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Old 10-23-2009, 01:49 PM   #1
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Best polishing tool

Hello, I'm looking for the best and cheapest all around tool for polishing the interior aluminum walls. I'd like to use a drill rather than a polisher but also thinking that a drill might weigh to much. What are your opinions on polishing tools? I only plan on polishing the interior walls once and not really ever again, or very rarely. I'm thinking an investment in a good polisher is not really necessary right now.
If a corded drill is the best tool for this, should i be looking for variable speed? or is this not necessary, what about weight and a second handle? What features would you say is best.

I already bought a polishing kit from perfectpolish with a 1/2" adapter.

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Old 10-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #2
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Hello, I'm looking for the best and cheapest all around tool for polishing the interior aluminum walls. I'd like to use a drill rather than a polisher but also thinking that a drill might weigh to much. What are your opinions on polishing tools? I only plan on polishing the interior walls once and not really ever again, or very rarely. I'm thinking an investment in a good polisher is not really necessary right now.
If a corded drill is the best tool for this, should i be looking for variable speed? or is this not necessary, what about weight and a second handle? What features would you say is best.

I already bought a polishing kit from perfectpolish with a 1/2" adapter.

Thanks
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Joe, get a good 1/2in drill, those usually are slow speed anyways. Keep the speed at around 1000rpm or so. Make sure it has a handle near the chuck of the drill. 3/8in drills are usually not power ful enough to deal with a polishing pad under pressure.
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Old 10-23-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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The alloys used in the inside liners will 'gloss' up but not really take a perfect polish - beware trying to do so since you ~can~ remove enough metal to raise the grain and leave texture where there should be glass smooth gloss.

The exterior panels on the old airstreams can get true mirror brilliance since they are electro-plated with a pure layer of aluminum from the factory.

I hope someones with practical experience will chime in...
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:37 PM   #4
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Best and cheap are contradictory. Polishing puts a lot of use on a tool. You might be able to get something through Harbor Freight but consider it a throw away.

Interior aluminum has blems which will often show up when you strip off what ever covering there is on the surface,
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:09 PM   #5
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FYI.... I have polished two trailers in the inside to a level that you are wanting... I was under the understanding that Airstream uses the same aluminum inside as they did for the outside in the year this trailer was build (1977 Argosy) Yes, the end caps of the Argosy are steel, however the rest is alclad aluminum....

I would also point out that in small areas a polished interior aluminum skin is great, I, however, (I know many will disagree) feel that the entire interior makes you feel like you are looking at a circus mirror....

As for your question a drill works best!

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Old 10-23-2009, 07:41 PM   #6
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The interiors of the Airstreams built in this era were vinyl coated aluminum. I believe the Argosy's were the same. Getting to the aluminum will be a challenge.
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You cann't imagine the mess this will make.....
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:21 AM   #8
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Best and cheap are contradictory. Polishing puts a lot of use on a tool. You might be able to get something through Harbor Freight but consider it a throw away.
Sage words there... Buy a good tool and buy it once. The vibration of those cheap Harbor Freight tools will cause you a great deal of discomfort in the long run. If you do go with HF you might want to know how to care for it properly

Also how are going to get the vinyl off the walls?

Also vintstream is so right, a little goes a long way on an interior.
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:33 AM   #9
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Vinyl has been off for a while now. Jasco did the trick. The aluminum under the vinyl is beautiful and looks new as it is. I'm looking to add just a little shine to it.

I have a 1/2" cordless dewalt but by the time the battery runs out the other hasn't charged from the previous polish. I'm looking to buy a corded drill and if i'm going to buy one i'm thinking i'll buy a good one (under $100) Any suggestions? Since the drill wont be working in the usual manufactures ideal settings I'm thinking its going to need to be a reliable drill that will hold up over time with this kind of usage.
Hammer drill? just a regular drill? variable speed? rubber grip? reliable brand?
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Not a hammer drill, but you will want a side handle. Yes to variable speed and it should have a trigger lock for slow speed settings, so you don't need to manage the speed while you are trying to polish. Nothing much faster than 1000 rpm. Milwuakee is fantastic, as are their prices, maybe a corded Dewalt is in order? Go to Lowes or Home Depot's website and search for 1/2" variable-speed drill. They should have several brands.

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Old 11-08-2009, 11:48 AM   #11
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Sage words there... Buy a good tool and buy it once. The vibration of those cheap Harbor Freight tools will cause you a great deal of discomfort in the long run. If you do go with HF you might want to know how to care for it properly

Also how are going to get the vinyl off the walls?

Also vintstream is so right, a little goes a long way on an interior.
Frank that's the funniest thing I've read on here to date! I had that polisher, or I should say I had 4 of those polishers. I had 4 of those fail polishing the tradewind. Fortunately I had the extended warranty and the harbor freight was about an hour away, and near my parents (so we got to visit once a week or so) and they always swapped them right out (and they always failed the same way) and yes vibrated like hell.

After the 4th trip my wife said "why don't you get a cyclo..." have put 10 times the hours on that and it continues to work amazing.
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:46 PM   #12
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1/4 inch air angle die grinder

best polisher yet, keep it lubed, will last forever, but ya gotta have air...
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After the 4th trip my wife said "why don't you get a cyclo..." have put 10 times the hours on that and it continues to work amazing.
What is a "cyclo"?
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What is a "cyclo"?
A dual head, random orbit polisher. It takes out the streaks &/or swirls that are left after removing oxidation to achieve that final "mirror finish" you see on vintage Airstreams. You can find out just about everything you need to know here: Cyclo Polishers and Perfect Polish.



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