about this clearcoat shedding and the general corrosion issues of an aluminum trailer.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:19 AM   #2
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Storing the trailer under a roof will do more than just about anything else to preserve your Airstream. The oxidizing can be kept in check by waxing and it is only cosmetic. It would take many many years for it to become a structural problem.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:19 AM   #3
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Walbernize It

Welcome aboard!
If you have a pole barn, your trouble are over.
The remaining clearcoat will be protected from UV rays, and you should see no more loss.
Do a detailed cleaning of the entire exterior, then use Walbernize to wax it, both where you have clearcoat and where it has failed.
Do this every year.

An Airstream kept under cover rarely exhibits the clearcoat failure that we see in those stored in the sun and rain.
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