Hand buffing an Airstream creates a very dramatic effect. It takes a lot of "elbow grease", therefore being a somewhat costly process. Think about the last time you waxed your car, or had it done. Buffing the panels to a mirror finish, then having each panel shine like the next one is not a simple task. Costs depend on the condition of the panels on your trailer, starting at $250 per lineal foot. But, do keep in mind what an Airstream cost new off of the showroom floor ($50,000 to $120,000).
A 16' Bambi.
Scope of work: Replacing one segment panel and polishing.
Recently Buffed & Polished
This 18' Bambi from 1963 had a ton of oxidation on it's panels. It had to be sanded several times to even begin the buffing process. The customer was very happy and is on his way home to Michigan. Can I say, "GO BUCKEYES!!" He won't hear that, I hope...
This is a 1967 24' Airstream that has a hand-polished finish. The awning looks like it has a double because of the relection into the buffed panels of the trailer.
Buffing may on the surface look easy to you, but it takes a lot of work to get the panels polished to the same sheen as the next panel over. These panels have a grain to them. The grain is polished off and then buffed to a sheen. A very lengthy and labor intensive process. We will show pictures of this process as we go along, and of course, the final product.