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Old 09-20-2003, 07:46 PM   #85
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my back hurts

Got in several hrs today with the new buffer. Its the Harbor Frt variable spd.
I have to admit I was dissapointed. I was expecting to much.
Where the clear coat was in good condition no problem one pass with the course buffer and SS then use the soft pad. I then used the Clyco with a sweat shirt for the mirror shine.
Now for the oxidized area over the front window where the numbers were, no amount of anything short of the green 3M pad then the white 3M pad followed by 600/1200/2000 grit sand paper to remove the oxidization. When polished with SS the shine would not even out so I started over with #0000 steel wool and Turtle Wax heavy duty auto compound followed that with a mild auto compound then SS. Final polish with the Cyclo. It still is not perfect but as good as it gets for now.
I did find using the mineral sprits to be a great idea before the final polish. Thanks for that one !!!
For the sides I will have to follow my own advise. There are a few small spots that shine but not quite as bright as the rest so I plan to put another coat of stripper over the whole trailer tomorrow. If there is as much as a hint of clear coat left it will not polish out. Easer to strip now that 98% of the clear coat is gone.
No pics the son didn't bring his camara. He did bring the buffer and grandson.

Tim; I'll never tell but if I ever catch someone on top of the trailer checking out the polish I figure that person will be fair game and hunting season is open
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Old 09-20-2003, 09:05 PM   #86
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Talking Popeye Arms....

Man after about 3 hours of polsihing today I feel like my arms are going to look like Popeye's. Maybe I should get a tatoo of an anchor....

Garry, I know what you mean about the clear coat. I worked real hard on my entry door today and I am a little disapointed.

It had some white specles on it which I think is clear coat. So I went after it hard w/G6. Then I went over it again with F7.

Tonight after the sun went down I tried to cyclo it with F7 real quick and it did not get the G6 swirls/scraches out

Guess I will have to compound with F7 some more

I want the door to be as good as I can get it because that is where people will notice,

Oh well, 15.5 hours and no one said it was easy!
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Old 09-20-2003, 09:23 PM   #87
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Safari Tim..
I just read your report for today's activity, as well as, Garry's..
I'm getting ready for work..
We need to think thru what's going on there..You hang in there..
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Old 09-20-2003, 10:55 PM   #88
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[I'm still awaiting the arrival of my polishing supplies but, I did manage to apply a coat of wax over the finis parts..And worked on a few panels.[/B]
What kind of wax did you use? Did you use the cyclo to apply/remove it?

I am kinda worried about waterspots from rain or washing it. I have thought about waxing it as well. How did it affect the shine?


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Brought a smile to me heart.. [/B]
That's what it's all about. ;-)
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Old 09-21-2003, 01:55 AM   #89
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Question You know...

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Using 'Mother's Wax', only because, like you, I was afraid that all this work would be for naught if I didn't do something..No matter what, the wax will at least keep the water off the newly finis surface. I do believe it took the luster appearances down a notch but, I don't really care. What matters, is preserving the surface finis.

excerpts from their website:
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Carnauba has a very strong grain structure and is the hardest wax known to man. In addition to being incredibly durable, carnauba dries to a deep, natural shine (in contrast, bees wax, paraffin and many synthetic waxes tend to cloud and occlude). Carnauba wax is produced by the leaves of the tropical carnauba tree as protection from the incredibly harsh conditions of the tropical rain forest — intense heat, harsh equatorial sun and constant moisture and humidity.Carnauba wax is so pure it’s routinely used to coat pills in the pharmaceutical industry.
This may be a commerical hype but, it does shine to a nice, acceptable level.
It's also the surface protection product of choice by several of the leading polishers of A/S, that I'm aware of.

I applied it by hand, in a circular pattern and, used the 1/2" drill with a fresh clean wool bonnet to remove the haze. It also could be removed by hand, using a pure wool hand mitten.. Your choice.

Yep, I've had a number of people to come by..They all seemed to be drawn to A/S for all the same reasons we are. <grins>

Today's activities plan to paint the undercarriage and, surface of axles as part of my PMI program for this unit.

Thoughts to share.
At this point, I'm not real positive about how long the "clean" appearances will hold up. We'll just have to give it time.

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This the carnauba wax that I'm using

(plaste, in round can)

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Tim, I checked out your website -- nice pics! Your Yosemite photos brought back memories from my one trip there in the late seventies.
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I, too, finally got started. Only worked a couple of hours yesterday before it got too warm and eventually the work surface came out of the shade. Using SS as a starter and will use the psyclo w/Rolite to finish. Amazing how much less work it is than I originally thought. Getting ready to head back out this morning for a few hours.

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Old 09-21-2003, 12:54 PM   #93
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Got time this morning to do another complete strip with the Aircraft Stripper. I thought I might be crazy to do that job all over again but then I think you mignht have to be crazy to do the polishing
Don't know if it helped started to go over my problem panel again when it started to rain and about the same time my Clyco went south (power chord shorted out internaly).
WATER SPOTS are a nightmare to get out. I noticed they are worst where I polished with SS. I have one area that I polished the final coat with Turtle Wax. Put on by hand buffed off wiyh the Cylco I don't (hope) think that will be a water spot area.

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Tim, I checked out your website -- nice pics! Your Yosemite photos brought back memories from my one trip there in the late seventies.
Thanks. It still needs some updating with the rest of this years trips.

We missed seeing the falls since we went to Yosemite in August last year. We are planning on going earlier next year if we can manage it.

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This the carnauba wax that I'm using

(plaste, in round can)

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53- Thanks for the wax tip. I will look into getting some. I also need to wax my truck. Lets see some before and after wax pictures

FF- Welcome to the polishing club. It's a very busy club that's for sure! Look forward to more pictures.

Garry- Sorry about the rain. Makes me even more worried to get this thing done and get some kind of wax on it. I had water spots on my old Expedition and had to pay a detail shop to get rid of them and it still took 2 hours! Yuck

My mind is willing but my body is weak! My back is killing me

Oh joy..
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My bro in law stopped by ( he owns an auto body repair shop) took a look at my problem panel and the heavy oxidized area, felt of the SS and said I needed a heavy duty compound paste. Went to his shop and brought some back. It stoped raining for a few min and I tried it. It really helped, its a red paste and he has an even stronger white paste. He didn't bring any of the white but I can get some in the AM when his body man will be in the shop. The red is what they use after the first coat of paint, he said the white is seldom used and it may leave swirl marks. The heavy oxidization is really getting me down. I have had to scratch it off with the green 3M and then try to get back to a polishing finish.
That's about 2hrs per 2 ft square.

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Nuvite!

Garry,

You need to seriously look into the Nuvite products at Perfect Polish

Start with G6 on the really bad stuff then go with F7 or C.

Also, make sure you move the compounder (with a 3M pad) VERY slowly. Like an inch per second.

Slow is the way to go.

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Unhappy Sounds discouraging

Yet, I feel as if there's light at the end of the day for you..

Man, I have some of those "gray" area as well..

We're scheduled to have rain in a day or two. I'm going to leave one panel "exposed" to see how it compares to the others that I waxed today..Sorry I didn't take any pictures. I will after the rain ends for a comparision with/without wax.

I also went over today to visit Safari Tim's website. Very nice results~!
I can't say enough praises for the work you have done~!

Today's project was to crawl under the A/S to spray paint a few areas that need touching up and, coat the awnings all around with water repellent/UV block treatment. (Stuff made by 303)
I'll be checking that out too..

BTW, for you guys who are using the 3M pads to get the really bad areas cleaned..Remember to go to the PP website and, read how to clean the grits left behind from the 3M pads.. Otherwise, what might happen is, even tho the panel is cleaned..The final results will show that spot to be somewhat cloudy..
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