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Old 09-02-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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$6800 to Polish or DIY

We just purchased a 1978 28' Ambassador. The skin is actually not in bad shape; however, it is showing it's age. An estimate to strip, polish, and clearcoat comes in around $6800. Given the time...how many would buy the polishers and do it yourself? How many have done this? Thanks for the advice.

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Old 09-02-2009, 07:37 PM   #2
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IMO $6800 was a bid from someone that did not want the job a more realistic bid would be $100 per ft.

I polished a 31ft no doubt it is hard work but not $3100 hard.

Do a search there must be 50 or 60 post on polishing.

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Old 09-02-2009, 07:38 PM   #3
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Wow I'm in the wrong business if thats what it costs, wow!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:40 PM   #4
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We just purchased a 1978 28' Ambassador. The skin is actually not in bad shape; however, it is showing it's age. An estimate to strip, polish, and clearcoat comes in around $6800. Given the time...how many would buy the polishers and do it yourself? How many have done this? Thanks for the advice.

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Can a 1978 be polished? if so check this out, they do great work.
http://www.pandstrailerservice.com/
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:49 PM   #5
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Can a 1978 be polished?
Yes. There is currently a 1997 34' in the shop where I work that has been polished.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:53 PM   #6
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Its good exercise-for that amount of money I would do it myself.
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Yes. There is currently a 1997 34' in the shop where I work that has been polished.
Does the 1997 have a high mirror shine. The pure aluminum alclading that allows the skin to take a high polish was used up until the middle of the 1982 production run, when the finish was changed to a satin finish.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:56 PM   #8
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Does the 1997 have a high mirror shine. The pure aluminum alclading that allows the skin to take a high polish was used up until the middle of the 1982 production run, when the finish was changed to a satin finish.
It's extremely shiny. I'll ask the owners' permission if I can take and post a photo of it tomorrow. If you see a photo, the answer was "yes". If not, it was "no".
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We just purchased a 1978 28' Ambassador. The skin is actually not in bad shape; however, it is showing it's age. An estimate to strip, polish, and clearcoat comes in around $6800. Given the time...how many would buy the polishers and do it yourself? How many have done this? Thanks for the advice.

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I opted to buy some equipment, (Makita 7" polisher ~$250) and Jestco polish kit $119 and give it a try. Worst case; just sell the polisher and take it to a pro.

So far it's somewhat dirty work and I'm glad I have an iPod....
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$6800 to Polish or DIY

The price quoted isn't that far out of reason if it includes Airstream approved Plasticoat. When I had my Overlander refinished six years ago, it was a little over $200 per foot of trailer length -- this did include 16 hours of intensive labor and special equipment charges to correct a previous owner's attempt at polishing that left the entire curbisde full of sanding scratches. Six years later, and I am still a very happy customer -- there is some very minor hazing of the Platicoat on both endcaps (center panel front and back), but even having these reprossed won't be that objectionable as I was able to get something not easily obtained without experience -- a refinish that looked just like 1964 -- just the right amount of sheen.

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It is a lot of work but the sense of accomplishment is awesome not to mention a little theraputic. Plus you can put the $6800.00 to other uses like generators, solar panels... axles.. etc...
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I opted to buy some equipment, (Makita 7" polisher ~$250) and Jestco polish kit $119 and give it a try. Worst case; just sell the polisher and take it to a pro.

So far it's somewhat dirty work and I'm glad I have an iPod....
I'm glad I have an IPod too! I listened to so many books this summer that I feel like I have a personal relationship with Alex Cross & Vampires!

Get yourself some good soap to cut the blackness off of you! I hope I don't have black lung--couldn't stand wearing the mask. It is very rewarding & I find it relaxing. If an old chick like I can do it, so can you!
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