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Old 11-26-2008, 08:03 AM   #29
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can you take me a close up shot of those hubcaps sometime so I know what I'm looking for? love the look
I would be happy to do that. It just so happens that I have an extra set that were originally on the trailer when we purchased it. Two of them are in good shape, but the other two really could use a re-chroming. I ended up finding another pristine set on E bay for around 25 bucks so I just decided to keep the old ones for spares.

I will take a close up photo and post it here.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:09 AM   #30
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Mr InsideOut did a demo using that technique this year at the RMVAC, it was very impressive. He went back over the area with the cyclo and produced a mirror finish.
We learned of this process from attending the Restoration Rally last April. Levon demonstrated the method and has used it extensively on a number of trailers that he has restored. We are pleased with the outcome, but there are a few precautions especially working around drip caps, lights, corners of hatches and doors. It is easy to catch something and rip it off and you really have to be careful when you are working on ladders as the buffer really "bites" into the oxidation which can cause you to lose balance if you are not careful.
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Looking really good Louis, I was contemplating using that method since seeing it at the resto rally. I wish I could see it at Picacho but my Department is not allowing any vacations due to the economic slowdown. I will be thinking of you guys and would like to extend my holiday greetings to all.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:19 PM   #32
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OK, I'll bite. What do you use with your buffer. The top of mine is peeling and we don't want to spend the $4,500 to do another clear coat. I tried Turtle Wax and the aluminum just turns black and it is hell getting it to get a shine.
Your trailer looks very good. Hope to see you and Sergio in Cottonwood in Feb.
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Bob,

Here are a few photos of how and what we were using to polish. The only question you may want to get clarification is that your trailer is much newer and I know that AS used a different type of aluminum on the newer ones. I am unsure how this process will work on the newer units. You might want to PM Lavon and see if he has used this on a newer rig.

The bar of red stuff is the rouge we are using. There was a gray bar for the first cut, but that is nearly gone so we photographed the red one. The comb looking thing is to clean your buffer pads as you polish. All of these items and buffing wheels were included in the kit we purchased.
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can you take me a close up shot of those hubcaps sometime so I know what I'm looking for? love the look
Here is the close up of the hubcap that you requested.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:29 PM   #34
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Hooray!!!

We finished the curb side this morning between rain drops... yes rain in Phoenix. One of our 50 or so non-sunny days here.

Anyway, here are some photos showing the results.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:32 PM   #35
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Looking really good Louis, I was contemplating using that method since seeing it at the resto rally. I wish I could see it at Picacho but my Department is not allowing any vacations due to the economic slowdown. I will be thinking of you guys and would like to extend my holiday greetings to all.

Thanks Jerry, perhaps you will make the Restoration Rally in April. We are planning to attend again, maybe we can do some more polishing.

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Old 11-26-2008, 01:00 PM   #36
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I bought the same kit about 2 weeks ago. As all the exterior lights and protrusions are off the GT and I am ready to start. I have already polished all the removable exterior aluminum parts. I bolted the buffer to a board and then clamped it to a bench so I would not fling the parts across the room.
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Kip, I think you'll be happy with this system. It is definitely faster than using nuvite and compounding. I have used both methods on the doors I am restoring. Using the rouge is faster and gives a finish that looks as good as nuvite which is much more laborious. The rouge method definitely heats the aluminum so moving much more rapidly is essential. Ed
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Looks great

Yes! We will do some more polishing at the restoration rally....

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What speed did you use for the initial cut?
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What speed did you use for the initial cut?
we used the max speed on the polisher, it worked much better than the slower speed. I believe our polisher max speed is around 3000 rpm. We just kept the wheel moving.
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wow looks great, and far cheaper from what I see than the hundreds of dollars of nuvite and bonnets. Thanks for the hubcap photo too!
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Yes, I'm looking forward to the next resto rally. Hopefully I can get out before then, trying to hit Happy Jack in about 4 weeks. Wonder if it will be too snowy?
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