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Old 07-27-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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Classic Motorhomes specific polishing question

I have a clear understanding of the polishing process, but wondered what others who have polished their rigs did about the spare tire cover? Thanks!


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Old 07-27-2015, 11:44 AM   #2
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I painted mine. Grey. Polished what I could of the logo area.
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I like that!
Mine is the one piece molded type, (325) so I've got to figure out how to blend it in somehow since its fiberglass and painted....


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A fairly coarse bright metallic silver would look good, but then a darker shade would provide a contrast.... It's all down to personal choice.
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Bill, unless yours is different than mine you will find the spare tire cover is vacuum moulded ABS.
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Must have been drinking when I typed fiberglass.....


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Old 08-07-2015, 02:08 PM   #7
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LOL, and I thought it was just me that did that!

Seriously though, I gather that they are NLA, and wondered if you had something special...
I have a plan to make an Aluminum one... been learning to form metal, and TIG weld, so worth a try!
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I used to do a lot of aluminum fabrication with TIG welding. Once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy. I also did a ton of polishing back then, hence the understanding. An aluminum tire cover would be awesome! I'd bet that if you do that you'll find yourself with aluminum bumper caps etc before long....


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An aluminum tire cover would be awesome! I'd bet that if you do that you'll find yourself with aluminum bumper caps etc before long....


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Well, Bill, it funny you should make that connection... Clearly we think alike!
I have been working on exactly that plan for a while... and have posted questions on a few metalworking sites... hence these napkin sketches of the panels and buck I did...


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Pretty complex bends, English wheel? I know aluminum is tricky to bend ( needs to be thicker for wrinkle free bends). I'm curious to see how it works out. The tire cover looks great by the way! Please keep me posted....


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After reading up as much as I can, I am thinking it will be in 2 pieces welded after forming. I don't think the English wheel would be much use other than some smoothing and slight stretching along the length of the lower rocker. My plan is to start with a 90 flange on the wheel opening, and use a shrinker on the flange to get the metal moving and the rocker radius. Once I can get the panel clamped around the periphery will then "Flow Form" the radiuses in with a pneumatic rivet gun...
I hope to get started on the buck soon.
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LOL, and I thought it was just me that did that!

Seriously though, I gather that they are NLA, and wondered if you had something special...
I have a plan to make an Aluminum one... been learning to form metal, and TIG weld, so worth a try!
Steve, I have been amazed to see how many parts have been coming on the market recently, like a new molded ABS spare tire cover: ABS Cover, Spare Tire Airstream Motorhome

Even the banana wraps are available again
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Wow, great news indeed!
My personal deal is not about availability... I just think they are ugly and want something different!
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Steve - great napkin sketches! I painted my cover silver and had a wrap made for work at Sturgis. Will probably change the wrap next year with a different design.

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