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Old 10-01-2003, 07:34 PM   #197
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Finally

No sun today so I was able to finish up

I am not really finished I still have a lot of small areas that need to be hand polished also the propane tanks (aluminum) but I can put the buffer away for now.
Had just enough SS to squeak by.
Thanks for the offer Tim I may take you up on it. For now I have to get back to OK so will let you know next week.
From looking at the pictures I think you get a better shine the Nuvite way but there is less tolerance in how you apply to get the results.
I had 3 accidents during the process.
1. Droped the buffer with the trigger locked on. I was on the scafold. It (buffer) ran around bouncing off everything until I could get it unpluged.
2. AC cord wraped around buffer head sending lots of sparks before it broke the cord and triped the CK breaker.
3. Stepped up on overturned bucket to reach an area for touch up. Bucket broke dumping me on my butt. I had a tray of stripper in one hand and a brush in the other. Lucky for me I didn't get splashed with the stuff. I did have on wrap around saftey glasses and gloves also a water hose close by.
I think I will do a review of do's, don'ts and hints from my experience and post here later.
Will have to put some thought into it . To tired right now.
53 Flying Cloud "You the man" I think you are getting the $3000 shine, for now I will have to settle for the $1500 shine.
Tim I'm glad you worked out your latest problem
Looking good all keep it up !!!
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Old 10-01-2003, 10:18 PM   #198
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Thumbs up Garry... good for you...

I'm glad your on the final stages. How many hours do you think you have invested?

Your $1500 job looks pretty good to me.

I have only been able to polish about a total of 1.5 hours this week. Married w/children slows ya down....

Hope to get a couple of hours in after work tomorrow.

Cheers to all....
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Old 10-02-2003, 10:14 AM   #199
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Aircraft stripper

Garry - What is the name of the aircraft stripper you have used?
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Old 10-02-2003, 10:19 AM   #200
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Aircraft Stripper from Auto Zone... $17 gal used 1 1/2 gal also in spray cans that make it easer to do to har to reach places.

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Old 10-02-2003, 02:56 PM   #201
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Thumbs up You got it..

Excuse me for stepping in...but, you got the name..Look for it at WalMart first, usually the best price..It's a blue can and, has Aircraft Stripper on it..

Today's efforts was slow~ Cold, windy day..They're even forecasting "Flurries"..Got down right cold with the wind blowing, etc.
Still, I was able to work from 8 am till just after 3 pm..I got one upper front panel going and, then the side of the window..Behind one of the stainless steel guard..Not much progress with numb'd fingers and, my back was "tight" all morning..Yuck~!
No pictures, hands just too tired to push a button...
Doctor's visit early in the morning..I suspect it'll be noon time before I get back to the A/S..Oh well..
Hope everyone's doing okay with setbacks..
Garry, your 1500$ job looks mighty fine to me..Just watch those power cords..lmao, I did the very same thing on day 2..Took it back to Sears and, they gave me a brand new one..No questions asked..
Haven't stepped into a bucket yet..I keep it tied to the ladder...lol
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Old 10-02-2003, 04:04 PM   #202
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What's flurries ??

It has gotten chilly here. 43 this morning. turned the heat on. I am still in Mississippi, slight delay on heading back to OK. I did a little clean up on the A/S. It is so nice not "having to" head out first thing and polish. Guess you figured out how easy it is to sling stuff on already waxed areas. So far water spots just wash off.
Have you noticed it takes a little extra effort on the curved panels to get the good shine ?? Or is that just me

Looking forward to some new pics from everybody.

If I will be here this week end will do the propane tanks.
Had to redo this panel to many pits to compound out needed sanding.
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Old 10-02-2003, 04:30 PM   #203
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Talking Oops

So sorry, Garry..I didn't see that you had replied..Maybe we crossed at the same time?..Anyway, good that you took care of it..lol

Yep, it's darn cold out..Higher elevation is expecting..Flurries..
A/S is...at over a 1000ft but, next to a warm body of water still..We'll have to wait and see.
I'm off to dinner..
Picture is looking good..Hey, those tanks of yours oughta be a push-over..
Refer: Curved panels..The ones on the rear were a push over but, the ones on the front has/had some real nasties..I'll be truthful in saying it's darn hard on the back...trying to balance myself while, standing on a ladder..I don't care if it can be folded into 18 positions...lmao, I CAN'T...

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Old 10-02-2003, 10:33 PM   #204
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No real news on this end. Got a couple of more hours of compounding today for a total of about 29 hours....

Look forward to making a little headway this Sat....
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Old 10-03-2003, 04:27 AM   #205
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Rivet Update

Update on "Buff and Shine" wool bonnets..
I tried one yesterday and, felt that it would be something better suited for use after the hard compounding/polishing was completed. Maybe..
It turns out that the fibers are too long and, the overall diameter was 9" pads..not very effective in smearing the polish compound around for cutting thru the crud.
IMHO:
I might still use them on the Burb..

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Old 10-03-2003, 09:52 AM   #206
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COST

With the # of views this thread has had I guess someone would like to know the cost.

1. Harbor Frt buffer part # 46507 $29 (on sale reg $59).
2. 3M buffer pads 2 ea 5701 $46, 2ea 5705 $52, extension 5710 $7. Could have done it with 1 each pad (maybe) 2 is better.
3. Southern Shine 2 bottles ( need 3 ). $17 includes shipping.
4. 1 gal Car Bright Black Stuff (compound) $18
5. Sand Paper 600/ 1200/ 2000 $24
6. Aircraft Stripper 2 gal $34 2 cans spray stripper $10.
7. Palm Sander $29, Found hand sanding is better !!
8. Craftsman 6" polisher same size as a palm sander and good for tight spots. $14 (on sale)
9. Cyclo polisher (used) $40 used very little.
10. Wax and other polishers to test $12
11. Sweat shirts $1 each (thrift store) $5
12 Mineral Spirts 1 pint $5

Do the math and it can be done for around $300.

Why do it at all ?
A/S was in poor condition and something had to be done. Had a pro estimate stripping & polishing $3100.

I would recommend a pro if you can afford it I couldn't and had other things that were needed more (axles)

Once stripped and waxed it will have to be rewaxed twice or more times a year or you will be in worse shape than the poor clear coat you started with.
It is hard work even to get less than a pro's results.

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Old 10-03-2003, 11:23 AM   #207
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Just a heads up having been through all of this past few years...watch the outside temperature - polish seems go get funny as the air temp gets below 65 degrees.

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Old 10-03-2003, 04:19 PM   #208
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Thanks

Ken I noticed I had a few redo's at 50 deg but as others I had no choice, it was now or never. I was Ok once sun warmed things up but then had to work fast as heat & direct sun may be worse than cold !!

I would like to say thanks to 53 Flying Cloud for starting this thread. Not only did it keep me focused but encouragment to keep at it. Have to leave the A/S behind and will not even see it for several months snif, snif. Do have a few pictures

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Thumbs up Thanks..

Ken J and Garry..
You are so right..I waited till it got warmer before starting out..
Spend the morning at the hospital, getting a carbuncle removed from my neck..
Still put in a full days work..From 927 am to 544 pm..I'm almost finis on the street side..Just the upper section on the curbside and the rest of the end caps to do..
I'm thinking that, come next year..I might do this all over again just to get the practice...lmao
Thanks Garry, I do believe that, we've all learned something..
Cost wise, I'd have to say it's closer to 600 or so for me..
BTW, just bought 4 new 3M wool pads today for 50$.
Not too bad..My first 2 were actually wearing out...lol
My G6 is about half used up as I had some real tough crud to remove. I think we're be able to finis the job with what I have.
No pictures..Sorry guys, I was just too tired and, DIRTY to mess with it..First thing in the am, I'll take a few.
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Cool Keeps going and going and going....

Well I now have the road side competely compounded between endcaps. Just need to start cycloing next week.

Tomorrow plan on hitting the curbside with the compounder some more. Already have to door done and the panel to the right of it.

31 hours and counting....

Tell me now Garry... did you get the very top done ?
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