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Old 10-10-2003, 08:42 AM   #253
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53... how is your cycloing going?...
Actually, I have not done much "Cyclo'in" due to the time constraints that I'm running against..
1. I may have to move out of the spot I'm currently using..
2. I need to move the unit back to Va Beach, Va., for the winter.
3. At this point, I've decided that..What ever I do now, will just make my job easier come next Spring as I start into this again..
4. My game plan, for now, is to get it ready for travel...I'll wax it up real good for the winter months..Then, attack it again in steps..

I know this sounds like a lot of unnecessary work..
It's the "learning curve" price that, I'm willing to pay for the shine..

I wanted to tell you about a test I performed last night..
I know we've all talked about how our units look in the "shade versa the direct sunlight..Well, last night I went out with this bright LED flashlight WOW..You can really see "everything" on the surface of the skin..What looks nearly perfect otherwise, shows up quite differently under the glare of the blue LED flashlight..Try it and, let me know what you think..
This was going to be my last day to work on the unit as I have to work 12 hrs tonight and tomorrow night..It's so foggy out that, the moisture level is actually collecting on the surface of the A/S..Grrrrr (Making it nearly impossible to attempt continuing the polishing progress).

Keep up the good work..
BTW, after working for so long and, all those hours..My arms don't seem to wearout nearly as quickly as when I first started...lol...Move over Arnold...lol


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Old 10-10-2003, 09:27 AM   #254
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WOW!!! Excellent job!

Hat's off to you, Tim & Garry!!
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Old 10-10-2003, 03:43 PM   #255
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I'm impressed!
I'm also, John..
The guys on here that have undertaken the task of polishing their units deserve "KUDOS"..~!
Thanks for your comments..

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Old 10-10-2003, 04:11 PM   #256
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Great job Vern...

So your not cycloing much lately? Have you decided just to compound for now due to your time constraints?

I have found that I am having another problem with my trailer. I talked with Tom at perfectpolish.com and he indicates that after you compound with F7, once over with the cyclo and F7 should remove the swirls quite easily.

Well.... of course that is not the case with me. I must have something else going on. I have cyclo'd the door for example about 4 times and still have nice compound swirls present. I also went over the entire street side and still have swirls. Tom says this should not be the case. What is your experience?

I still have more compounding to do of course just wanted to get some sections complete with wax but it looks like I have to figure out whats going on.

Back is out big time now so what ever I can do will be slowwww going

Keep up the posts and pictures everyone, it sure helps motivate!
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Old 10-10-2003, 04:49 PM   #257
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Vern looking good, I have the same thing about the learning curve and knew I would not get 100% satisfaction 1st go round. However; looking at your pictures and mine I suspect I will have more redo than you will come spring. I will "not" go look at it with a bright light in the dark, I will make sure when I do look I will be on the shade side heheheh.

Tim I have no experience with the Nuvite but wonder if you have tried the SS as a compound? If not it's worth a shot. SS also works good as a second step after you have compounded but need a soft pad on the drill. I stoped using the clyco it was just not doing what I had expected and was taking longer than the Harbor freight buffer. The Cyclo did leave swirls unless I shined very small areas and changed the polish area on the cloth every few min.



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Old 10-10-2003, 07:43 PM   #258
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Great job Vern...
First, coming from you..that means alot..I know that you're doing an "Awesome Job" as well..I feel for you and, the back problems.
For several days in a row, I was experiencing back burning sensations..I'm sure it's not the same as your but..It makes me aware of that issue..

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So your not cycloing much lately? Have you decided just to compound for now due to your time constraints?
Second, Yes, that's correct. To be truthful with you..I'm finding that..I can get an almost perfect looking results just using the 1/2 inch drill with the wool bonnets. The swirls are there, to be honest. Those will be dealt with later..It was the "depth" of the finish that I've decided was more of an important goal for me.
Later, as time permits, I'll make trips down to the Va Beach location and, continue my polishing efforts.
To be perfectly honest with you, as I've stepped back to look over the previous areas..I can see where I need to hit it again to smooth out the surface to get that depth.
I know when I say "crud buildup, you know (from your own experiences) what I'm referring to. This is the main issues for me at this time. I'll spend whatever it takes to get to that base and, go from there to achieve the "perfect polish"..If there is ever such a thing..lmao..

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I have found that I am having another problem with my trailer. I talked with Tom at perfectpolish.com and he indicates that after you compound with F7, once over with the cyclo and F7 should remove the swirls quite easily.
Thirdly, I'm gonna be quite candid with you..Don't be afraid to try different combinations..By that, What I'm trying to say is..F7 is an excellent compound but..for instance..
Let me just say this..I was getting rather disappointing results with the compounding tool/wool pad on some of the upper most area that had the worst crud buildup..It just seemed nothing was working..I know now, from trial and error what works for me. It may or may not work for you.
Here's what I've done.
1. On the surface that was seemingly impossible to clear up..I'd just stop and, get a small piece of rag then, put a few dabs of compound on that area..Have a real hard go at hand compounding it. After it got to the point where I just couldn't move the polishing compound around any more..Then, I grab a clean soft cloth and wipe it off..Might have to do that several times..By the time I had done that on one whole panel section, I was then ready to switch back to using the 1/2 drill..Most times, I found it worked just perfectly using the 'C' grade polishing compound..It's really important to remember that the use of the variable speed 1/2 drill should be as slow as possible..Extremely slow..in fact. Work it around up and down, then sideways thru that polishing compound as it darkens..(Watch it start to clear thing up for you..trust me it will) Just when you think the polishing compound is starting to stiffen up..Hit the drill at hi speed and, move it around quickly..Watch it shine like crazy..
If this doesn't work for you.."Send me a plane ticket and, I'll be only to happy to show you.." <grins>
Give it a try...Remember this, always be welling to try whatever method it takes to get down to the depth that you want. Don't get too involved in doing this using just a certain step..Sure, there's a reason for having "steps"..One of the main ones is to go from a coarse to a finer grade of polishing ..That should always be your goal..but, in between, do whatever it takes to get there..
The one thing, I've read and, seen talked about so much here was the use of "sandpaper"..That is something I have stayed away from completely~! I'm not saying that there's not a place for it but..From what you've said..the results have been somewhat disappointing ..Unless you understand completely the proper tech to clear those up..Why just do it? I have not yet seen anything, so far, that I could not clear up by using good old fashion "elbow grease"..Maybe I've been lucky so far..??
Anyway...after tomorrow..I'll be gone for a week to 10 days on the road..
You guys keep posting, I'll have my laptop with me and, try as might to check in on how you're doing.
Have a safe weekend and, remember..
"If you see a Airstream heading SOUTH..that shines like crazy..WAVE, IT'S ME." LMAO
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Old 10-11-2003, 11:54 AM   #259
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Lightbulb Thanks for the ideas

Thanks Garry and Vern for the ideas. I'm getting very good results now with the compounder.

My main issue now is the the cyclo and getting the compounding swirls out. I'll just have to experiment some more as you say. I may even have to recompound with C to help.

Got out this morning and tried to get a couple of hours in but the polish just smeared instead of cut. I did nothing different. But the outside temp was about 52F.

I think that is too cold to polish. Its the only thing different.

Also, Vern, I used the mothers wax on my truck. That sutff goes on great. (read, easy to wipe off). I just hope it holds up well, never used it before. But I tried turtle wax in the past on my vehicles and it was very difficult to wipe off and kept me from doing it like I should.

Have a good trip.

Look forward to everyone's posts!
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Old 10-11-2003, 08:42 PM   #260
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My main issue now is the the cyclo and getting the compounding swirls out. I'll just have to experiment some more as you say. I may even have to recompound with C to help.
Of course, the differences in our unit's condition may account for the results. In all candor, from the pictures I've seen of your polishing efforts..I'm somewhat mystified as to why you're not getting the desired results from the use of the Cyclo. All things being equal, from the looks of your pictures, I'd swear that, you'd be getting excellent results with little efforts.

The only advice I can offer you is not to let it get you down, don't be afraid to try something 'new'.. Try not to get "bogged down", keep an open mind approach to the task. It's what I do..If I find something isn't giving me the desired results, I'll switch to another method or, try a different compound. I've even switched polishing compound (I have a pound of Rolite polishing compound on hand, just in case) in certain instances with excellent results..
Every once in a while, I'll be working on a certain area and, shout EURKA~! I can see the nicest example of what we're all striving for.."Perfect Polish". It gives me hope that, come next year, I'll be better able to achive that, as an more uniform result.
I need to get out of here as I've got to get my plans in order the upcoming trip tomorrow..So much to do, in so little time..
The great news is, the "SilverTurtle" is ready to show her stuff..lol
Thanks to all for all the well wishes for the trip and, I'm looking forward to reading up on your progress reports in due time..
This is the SilverTurtle, in her former attires...lol
See ya~!~
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btw, I worked an additional 4.5 hrs this morning on the A/S, after working 12 hrs at work last night..Finis'd up the top section, etc..She's ready to hit the road..And, I'm one tired puppy..
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Old 10-11-2003, 09:49 PM   #261
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Cool Have a good trip....

Hope you have a good trip Vern. Have fun showing off your efforts!!

Can't wait to hear your stories.

I got a couple of hours in today. Just kept compounding since its what I do best

43.5 hours so far....

Here's a pic. Still have below the belt line to do...
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Old 10-11-2003, 09:57 PM   #262
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In a WORD, "WOW~!
lOOKING MIGHTY NICE~
I know you're very proud of the results of your efforts~
thanks again...
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Damn nice job!

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46.5 Hours....

Don't mind me, just making my diary entry since everyone else is done or gone

I am out of F7. So I decided to go over the curbside again with the compounder and Nuvite C to help cut the compounding scratches left by the F7.

I'm going to order some more F7 and try to cyclo again.

Still have both ends the the very top to do
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Hey Tim - I'm not either done or gone. In fact, I'm a long way from done. Got the trailer out from under the trees this weekend and had an opportunity to photograph it in the sun. I got this far with three bottles of SS. Not lasting as long as I hoped. A friend and I ordered a whole case direct because we have three trailers to polish. Here's one of the latest pic's.

PS: Tim - why is your avatar license place from NM and you're from CA? Always wondered.
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PS: Tim - why is your avatar license place from NM and you're from CA? Always wondered.
Well, I bought the trailer from a guy in northern CA, who got it in NM and never registered it here.

It was just the most interesting picture I had at the time. I'll probably update it after I get the polishing done. If I ever get done

Yours is looking quite nice btw. Keep up the good work.

How many hours would you say you have into it?
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