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Old 02-04-2012, 10:33 PM   #57
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82 ? probably didn't even have any freckles :-) am polishing my 62 safari and am begining tto think that my cyclo hates me.
orange tint is probably result of moss being allowed to grow, will hose off with presure washer but roots of moss penetrate clear coat. have seen green , red , and brown have to strip to remove.
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:07 AM   #58
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So how hard is this finish to maintain? I am thinking this is rather maintenance intensive.

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A polishing guru once told me what to do to maintain that that beautiful shine. Divide the surface area into 12ths. Each month re polish that section. In one year you will have re polished the entire coach. The next month start again with number one. Takes decipline. Lessee now, 34' divided by 12.......

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Old 02-05-2012, 05:16 AM   #59
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82 ? probably didn't even have any freckles :-) am polishing my 62 safari and am begining tto think that my cyclo hates me.
orange tint is probably result of moss being allowed to grow, will hose off with presure washer but roots of moss penetrate clear coat. have seen green , red , and brown have to strip to remove.
You're probably right about the orange tint. When we strip the clear coat from that orange area, do we need to remove the big awning, which is immediately below the orange? Will the stripper damage the awning or awning roller cover?

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Old 02-05-2012, 05:25 AM   #60
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So I have finished the first pass with the nuvite F7 and F9 (in a few bad spots). I applied nuvite C to the curb side today. It is looking good and I am pleased with the progress so far.
From your photos, your Ltd circumference faux wood stripe looks brand-new: is it? If so, how/with what did you replace it? Ours is peeling badly, but now that we have a building to keep it in, I am encouraged to redo it.

Your whole trailer gives me a bad case of polish-`and-condition envy! It's gorgeous!

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Old 02-05-2012, 08:39 AM   #61
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Envious doesn't begin to describe. Now I'll be subscribed so I can keep up with the posts and dream of shinier days...

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Old 02-05-2012, 09:44 AM   #62
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I used the stripper around the awning and was very careful. I would make the assumption that the stripper will damage anything that is not aluminum. The stripper is more goopy than runny; it can be wiped off if need be.That makes it a little more manageable in tight spots. I am sure that the ideal condition would be to remove the awning accessories etc before beginning the process. I removed what i could, and protected the rest.
In regards to the stripe, I painted the field color black, and the stripe dark gold. Then applied pinstripes to surround. The photos are generous it is a ten footer, as you get closer you can see the imperfections. It is so much better than it was when I bought the trailer. I was faded and peeling. I will eventually go to a sign shop and get it restriped with custom vinyl decals. I think that will run at least $1,500.
The finish/clearcoat looked so bad that I really needed to have the polishing high on the list. The stripe is on there too, but further down.

....off to polish some more!
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:29 PM   #63
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Man, we need a truly accurate estimate of square feet. Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on a trailer this size!
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:47 PM   #64
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Well , it seemed like a great idea at the time! Haha!
I finished the nuvite C on the street side....it lights up the neighbors house in the sun!
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #65
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Well , it seemed like a great idea at the time! Haha!
I finished the nuvite C on the street side....it lights up the neighbors house in the sun!
Don't place heat sensitive items, ie. door mats, carpets, plastics on the side of your shiny rig that the sun refects from. I've ruined said items before I realized what was happening. The sun reflection could do your BBQing for you.

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Old 02-06-2012, 05:02 AM   #66
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In regards to the stripe, I painted the field color black, and the stripe dark gold. Then applied pinstripes to surround. The photos are generous it is a ten footer, as you get closer you can see the imperfections. It is so much better than it was when I bought the trailer. I was faded and peeling. I will eventually go to a sign shop and get it restriped with custom vinyl decals. I think that will run at least $1,500.
The finish/clearcoat looked so bad that I really needed to have the polishing high on the list. The stripe is on there too, but further down.

....off to polish some more!
Don't quite understand how you did the broad stripe that should be faux wood. Is that what you painted dark gold? How did you strip the old faux wood strip off to prepare for the new? Could you post a close-up pic of the stripe? Thanks!

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Old 02-06-2012, 05:52 AM   #67
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Don't quite understand how you did the broad stripe that should be faux wood. Is that what you painted dark gold? How did you strip the old faux wood strip off to prepare for the new? Could you post a close-up pic of the stripe? Thanks!

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The faux wood stripe was mostly there, just faded to a yellowy color. A proper restriping with wide stock vinyl decals/ striping is absolutely on my "captains" list. However the paint option just made it more presentable until I get that far down the list. From 10 feet it looks decent enough. that works for now. I am anxious to get the original scheme back in place.
I literally taped and masked the body of the airstream, painted the black background first, then retaped and painted the dark gold inset. I pinstriped the perimeter of the gold inset after all of the taping was removed.
I found that you can go to the local newspaper office and buy the end of the newsprint rolls for a few dollars. It is about a 4' high roll of paper by 50-60 ft or more of length. great for misc projects like this... and cheap.
I just looked back at the pictures of my airstream when I picked it up from the PO's house. I has come a long way! (...and yes those are clouds painted across the entire interior shell)
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:30 AM   #68
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So what does it look like now inside?

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Old 02-06-2012, 07:50 AM   #69
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Here is the interior. Flooring is antique heart pine, travertine countertops. Everything had to be repainted. I had the curtains made this past spring, that really makes a difference.

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Old 02-06-2012, 08:14 AM   #70
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Wow, looks really great. Lots of space too.
Could you elaborate on the actual pads you used? Did you use a random orbital buffer as well?
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