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Old 01-01-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Finally polishing my 34'

Started polishing my Airstream. It doesnt look like much oxidation until you see the polished part against the old part!
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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Looks great, now that's a BIG project.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #3
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You're going to be able to see that thing from space when you are done. Better by some good shades for the eyes for those sunny days.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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Looking Good!!!
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Jeez, that does look nice! Just wait till you are done the whole trailer!
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:07 PM   #6
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Day 3
One side almost done! A coat of nuvite f, and a little c on nose. The nooks and the window trim have been very stubborn.
Overall it is turning out great. I cant wait to take it camping again! My neighbors are going to hate me! Haha

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Old 01-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #7
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Fantastic Look! I'm not brave enough to attempt that yet!
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:19 AM   #9
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@phillipks:
I have found that having the right tools and materials makes all of the difference. I struggled a little at first. When I switched equipment/buffing pads, I really started making headway. Slow and steady. The results are instantly dramatic.... Good for the instant gratification thing.
At the recomendation of another forum member, I found a variable speed polisher for about $40 at harbor freight. Buffing pads and nuvite f/c/s from vintage trailer supply. (the buffing pads at vts are great).
The results are well worth the effort. If you are unsure, polish a smalll section..... Then you have to finish!
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:59 AM   #10
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Awesome!!! rough math on a 34 = about 118' of aluminum. My hat is off to you, I couldn't do it, but dang it sure looks good.
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Contemplated starting a strip and polish on my 80 Excella and wondered whether it would really have much effect on it. After looking at your pictures enough said
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I fully appreciate the job you have there. Its beautiful. Could you tell us about how you worked with the old clear coat? NICE JOB!
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After 30 years, the clearcoat was in pretty rough shape. I used "superstrip" to get the clear off. I pourd it into a small shallow bucket and used a paint brush to apply. Then used a plastic scraper to remove the clear and soap and water to rempve what was left. It took a couple of tries in a few areas. Not a difficult process, you just have to be patient.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:14 AM   #14
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