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Old 05-04-2015, 06:44 PM   #1
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First day polishing my '74 Overlander

2 hours:

2 hours:

And the other result what my 13 year old called a 'scary zombie'
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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Looking good, the trailer that is. Painter sock can help keep most of that alox off your face. Weeks more to go. Don't let it beat you down, especially in that Hampton roads heat. Tyvek suit with skivvies on underneath can be fairly comfortable.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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Yeah I pretty much decided today that I'm going to let this kid that works for me finish most of it I really don't mind the dirt btw it was just funny because my daughter came home from school and just fell on the ground laughing in the driveway. Sunglasses and ear plugs are definitely a must!
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:31 PM   #4
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Nice!
Remember take off your shoes before you go into the house.
What HiJoeSilver said about the painters sock, or a cool ninja mask!

What you type of buffer and polish you are using? Love to see more photo's of your progress. Maybe some video? Thanks for sharing!


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Old 05-04-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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And whatever you do...DON'T wash your clothes in the family washing machine. Ask me how I know...

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Old 05-04-2015, 08:03 PM   #6
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Dennis I bought the Airstream polishing kit from Jestco on ebay that came with buffing wheels and the grey and pink bars. I got a $50 angle buffer from Harbor Freight that seems to work pretty good. I stripped the clear coat off with some aircraft stripper and a pressure washer. The polishing goes really slow but you already know that if you've done this before.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:52 AM   #7
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Thanks Tom,
So many different polishes and polishers and different techniques out there. Always interested in how others work things out. Never to old to learn new tricks. Keep up the good work.

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Old 05-05-2015, 11:51 AM   #8
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I started out as a skinny,, 125 lb. weakling.. Once done with our Overlander I looked like Popeye at 200 lbs. Still have problems reaching for things over my head after 2 years.

Started yesterday to give our A$ a nice touch up polishing.. Seems if I get too it every year I can keep up with the effort of a old school car wax job..

Looks great,, and you are 1/8 done at this point.. Sodbust
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:00 PM   #9
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Really appreciate this thread you've begun. It's helpful to get a blow-by-blow description/assessment of the process. I'm trying to summon the time and courage to jump into the affray with my '72 Sovereign.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:41 PM   #10
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72 Overlander here keep posting !


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Old 05-05-2015, 03:11 PM   #11
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Get a Mask. You don't want your lungs looking like that. Or Boogers ! I may have to start in the Fall just after I buy the 250 count of Ibuprofen.
Wherever you wash your cloths , be kind and run the washer a second time with soap so the next person doesn't ruin their cloths.
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:59 PM   #12
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I'll second tjansen. Wash your clothes/rags at a laundrymat and be kind and run a second empty load with lots of bleach/hot water for the next guy. Karma!
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:37 PM   #13
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Ooh! That's inspiring!
I'm JUST about to start the process myself. First I have to scrape some oxidized squigglies off of the entire trailer.

Would you share with all of us how you started? And which products you are using?

More photos! It's GREAT looking with that shine! Well done.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:24 AM   #14
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Stripping

Very inspiring !
Ready to start my '72 land yacht safari.barn find.
Is there an alternative to the nasty clearcoat strippers.
Has anyone tried steamcleaning ?
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