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Old 05-21-2006, 10:34 AM   #701
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Do you intend to post interior photos of the finished product?

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There are quite a few photos earlier in this thread. I can e-mail some to you if you pm your e-mail address.
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:52 PM   #702
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Polishing

Oh no, not another post on polishing....
Got some more polishing done in the last few weeks, mostly compounding and fixing problem areas.
My DeWalt electronic polisher works like a dream, but it is still a bear to do. Fortunaely I found some help with it, so it's not quite as much of a pain.
We're using cotton wheels on edge on a Craftsman polisher with brown rouge for some of the hard to get spots, like around the window frames, and for the window frames themselves. It's a handy tool for areas that are hard to get into, like above the door's eyebrow, and around vents etc.
The results are good so far. I am seeing a nice, deep shine with the usual compounding swirls. I cyclo polished a small area for testing purposes to see if the final finish would suffice, and it looks stunning.
And now the obligatory polishing pics:
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:29 PM   #703
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the polishing is stunning... i have a different question however from looking at your pics. are the running lights back in the sixty's (or way back when?) are the lens covers glass in red and amber or are they plastic?

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Old 05-26-2006, 05:38 PM   #704
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the polishing is stunning... i have a different question however from looking at your pics. are the running lights back in the sixty's (or way back when?) are the lens covers glass in red and amber or are they plastic?

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My original ones were plastic with an aluminum base plate, and I replaced them with new assemblies, also plastic.
Every now and then there are real glass ones available on e-bay, with much better mounting bases and bulb holders. The ones I used were cheaply made, unfortunately, but at the time that was all I could find.
I will look into the ones that are being used right now on new Airstream trailers. The look like they're better quality.
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:07 PM   #705
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Nice job - don't think of it as a pain - think zen........

Isn't that Dewalt nice? I've had mine for 6+ years - used it many times and still going strong. Be careful - it will throw you off the trailer if your not careful - very powerful........I use 100% wool pads on mine

Your trailer really turned out nice....

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Old 05-26-2006, 06:26 PM   #706
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Looks great Uwe! Still using Heavy Metal? Are you finishing with Nuvite? By the time you're finished, your arms will look like Popeye's!
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Nice job - don't think of it as a pain - think zen........
Wax on--Wax off....

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Isn't that Dewalt nice? I've had mine for 6+ years - used it many times and still going strong. Be careful - it will throw you off the trailer if your not careful - very powerful........I use 100% wool pads on mine

Your trailer really turned out nice....

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I love workin with the DeWalt buffer. Having tried the cheapo brands, I don't think they're worth their weight in sand. Especially not for a project of the magnitude of polishing an Airstream trailer. To each their own, though.
I use wool pads as well, but have a few synthetic wool ones as well. You can really tell when the synthetic ones are in use, though. They load up quicker, and then become ineffective.
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Old 05-26-2006, 07:59 PM   #708
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Looks great Uwe! Still using Heavy Metal? Are you finishing with Nuvite? By the time you're finished, your arms will look like Popeye's!
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Marc,

I started with 100% Nuvite. Then tried heavy metal in 3 grades. Now I am using a combination of Nuvite, Heavy Metal, and brown rouge ( Tripoli)

On normal surfaces, I use Nuvite G6 or F7 for compounding. I use it as directed on the perfectpolish website.
On problem areas, I use Heavy Metal coarse, then followed by Heavy Metal medium. It cuts very fast, about 3-5 times as fast as F7 or G6. It leaves heavy swirls, which area esily removed by using Heavy Metal medium grit. The surface after the medium grit compounding looks like it was done with F7 or G6, only it works much faster.
On " man, how do we get this out" areas, I use the edge buffer with rouge or Heavy Metal. I use the edge buffer also on and around the window frames.
The compounding finishes ever so slighly blotchy, with more or less swirly areas. For smoothing out the finish, I lightly compound with Nuvite C. This last compounding step evens out the shine, and gives a nice depth to the finish.
I will use a cyclo for the final step. I tried going straight to Nuvite S, which has worked well in some areas. But most likely, I will cyclo with C, and then again with S.
After that, we all must freeze time, so that the finish will last for a while...
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I think keeping the trailer under cover freezes time to a major degree. I may get in trouble for saying this, but I don't think I would go to the effort of polishing if I could not keep the trailer under cover - really makes a big difference.

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I have been dreaming lately of the day when I get to start polishing!
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I think keeping the trailer under cover freezes time to a major degree. I may get in trouble for saying this, but I don't think I would go to the effort of polishing if I could not keep the trailer under cover - really makes a big difference.

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I will keep it inside as much as possible when it's not being used. However, the polish still fades. My freshly polished tanks got dull in less than a year, even though they were only out 2-3 times since new. I fear that this polish will be a real challenge to keep up.
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Don,

Really, really, you can start polishing any time you want. I have everyting you need, including a 26ft trailer...
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First try at polishing tomarrow

My plan for in the moring on this 3 day weekend is to polish several spots on my Caravel. Just looking at the effort required. Of course that will mean I will have to polish the whole trailer - and quick. Your polishing job looks great - and just the push I need to get going.
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Really, really, you can start polishing any time you want. I have everyting you need, including a 26ft trailer...
Question, How long do you think the line of trailers waiting to be polished will get?
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