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Old 11-03-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Flour for polishing

I watched a company polish a oil tanker and a gas tanker truck. They used muiratic acid to clean the truck, after polishing, they used white flour for the final step.
They said it removed all the swirlls and streaks from the metal.
All they did was throw flour on the truck and run over it with a buffer pad.
Worked like a charm.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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done that for years

I have used flour or corn starch as a final cleanup on polish for over 30 years. We used to polish the gear doors on P-51 Mustangs and use corn starch or flour to clean up the black residue
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:51 PM   #3
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Yes corn starch
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See the current thread on ACID running below.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441...ear-45971.html
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:18 PM   #5
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Thank for the tip I will give it a try...
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:13 PM   #6
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...Ya'll better sneak up on that 'Muratic Acid' ...I sure wouldn't use it on the metal of an Airstream...but thats just speaking for myself....however I am intrigued with the idea of Flour...would love to 'stump' the big dealers with simplistic ways...I will start polishing tomorrow with some brands I got today at WMt, and got a two speed orbital to do the outside of this one...I have polished it once before and did alot of research on 'Plasticoat'...which I understand is the softer version of laquer or straight clearcoat...did you know that?
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We tried flour & cornstarch for getting the black residue off, but liked the way Glass Wax works better - and it's less messy. Unfortunately, Glass Wax is not available any longer - but we do have several cans of it left. I know there is supposed to be something "just like it" but I haven't checked it out - we have enough for our two trailers to last several years.

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Also; For dry conditions, corn starch is a lubricant for aluminum on aluminium applications
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:18 AM   #11
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Using flour to clean up the black marks and excess polish is the traditional method of polishing an Airstream. This is of course only good for use on an Airstream that doesn't have a clear coat. Airstream's early recommendation was to shine and wax with Met-All and finish with plain white baking flour. The flour absorbs the black aluminum oxide produced from the polishing, but leaves behind enough wax on the surface to provide protection from oxidation. Using flour also helps keep the cloth clean longer.
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Interesting, very interesting. Sure to give it a 'whirl'.......
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I would recommend a modified high amylose corn starch for final polishing, then use a soft white wheat flour (cake flour, not multipurpose) for clean up. Rice flour is too abrasive.

A de-branned regular fat oat flour should work well for routine upkeep, just store it in a cool place to avoid oxidative rancidity. A red, dutched 10/12 cocoa powder would also work nicely.
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