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Old 04-16-2024, 08:37 PM   #1
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Scratch on door from hitting open window

Unfortunately, I opened my door, when the window immediately in front of it was partially open, and the window left a mark on the door. It is a brand new trailer and of course, I am furious at myself for making that one mistake.

There is not a dent...just a mark that was left...I will post a picture of it. I tried using Goo Gone...but that did not do anything. I'm hoping that it is just material from the edge of the window that transferred onto the aluminum.

I'm posting here in the hopes that someone out there will read this, and that the same thing has happened to them. And maybe, just maybe, they found a way to remove or buff out that mark?

Thank you!
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Old 04-16-2024, 10:01 PM   #2
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Itís like the first scratch the new car got in the parking lot. Let it go.

Buffing or polishing it will only burn/remove the clearcoating and make a bigger mess.
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Old 04-16-2024, 11:23 PM   #3
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From the photo, it looks like the Plasticoat finish on the aluminum has been scarred. In fact, at the bottom right of the damage it appears some of the coating has been stripped off down to the bare aluminum.

Minor surface scratches of the coating that you can't feel with your fingernail can be mitigated with a mild finishing polish but, as mentioned above, in this case trying to polish out that damage would probably do more harm than good. Sorry this happened.
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Old 04-17-2024, 05:56 AM   #4
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Just an idea....

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f38...hes-68104.html
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Old 04-17-2024, 07:35 AM   #5
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Clear coat pen to touch it up.
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Old 04-17-2024, 07:37 AM   #6
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Ouch! Sorry that happened. Looks pretty deep from the picture and I donít think there is much you can do.
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Old 04-17-2024, 08:19 AM   #7
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Just the start of scratches to come...tree branches, rock dings, things that seem to find your trailer like a magnet. If you use it, it's hard not to abuse it. Go places and enjoy!
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Old 04-17-2024, 09:07 AM   #8
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Thatís where your new Airsteam sticker goes to cover it up. Get a clear coat pen from Airsteam to cover the scratch first.
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Old 04-17-2024, 09:17 AM   #9
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Last year I had a branch go down the side of my 30 ft. Classic creating a visible line and I used Turtle Wax Scratch Repair and Renew which took out over 90% of the line then I used a ceramic sealant on the full trailer. I used the Turtle Wax product by hand and tried a small area first. I was not prepared to live with the scratch but now it is tolerable.
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Old 04-17-2024, 09:40 AM   #10
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You're not alone, same thing happened to me! Based on recommendations I found on Airforums, I ordered Glare Polish Micro-Finish & Shine Solution. (I ordered it from Walmart, but shop around for the best price.) It worked great, as you can see from the attached before and after collage. I have since also covered the remaining scratch with the clearcoat pen from Airstream. Good luck! -Ari
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Old 04-17-2024, 10:32 AM   #11
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A few years ago I read in a similar thread a post about how the owner named his trailer's nicks and dings. His first ding, the hardest to get over, happened in the world's first national park.
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Old 04-17-2024, 05:02 PM   #12
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You're not alone, same thing happened to me! Based on recommendations I found on Airforums, I ordered Glare Polish Micro-Finish & Shine Solution. (I ordered it from Walmart, but shop around for the best price.) It worked great, as you can see from the attached before and after collage. I have since also covered the remaining scratch with the clearcoat pen from Airstream. Good luck! -Ari
Hey, Ari!

Thank you! Your scratch looked similar to mine, and your before and after photos are impressive! Since I first posted this, I made an appointment at the the Airstream dealer for next week...not for this scratch, but for other items that came up during my trip. However, while there, I will ask for their professional opinion.

I will look for that Glare Polish Micro-Finish and Shine Protection the next time I am in Wal Mart, which is pretty often these days...
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Old 04-21-2024, 04:22 PM   #13
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I use Griot's Products for all scratches

Griot's is a great product found in Auto Stores. They have plenty of videos on how to buff out and remove scratches with various products. Mine have not been that deep, but I find the Griot's product line to be spectacular. We use the Ceramic Coating Washing product they have for washing the coach. We use the drill polishing system to apply product. We apply the Complete Compound for buffing out the scratches. We use the One Step Sealant to finish the polish. Good luck.
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Old 04-21-2024, 09:55 PM   #14
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I got the same scratch. You wonít notice it after a while.

I asked the dealer while we were there and then forgot the price because it was so high.
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Old 05-04-2024, 09:33 AM   #15
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Follow Up and Ultimate Solution

I went to Blue Compass RV in Lexington, SC and had this scratch on my punch list. They are also an Airstream Body Repair shop...so they had some expertise.

The technician told me he tried to buff it out...which included applying some sort of compound. But the compound failed to adhere. Afterwards, the scratch looked somewhat "better", but was still there.

So I did the cheap easy fix...I put a ZipDee sticker over it.
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Nice!

I should design a custom sticker for mine. Something to the tune of this should be a port window. Or this sticker covers the most common scratch on Airstreams.

I am just glad the window didnít get broke and my kids have seemed to learn the lesson and havenít hit it again.
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Old 05-08-2024, 09:58 PM   #17
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A tasteful decal (Band-Aid) covering the scratch will work. Smiles and conversations guaranteed.
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