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Old 05-20-2008, 05:30 PM   #29
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62 Overlander,

Thanks for following up with your knowledge. I am familar with wet sanding from racing sailboats. We actually only went to 600 grit to create micro scratches to reduce frition off the hull. With that said I could see why you would go on up the food chain.

One clarification. Are you suggesting that we should wet sand on heavy oxidation instead of 10+ rounds of F7 or F9? I have been using F9 and Rolite Pre-polish and it is taking forever.

Also, no wonder you all have such nice trailers when you notice the detail of the type of beer in a cooler! Very impressive.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:36 PM   #30
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He's right, if you are in the polishing business or otherwise use it a lot, but...
I bought mine at HF and polished a 21' AS twice and it's still going strong. I have also had other incidental uses in the shop and loaned it to my brother in law for a car polish job.
I hope it runs for a long time, but I have gotten my $29 out of it already.
I'm still having a difficult time biting off $199 for a Dewalt but I appreciate the value of good tools. They can make a huge difference...on the other hand $29 buck is tempting...just to get started.

I must say now with a little knowledge under my belt and with the help all the experience here I'm really looking forward to re-approaching those worm-signs armed with some sandpaper and power tools!
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He's right, if you are in the polishing business or otherwise use it a lot, but...
I bought mine at HF and polished a 21' AS twice and it's still going strong. I have also had other incidental uses in the shop and loaned it to my brother in law for a car polish job.
I hope it runs for a long time, but I have gotten my $29 out of it already.
!!!!! MY OPINION.... The place reffered to as Harbor Freight, it sucks, their tools suck, and so do all of their polishing supplies. I am trying hard to burn it up. I smell it coming... the smell of brakes coming from it now. As soon as it goes, I buy a Makita or Milwaulki, a real tool to do real work. Waste your money and enjoy the way it makes your carpal tunnel feel after 100 hours. also it is spinning at three times the speed it should be even in the slowest setting. Hey, it is a free country and you are free to piss your money into what ever wind you choose. Also I payed $14.97 for the whole kit.... still payed $14.96 too much. MY OPINION !!!!!
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:14 PM   #32
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I told you 62o had an opinion on it...

Personally, I've used Harbor Freight tools successfully for many years, but they're definitely lower quality than "real" tools. The air compressor I bought there has worked great for almost ten years.

On the other hand, I'm on my second brad nailer from there. Each one costs about $14.99, and they seem to be lasting about 3-4 years each. Still, I'm coming out ahead of the game since the least expensive "real" one I've seen costs around $60.

But let me be clear-- I've never used any buffers from there and cannot comment on the quality or the carpal-tunnel implications of using one.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:22 PM   #33
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ON STEEL WOOL..........
I've heard that little bits of steel wool can become lodged around rivets and in seams and rust later causing red stains. Has anyone had this problem?

I have used steel wool in a small area on a different trailer and did not notice any rust, but since I have used bronze wool and got good results, not that I will ever try polishing my Safari. Another guy in Texas used aluminum wool and got very good results....... a blinding shine.
Just thought I would add some other ideas to keep everyone wondering what is best and hopefully report back to us.
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Full-Range Spin Control!

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...it is spinning at three times the speed it should be even in the slowest setting...
I hear ya!

Just to investigate I dropped by Sears on my way home to see what their brand name polisher was like. Well it's only $70 bucks but not variable with only two speeds.

To my way of thinking 62overlander is right. These other brands apparently don't have full-range variable speed control. I would rather pay extra for the full-range spin control. Especially, when going after worm-sign!

However, "just to get started" $29 buck might serve somebody's purpose. Now, if I could only put my finger on that purpose...? Seriously, though, thanks to everybody who is contributing to this thread --no matter what your preference in polishers! Major karma to ya. All polishers are welcome to join the filiform-fiesta at my place!

Now...that Milwaulkee, on the otherhand, sitting there next to the Sears brand for $199 was mighty tempting. So far I haven't found a Dewalt anywhere in town. Gotta find that automotive repair supply shop soon...

Hey, where'd you find that whistling smilie?
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Also, no wonder you all have such nice trailers when you notice the detail of the type of beer in a cooler! Very impressive.
Chris, I admit I have zero experience, so far, working on airstreams but I do have a bit of experience, unfortunately, investigating the contents of ice chests especially the Mexican style coolers like the one in Marcus' photo!
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I am going tomorrow to buy a real polisher...

Sam, The key is making finer and finer scratches no mater what you use. That is it in a nut shell.
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Cap'n Jack...

I love it, perfect line for a restoration...

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Thats great!!
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Thanks SafariSS!

BTW I notice you posted about your experience with filiform corrosion in several of the other threads on this issue. Since you're near the coast do you mind sharing your experiences dealing with worm-sign and remedies if any on the Safari? --Cap'n Jack
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We all have, and are entitled to our opinions, I don't begrudge them. But, my $29 HF polisher/buffer is variable speed and will go from a near standstill to whatever the rated speed is. There is no problem getting it slow enough.

If someone is otherwise inclined to try one, don't let the eroneous speed comment turn you away.

Mine has been working great - but may stop tomorrow. Who knows?
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We all have, and are entitled to our opinions, I don't begrudge them. But, my $29 HF polisher/buffer is variable speed and will go from a near standstill to whatever the rated speed is. There is no problem getting it slow enough.

If someone is otherwise inclined to try one, don't let the eroneous speed comment turn you away.

Mine has been working great - but may stop tomorrow. Who knows?
Wow! That's good to know. Spin control for us all, even on a budget, in the good fight against incipient worm-sign!
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.... If it works for you, it works for me. That is all I will say. Today I am buying a Milwaukee. I think it will work for me.
I always have something to add... I also have strong opinions of the yellow tool maker. There is no yellow anywhere in my shop except on the poplar shelf, I do have some yellow poplar.
opinions they are like a certain body part, we all have them.
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Hmmmm, perhaps we should go back to less controversial subjects, like beer...
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