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Old 09-17-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Automotive Compound on an Airstream

Is there any reason I can't use an automotive grade compound when polishing an Airstream? I have two quarts of fine 3m sitting around. I've tried it on some hatch doors and it seems to work great. I bet there is some issue, like corrosion or explosion or something. My credit card is worn, ordering all of these specialized airstream products, I hope I can make use of the stuff I have.

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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I would be concerned it may be too coarse and go through the Alclad layer. But, I know some folks do polish using 3M compounds - I would do a search to see if you can find out more particulars as to what they use - and if what you have is the same stuff.

The problem with burning through the Alclad is the aluminum below is a different grade and while it will polish up, the shine will not last. Also, it will be very cloudy & uneven unless you remove all the Alclad...

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