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Old 05-16-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Weekend polish! - 1964

The Globetrotter is looking great. I decided to go the economy route, using 3M rubbing compound followed by Mother's aluminum polish. I already own a Porter Cable 7424 polisher/sander, so the rest wasn't too bad. Found a thrift shop with an abundance of sweatshirts and they thanked me for just taking 20 of them off their hands to cut up into 12" squares for polishing. It won't win any perfect polish competitions but it is so much better than before! Total of about $30 and 12 hours invested.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:04 PM   #2
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Looks great from here!!
That brings back memories of my Globetrotter getting a touch-up polish.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:10 PM   #3
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Looks good, far cheaper than what we've invested over the years in polishing.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:45 PM   #4
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looks great....
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:10 AM   #5
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Looks pretty darned good to me. You can't beat the price.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:31 AM   #6
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:34 AM   #7
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A c c c t tually....you'l find that the car store polishes aren't THAT much cheaper. It's that you are not buying 1/2 or 1 lb cans. Been there.....
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:53 AM   #8
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A c c c t tually....you'l find that the car store polishes aren't THAT much cheaper. It's that you are not buying 1/2 or 1 lb cans. Been there.....
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Just depends on what you're using. Diamondbrite aluminum polish is around $12 + tax for 8 oz at Lowe's. That's $1.63 per oz.

Nuvite F7 was $44.95 + shipping for 1 lb from VTS. That's $3.12 per oz.

Of course, the real calculation would need to involve the "polishing power" of each, to get a $/sqft of polishing. And I'd also include the amount of time spent polishing, to get an hrs/sqft of polishing, for a final unit that is "Dollar-Hours per Square Foot" or something like that. But then it gets really, REALLY subjective, regarding tools, techniques, and "average" or "appropriate" levels of shine.

So at the end of it all I'll just say, nice work GlobeTrottin, looks good and the price was right!

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Old 05-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #9
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Your GT looks Great!

I am a new Airstreamer with a '68 GT. Do you have a good source for the process of polishing one of these? Would love to see your step by step process. I intend to do the same this summer after some basic repairs. Again, very impressed what 12 hrs. can do and alot of effort I'm sure. Well Done.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #10
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hey gang i have found a great web site for polish, i have ordered a 2lb bar of the brown $6 & the white 2lb bar for $7.50 that beats $48 a lb from perfect polish or $44 a lb from vintage trailer, the web site is PJ tool.com it really does a great job, also they have the pads also, i had to buy a DEWALT polisher #849 to get the best results at 1100 rpm. with a thick 7" lambwool pad with brown polish & a thin 7"pad for the white polish. don't think more cost is better. this web site has been a lot of help for me. i have polished about 1/3 of a 31' airstream in about 20hrs. thank you RB.
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