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Old 04-16-2005, 12:50 PM   #1
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anyone broken down and tried airmark tools

Just wondering if anyone has made the investment into an airmark tool. This compounding/cyclo method is killing me. I have paid close attention to everone on here.. Im using Nuvite compounding with wool pads and cyclo with sweatshirt material...the airline companies polish there planes with the drum polishers. The smaller on is about double the cost of a new cyclo and they say no swirl marks. Could you imagine a commercial airline company with a bunch of guys with drills and cyclos... Would take forever.. anyways my body has about had it but now that ive started there is no turning back. I have a few pics of the progress...
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Old 04-16-2005, 12:51 PM   #2
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btw

Also in those pics I see the oxidation went from the trailer to my face lol
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Old 04-16-2005, 12:53 PM   #3
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one more thing

I broke down and bought the aluminum propane tanks. Looking forward to polishing those.. will look awesome..
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Old 04-16-2005, 01:28 PM   #4
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I think it's a great idea, but the cost! .... I've tried to figure out a way to adapt my weedwacker with a drum and homemade bonnet, but no luck yet.
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Old 04-16-2005, 01:31 PM   #5
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Lookin great! Airmark is great stuff, but it takes a little more to use it - its high speed so its easier to burn the aluminum - I think the reason the compounder/cylo is so popular is because us hobby types can use it and get great results+ its a lot less expensive than Airmark.
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I think it's a great idea, but the cost! .... I've tried to figure out a way to adapt my weedwacker with a drum and homemade bonnet, but no luck yet.
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I lov it~!!
Best "original" idea I've heard in months~
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Old 04-17-2005, 01:10 AM   #7
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Also in those pics I see the oxidation went from the trailer to my face lol
Ed Starman,
You're having 'way too much fun'~!...lol
Seriously tho, do yourself a favor..go buy some latex gloves for your hands...Your wife will love you for it later~lmao
I can't help you with your face...I had the same problem with the stuff being thrown all over mine as well...You might think about wearing a mask for lung protection..
Or...maybe it could be you're using way too much compound..you reckon?
Remember, just four dabs of the stuff (about half the size of an M&M for each)
should spread nicely and, not all over you...lol
Looking great so far..
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Old 04-17-2005, 01:43 AM   #8
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It looks great and one day soon you will look back and smile at your accomplishment. Then it will be time to touch it up again. There is a price to be paid for having a pretty shine on your trailer, some of us think its worth it.
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Keep posting picturese of the progress please, I'll be doing mine soon.
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I looked at thier site and they sell stuff like "Green Ox", "Supershine Dash 30", etc. Anyone used any of thus type of stuff with "our" type of polishers?
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This may be a stoopid question, but How did you keep your shirt so clean?

All kidding aside, it looks awsome.
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Old 04-17-2005, 03:03 PM   #12
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yes it does look great. We had a polishing class at our Forums Rally this past weekend. Three guys and a brand new Cyclo using Nuvite. The Motorhoome had already been polished some years ago and still look great , but the small cloudy spots needed polishing out. they were done by Airmark originally and have held up over these years well. The cyclo'd spots really cam back to a great shine in no time. Starting from scratch though, we were advised to use a 3/4" slow spped drill and bonnet combo to cut down to where you can then cyclo the rest. Seems the trailer on the current edition of Airstream Life on the back cover...was done that way. Looks terrific.
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Old 04-21-2005, 07:56 AM   #13
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looks better in the pictures

It does look good in the pictures.. BUT... it looks good from 5 feet away but up close.. not so good...my trailer seems to have alot of big scratches maybe from someone driving through some bushes I dont know. But I spent about 8 hours yesterday polishing and wasnt happy with the results... I will just keep on compounding until it looks good but..ive seen it written here many times... I can barely move and I have aches and pains in places I didnt even knew existed. Im still wondering how much time I would save if I bought an airmark drum polisher. If it would shave the labor time in half I think that would be totaly worth it. My unit is 27' and it seems to get longer when im compounding heheh... anyways im taking 2 days of working on the trailer....im nuts my interior isnt 100% refinished yet.. but close enough....to go camping..
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Just looking at their website... I figure their $695 model would probably be enough... but there are also other factors, like, a compressor beefy enough to push it, special bonnets, etc. If it's faster, neater and doesn't leave swirl marks, maybe it'd be worth a closer look. Frankly, I'm curious as to how hard it would be to try and make something from scratch that operates on the same basic principles. Might be a fun project to tackle.
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