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Old 05-22-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Now what? PICS!

I wound up using aircraft stripper and have removed 90% of the clearcoat. There is some residue left to remove. I think I read on one of the topics to use Scotchbrite to remove the residue. SHould I use the grey or green?

Here is the before pic. One hint I have not read is that I used sticky plastic that you use on carpets and then pull back up after use. I taped it on the window and then cut to size.




Once I have removed the residue I am ready to do the next step.
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Now what do I do? The skin is somewhat two tone. SHiny and dull.




I have the following tools. SHould I begin to buff or am I missing some intermediate steps? DO I apply the paste to the pads?

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First of all, I recommend that you use the rouge 'Bars" instead of those expensive tubes. Start with green ...go more coarse if needed. It should not be. Then compound with a sewn cotton wheel....not a pad. Then use a good wool pad with the equipment shown. Then when your happy with what you see...I suggest Nuvite S and a Cyclo. Cyclo is expensive, I know. It gives the be sty finish. If you can't go that go that route....a random orbital will be you best bet to polish and avoid swirl marks. At present though, go with the compounding with a wheel.
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Vintage Trailer Supply has a 'How to Polish" tutorial on their website that might be helpful. There are many others also including a u-tube one, I think. We are about at the same point you are but do not want the high mirror polish look (too much future maintenance for us). So we're struggling with just how to do what we need to and want to do....... because everything we read goes mirror.
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First of all, I recommend that you use the rouge 'Bars" instead of those expensive tubes. Start with green ...go more coarse if needed. It should not be. Then compound with a sewn cotton wheel....not a pad. Then use a good wool pad with the equipment shown. Then when your happy with what you see...I suggest Nuvite S and a Cyclo. Cyclo is expensive, I know. It gives the be sty finish. If you can't go that go that route....a random orbital will be you best bet to polish and avoid swirl marks. At present though, go with the compounding with a wheel.
Will do! Thanks. Going to Lowes later to pick up the items.
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this will be helpful...he does a great job.

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Vintage Trailer Supply has a 'How to Polish" tutorial on their website that might be helpful. There are many others also including a u-tube one, I think. We are about at the same point you are but do not want the high mirror polish look (too much future maintenance for us). So we're struggling with just how to do what we need to and want to do....... because everything we read goes mirror.
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I agree with you. If I have to do a mirror shine, I will. I would rather at first get the aluminum in a uniform shade so I can go camping.
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this will be helpful...he does a great job.

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Goog video. DO you know of another that just gets the aluminum in "less than" mirror condition?
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you don't have to use all the steps, just stop when you are happy with the shine. On one of my Airstreams, I removed the clearcoat and used Liquid Glass car polish on the surface. Was very happy with the shine and results...no mirror.
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you don't have to use all the steps, just stop when you are happy with the shine. On one of my Airstreams, I removed the clearcoat and used Liquid Glass car polish on the surface. Was very happy with the shine and results...no mirror.
Thanks! I am in the process of trying out a product mentioned by someone else on the forums....Diamond Brite Tool Box Cleaner. The few test areas I did look pretty good. Will attach pics once I am full motion!
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Here is a pic of an area I used Diamond Brite on.

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That was recommended to us at the VTA (Vintage Trailer Academy) and we just bought a bottle. Haven't tried it yet....

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I use diamond brite with my Cyclo, it works well
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