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Old 04-25-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Cyclo leaving surface cloudy

When I use the wool bonnet with Nuvite C, the surface looks great with the exception of the swirl marks. When I cyclo with Nuvite S afterward, it looks cloudy or hazy and does not have the deep shine I see in other's photos. The shine looks better before the cyclo than afterward. The cyclo is removing the swirl marks but leaving it cloudy. I am using the soft polishing cloths from perfect polish on the cyclo. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 04-25-2015, 07:05 PM   #2
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Post some pics!

Stripped the clear coat?

Possibly you need to cut a little deeper and dig out some oxidation?
Wet sand?
I've spent 120hrs just cutting oxidation with black emery and I'm almost ready to Polish.

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Old 04-25-2015, 07:06 PM   #3
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Did you clean the skin well before applying cyclo??


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Old 04-26-2015, 03:15 PM   #4
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Thank you for your replies. Yes, the clear coat is gone. I tried going over it again several times with F7, then C, then S but still have the same issue. I can't get a good photo of it that shows the issue. Do you think G6 or F9 would do the trick? Maybe I am being too much of a perfectionist? Thx!
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:50 PM   #5
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Have you compounded first or just jumped ahead in with the Cyclo? You really need something more aggressive than a Cyclo to get rid of the oxidation before moving to the Cyclo.

You need to compound to remove the oxidation first...there are different methods to do so, here's our experience.

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Compound the snot out of it.
Let's see some pics of the trailer


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Old 04-27-2015, 02:48 PM   #7
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OK - I need help on posting the photo. When I click on insert image it asks for a url. How can I browse my computer to attach the photo? Thx
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OK - I need help on posting the photo. When I click on insert image it asks for a url. How can I browse my computer to attach the photo? Thx
Instead of doing a "Quick Reply" post - click the "Go Advanced" button. Then under "Additional Options" you will see a box with "Attach Files" and a "Manage Attachments" button. From there you can upload pics from your computer. Good luck...I'd like to see 'em!

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Thanks for the help. I have attached a before and during. Let me know what you think.
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It looks hella clean in the last shot,
What is the problem? Are you not getting the pop you were hoping for?

I don't know what to do with nuvite either. I was told to compound with c, cyclo with f7, then cyclo s.

Maybe someone can Chirp in here. It looks pretty clean!!


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I had the hazy shadows on my 86 also. They became more apparent after the final pass with cyclo and S. I believe it is the residue from the S compound.

You might review the Perfect Polish website. There you will find some good stuff on the Nuvite method of polishing. These folks do more aircraft than Airstreams, but it's informative. I didn't know Boeing uses Nuvite. They polish so they can better see flaws in the aluminum.

I just quit polishing trying to get it perfect. Actually I found the hazy shadows will disappear after several weeks. You will soon post about how a rain shower just ruined your polish job. And the bird droppings will leave nasty stains.

My trailer has seen 3 years of weather since the polish. It still looks like a polished trailer, but it isn't a show trailer. The aluminum is reverting back to it's old, gray self. But it's much better than faded clearcoat.

I think those of us who spend hundreds of hours polishing our trailers want "perfection". I think most of us are disappointed with the results. Like Perfect Polish says "keep your polished aircraft in a temp and humidity controlled hanger with good air movement." We Airstreamers are bouncing down some two lane country highway in the rain, bug splats, parking under trees, and storing them outside all winter. The polished surface does not stay as polished.

So don't worry. Enjoy your renovated Airstream.

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Thanks - I may be just expecting too much. The photos do not show it clearly but there are some cloudy marks on the top especially that you can see if you look for them. The photo in the sun show them the best. The last photo was taken on an overcast morning and you can see the cloudiness again at the top.
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Have you tried wiping it with mineral spirits to remove polish residue?
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I've tried mineral spirits and haven't seemed to clean it that well

I've been using good ol laquer thinner on there and has cleaned it good, very good.

I thought the second pic was before cyclo and the overcast one was after??


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