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Old 12-01-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Do I have to strip or can I just start buffing?

My husband bought me a rotary buffer and some kind of cream (NOT NUVITE, bummer) at Wal-mart and I test buffed a small area. It turned black and then buffed to a nice mirror-like shine.

What I want to know is, can I continue just buffing and shining, or would it be easier (and less black and messy, my hands are black) to use Removeall first. I think that after reading several threads here that I can pretty well say that I don't have much of a clear coat at all.

Another thing. What do you do around the rivets? Do you buff that by hand?
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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Clear Coat

That 72 should have a clear coat on it unless it was removed. You may have hit a spot where it has worn off but you will be able to tell when you it it, there won't be much black off if it and not much shine.

Removeall may not be needed and I don't think that it will help with the black oxidation. Try another spot and see if it shines up, if so the clear coat may have been removed.

This is a dirty job you are starting, use gloves, old clothes, a mask and don't plan on keeping those around after you are done.

The black around the rivets will come off with a clean buffing pad, also I don't get real worked up over it, do the best you can and move on!
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:20 AM   #3
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Hey, Ed! Thanks for the advice! I have been prevented from doing more polishing by the rainy weather these past four days, but I intend to start back up this afternoon.

That one clear spot sure is pretty and since I plan on taking my shining jewel to Lakeland for Sun 'n' Fun in the spring, I have got to get cracking now!
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Welcome to the forum - it is so nice to read about the adventures of industrious folks.

Post pix every now and again and you'll get a raft of positive feedback. Guaranteed.

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Wink Sorry, I just couldn't resist....

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Please don't strip in the buff...

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I do, my wife says its HOT!
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:46 PM   #7
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I do, my wife says its HOT!
How's that sunburn doing??? I've seen your legs - their pretty white!

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Old 12-02-2008, 07:33 PM   #8
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Legs

Now you know that I use sunscreen on my shapely tanned legs. I even have tan lines up to my knees where my socks stopped. But that's the only tan lines I have.

Now back to polishing, did clean72air get any more done today? I would start polishing the 54 but its 12 degrees out!. The sun was out and I have plenty sunscreen.
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Yeah, congrats on that new FC Ed...and welcome to the 13-panel club!

We were out all weekend in the snow working on installing the interior panels on our Safari...at least we were inside the trailer with heaters running. The temp only got to about 40 inside though before we got the insulation installed and the panels on. A single sheet on aluminum doesn't do much to keep the chill out ~

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Putting it back together

Putting things back on the trailer are much more fun than removing. Now you feel like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I'm going to try to avoid much of that with the 54, but Elaine did say she wanted her trailer polished!

Glad its snowing or she would have me out there polishing today!
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Yes, I think you do have to strip to get to the buff right? Just make sure the neighbors aren't watching.
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