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Old 09-10-2003, 08:32 AM   #15
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*barge*

which rally(s) are you guys going to in the next month? maybe I'll see you at one.....
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Old 09-10-2003, 02:04 PM   #16
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Talking Just a few more..

I'd say this was about 4 hours work..Finis the top section of the door and,
the panel next to the door..


BTW, Mark..I'm glad you enjoyed yourself..
That's what it's all about..
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Old 09-10-2003, 02:08 PM   #17
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It really goes fast..

This section is almost finis..In that, I still need to do the final polish step..

All together, not a bad day's work..

Had to stop early as I'm meeting some 'out of state' friends for dinner..
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Old 09-10-2003, 02:12 PM   #18
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Rivet Just another shot of same section.

I can't wait to get this moving on the road.....lol

That section under the door's window is a long, long trailer. It hold the name of the PO..I forgot to strip that~!!
Oh well...more minor details..
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Old 09-10-2003, 10:47 PM   #19
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Question How much remains

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You're awfully quiet there...

How has the new drill combination been working for you?

looking to see more pictures..

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I contiuned on with the back end panel I originally tested with. I compounded with F7. It has only brought out a decent shine, not a clear mirror finish. Not nearly as clear as one of the side panels.

So, I guess I will just have to go over it a couple of times.

I also tried cycloing S over the side that I tested the F7 on and I find the cyclo harder and less results than th e compounding with F7.

I am still working the bugs out of my technique. I also have a generic backing plate and pad that is started to distort its shape. Having a problem finding a 3M stuff locally.

It's kinda nice/fun seeing the shine come thorugh as I compound. Makes me want to keep working on it so thats good.

Will try and post more pictures soon.

Love the drill. I went with a 1/2" Milwalkee. It has a great feature I didn't know about when I got it. A trigger lock!
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Old 09-11-2003, 12:46 PM   #21
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Question Why?

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Okay, I grant you that, "learning by trial and error" works. But, why beat yourself to pieces when I suggested a alt.??

Give it a try..
  • 1. Compound polish with G6...This means the entire panel that your working on..Don't switch to anything else until that panel is done..
    2. Compound polish with C
    3. Switch over to F7 with the Cyclo polisher and, do the entire panel.
    4.Cyclo polish with S, to finis the job.
BTW, in between the polish stages, be real sure you clean everything with a nice soft flannel cloth..CLEAN the rivet heads in between each step, etc..
You can end up with something like this...(Just did it this morning and, this was with not even using the S polish yet..)
I called "Perfect Polish" and they said that order was scheduled for delivery today...I'll do the final stage with the S polish when I get my hands on it..
As always, good luck~!!
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Thanks for your input. I don't doubt you either.

I just don't have any G6 and *the boss* keeps seeing receipts for "all that polishing stuff".

Between the tools and polish I have about $500 invested so far. And I still have three mouths to feed

I'm just trying to work with what I got for now. I may have to order a real backing plate and 3M pad from perfect polish anyway so I might get some G6 to try out.

I'll try and get some pic's tonight if I get some time to polish polish polish......
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Got a about 2.5 hours in tonight. Makes it about 3.5 hours total so far.

I contiuned to compound with F7 and had somewhat of a revelation. I sure everyone else already knows this

I found that if you move the compounder VERY slowly it works much better.

Anyway, I got a pretty good shine with swirls as to be expected. I may experiment some tomorrow and compound with C over the spots I just did. Looks really good a couple of feet away.

Do most people compound then cyclo and finish all the way each segment as they go? Or do they compound the whole trailer then go back and cyclo? Just curious.

Here are some pictures I promised.
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Thumbs up Really NICE~

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That looks nice~!
Likewise....I hear you about the others...
It's about the same amount here as well..But, the way I look at it, the Cyclo is an investment toward the care of the A/S..It will always be a part of the inventory. lol

As far as the steps toward polishing the unit..I've combined what's been recommended with, the condition of the aluminum skin.

You might want to try a small can of G6 first, just to see how it will work for you. I'd give Tom a call..(tell him you want a sample..lol)

Again, I hear you about the cost..The stuff is expensive~

Have you done any research yet on what to use to "preserve" the polish surface once your finis??

In reply to your question..I'd just do a sectional piece at a time..completely, before moving on to the next section..Like that upper panel you've started on..
In my case, the only reason why I moved on was the lack of S polishing compound and, time~
BTW, I did get my package from 'PerfectPolish' today, just haven't had a chance to open it yet..First thing in the morning...
I don't know about you but, at times I have trouble remembering what's been done. lol
Again, continue good luck~(it's a lot of work but...)

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Any tricks to cycloing?

I have the sweatshirt material and rubber bonets suggested by perfect polish. I tried it a little and found the the weight and movement of the cyclo is much more difficult than the compounding portion.

Do you move the cyclo up/down or left/right or does it matter? Do you push down hard or let the weight of the machine do the work?

I tested a little with it with C and S and did not see much improvement but I may have been moving it too fast.

Any cycloing tips will help!
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Tim ~ You may want to check out a Vintage Rally for some polishing tips. Usually someone will be demonstrating or would be happy to help you on your own trailer if you bring it. If a rally isn't feasible, contact a VAC member in your area, there are lots of folks in No. Calif...any volunteers? We'd love to show you what works for us...but we're a bit too far for a demo! Unless you have a trip to Denver planned...

Another idea, have you checked out the Swift Polishing Video? It can also be found on the Perfect Polish site. We found it to be very helpful, even though they demonstrate on an airplane. It helps to see "live action" polishing rather than relying on only words...

Good luck, what you've done so far looks good!

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