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Old 02-06-2012, 08:40 AM   #71
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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?
I used the wool pads from Vintage Trailer Supply. Wool Compounding Polishing Pads The buffing wheels/mushrooms/ tapered bits are good for the small or tight areas. I tried using the generic pads that came with the polisher first; they did not work well at all. I have found that the information and tools on the VTS site is very helpful and well thought through. Bought 5 pads and the cleaning solution; I change the pads as needed and clean all 5 at the end of the day.
There are not many shortcuts. The only thing I was able to cut on was the rotary polisher itself. I ordered the Variable speed polisher from Harbor Freight. It is $40, the DeWalt is $300. I figure that I would have to go through 7 of the Harbor Freight polishers to come out upside down. They have worked well. the velcro backing plate fits all of the VTS supplies for the DeWalt.
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I am just now getting to the final step with the orbital buffer. I am going to try using a standard orbital buffer first. However, I expect that Cyclo is in my near future to finish the last step.
I have completed the Nuvite F9/F7 and C; the shine and reflection is great. It has gotten sharper and "crisper" with each pass. When the sun is shining directly on the aluminum you can see the swirls. This is due to the "grit in the c and F7. The "S" has not cut and is supposed to remove the fine swirls from the "C".
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:54 AM   #72
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Your work is looking very good. Because of the action of the orbital sander you are going to have swirls.

A Cyclo will remove them and give you a much better finish, IMO.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:10 AM   #73
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Your work is looking very good. Because of the action of the orbital sander you are going to have swirls.

A Cyclo will remove them and give you a much better finish, IMO.
Yeah, I figured that was where I was going to end up. I tried a spot with my standard orbital buffer; it looks ok, but I would imagine the cylco would do a much better job. I guess the cost of the Cyclo should be looked at as an "investment"
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #74
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I have reached a stopping point for now. The cyclo has been back ordered.

Disney World on monday!


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Yeah, I figured that was where I was going to end up. I tried a spot with my standard orbital buffer; it looks ok, but I would imagine the cylco would do a much better job. I guess the cost of the Cyclo should be looked at as an "investment"
Yes, the Cyclo WILL make a big difference. Touch-ups later will e easier but I wish it was lighter. It reminds me of my mom's old Kirby Vac!

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Yes, the Cyclo WILL make a big difference. Touch-ups later will e easier but I wish it was lighter. It reminds me of my mom's old Kirby Vac!

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You know, now that you mention it, a Cyclo does kind of look like a Kirby.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:17 PM   #79
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I got my cyclo and couldnt be more pleased with the results. I have not gotten too far yet, but it really works to get alot of the swirls and haze out of the finish.
On a different note, the weather turned out awesome this past weekend. I took the opportunity to take my 4yo daughter to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge....we could see every star in the sky! And the polish job on the AS looked great!

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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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So true Neil, I quickly learned this lesson with a brand new plastic roll up carpet, it also can melt the plastic webbing on aluminum chairs placed in the right (ah hem wrong) spot in the suns reflection.
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So true Neil, I quickly learned this lesson with a brand new plastic roll up carpet, it also can melt the plastic webbing on aluminum chairs placed in the right (ah hem wrong) spot in the suns reflection.
Good to know. I never would of thought of that
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #83
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I was able to get my new cyclo out of the box this weekend. Love it!
I used Nuvite C with the cyclo, it put a 10' deep shine and eliminated all of the swirl marks.
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Absolutely stunning! I've got another 34' for you to do, let me know when you are ready! Makes me wish mind wasn't one of the first alclads, but then again, perhaps not.
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