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Old 05-08-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Losing my Mind and Money to a '62 Tradewind

Instead of splattering threads, pictures and questions across the multiverse, I figured it is time to put this frame-off renovation into one long thread.

Fall of '11: Proud owners of a lovely Airstream


Later in Fall of '11:









Winter of '11: Reality Sets In







Fall through Spring of '11 - '12: Polishing









Spring '12: A Fresh Start









8 months down...how many to go??
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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That's hot. I love, love, love the baby blue.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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Looks great! I bet that frame was a lot of work! It sure feels good once it's all reinforced though...
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OK.

I had your blogspot entry bookmarked. Should I switch it to this thread?

As a fellow new-old Overlander owner, I'm a follower.

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:56 PM   #5
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Here is where I need your help if you have ever polished an Airstream.


Here is what I have done so far:
Dewalt Polisher with Jestco's grey abrasive compound bar, then red jeweler's rouge bar. Mineral spirits. Cyclo polisher with Nuvite C, then Nuvite S.

No matter what I do, I can't get that haze to go away. Nuvite S actually seems to make it worse! I used Nuvite C, then S, then wiped it away with a microfiber cloth. Mineral Spirits made it much, much hazier and would not wipe off. What am I doing wrong?


Please help before I lose my Nuvite-soaked mind!
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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OK.

I had your blogspot entry bookmarked. Should I switch it to this thread?

As a fellow new-old Overlander owner, I'm a follower.

John
This is an abbreviated version of my blogspot posts. Less personal (dog) stuff, more Airstream stuff.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #7
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Wow that blue + silver is super hot.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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Great job. I can't wait to see it as it progresses.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:32 PM   #9
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If the haze is caused by mineral spirits, you may not be getting all of the residue off. Soak the rags really well and go over and over and over again with several different rags until the rag stays pretty clean. I take a dry rag and buff it out with an orbital after I've gone over it several times so it shines up.

You did mineral spirits it really good between gray and red???


I have a couple of spots where there is a haze that looks embedded in the aluminum. I'm still trying to figure out how to get those out. I've read nuvite g-6 or gray bar but I know gray bar or white or pink doesn't work. I've also read acid washing the areas. Ugh.

Just a sidenote - in the video the pretty lady with the polisher went for the Lava soap. As a pretty lady with a polisher myself, I'd recommend Dawn dish detergent. It cuts right through the icky stuff and with a good leave in conditioner, you can use it on your hair too.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:17 PM   #10
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If the haze is caused by mineral spirits, you may not be getting all of the residue off. Soak the rags really well and go over and over and over again with several different rags until the rag stays pretty clean. I take a dry rag and buff it out with an orbital after I've gone over it several times so it shines up.

You did mineral spirits it really good between gray and red???


I have a couple of spots where there is a haze that looks embedded in the aluminum. I'm still trying to figure out how to get those out. I've read nuvite g-6 or gray bar but I know gray bar or white or pink doesn't work. I've also read acid washing the areas. Ugh.

Just a sidenote - in the video the pretty lady with the polisher went for the Lava soap. As a pretty lady with a polisher myself, I'd recommend Dawn dish detergent. It cuts right through the icky stuff and with a good leave in conditioner, you can use it on your hair too.
Thanks Starscream! Maybe I wasn't being patient enough. As usual. I know exactly what you are talking about..just a few little spots where the haze won't go away...almost like I wore through the allclad. Is such a thing possible? Also, if you are wondering why my hands look super manly as I wash them with Lava, its because I borrowed my hubby's for that shot I will have to give Dawn a try...thanks for the tip!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:13 PM   #11
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CUTE, oh, and the airstream looks good too! You're not the first who couldn't resist the polisher before the frame off. the frame looks great by the way keep it up and you will be camping before you know it.
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You might want to try the Jestco Pink bar. It's a combo of the white and Red.
I went from gray to pink then cyclo-S. I found that the grey leaves light scratches that give a hazy look, until I used the pink.
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Wow! Beautiful work. I don't think that I got the polishing gene. But I sure do like looking at your shiny trailer. Oh well.

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #14
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Love the blog, and Otis too! Do you mind sharing what kind of compressor (size) and sprayer you're using? You got a nice finish there.. I really like the teal color! I could imagine a cool '50's Chevy truck pulling that.. (hint hint!).

Again, great job!
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