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Airstream Buff & Shine

May 29, 2020 | Trailer

Buff and Shine: Restoring a Tired Airstream to Its Former Glory

Transforming a neglected Airstream requires dedication and meticulous care. This particular 30-foot trailer sat idle for over 30 years, accumulating layers of grime and oxidation. Restoring its iconic shine involved numerous applications of rubbing compound, polish, and meticulous buffing with a polishing wheel. It’s a labor-intensive process, requiring roughly 50 man-hours to achieve a respectable finish!

The cost of such a transformation reflects the time and effort involved. Expect to invest around $6,000 for a complete 30-foot trailer restoration. However, there’s no shortcut to achieving the Airstream’s signature brilliance, and the investment pays off in lasting value.

Maintaining a pristine Airstream doesn’t require such intensive work every year. Regular maintenance, including replacing sealants around seams, doors, and windows, significantly reduces the risk of water damage and keeps costs down. Proper care ensures your trailer not only looks stunning but also functions reliably, preventing unexpected issues and maximizing your travel enjoyment for years to come.

Here’s a before-and-after example of an Airstream we restored in our shop after thirty years of neglect dulled its signature sheen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seals eroded and became moldy, mossy, and discolored too.

 

Oxidation turned the entire trailer into a dull gray.

 
2nd application of polish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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