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Old 07-10-2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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compound/steel wool ?

hi,

wondering if it is okay, or not recommended, that i use a compound and/or steel wool on the exterior skin? i have three different washers/polishes from airstream.com, however i have a couple of trouble areas (it looks as if something was sprayed on the skin that has caused imperfections) that i think a compound and/or steel wool might take care of. much appreciated.

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Old 07-10-2004, 05:28 PM   #2
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What kind of compound are you using?

Lite sanding is ok with 1200 grit or above, just be careful not to over do it

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Haven't purchased a compound yet. Let me know if you have any recommendations. Thanks for your input.

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What kind of compound are you using?

Lite sanding is ok with 1200 grit or above, just be careful not to over do it

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Tell me a little more about what your doing - what year is your trailer - does it have clearcoat on it? If it does not then I would use either Nuvite or Rollite products.

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Old 07-10-2004, 09:47 PM   #5
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1960 Tradewind

It's a 1960 Tradewind, so if I'm not mistaken it does not have clearcoat. I just purchased it (my first Airstream) about a month ago, and so far all I've done is washed it and I'm almost finished using Walbernize (the one step cleaner polish and glaze Airstream recommended for a '60) for the first polish or pre-polish. I also have a can of Met-All Aluminum polish and a bottle of White Diamond metals polish which were also purchased on the Airstream site. I'm basically trying to get it cleaned up and looking good. I appreciate your time and insight.

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Glen - a 60 tradewind - major cool. I looked everywhere for one of those, ended up with my 58 overlander.

Anyway should not have clearcoat on it. The way to find out is take a bit of toothpaste and rub it on - if your cloth turns black - there is no clearcoat.

On those old trailers you need something a bit more aggressive than what your using - look at www.airstreamdreams.com - they have both Rollite and Nuvite products. I would suggest you get there sample pack which has all grades of polish/compound and start polishing away. What you want to do is try the least agressive polish first, if that doesn't work, then go to the next agressive.

There has been a lot of discussion about polishing on this forum - may want to do a search - you'll get lots of opinions. I only use aircraft approved polish - you don't want to use any acid on your trailer - causes leaks.


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