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Old 05-02-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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How picky are you when you polish?

Hey all,

How picky are all of you when you polish for the first time? Do you try to get absolutely every pinhead size mark out? I'm not sure if we're being anal or what! It's taking forever & I'm not sure if we're being too picky! Let's hear from everyone who has polished their babies!

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Old 05-02-2006, 09:06 PM   #2
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We don't worry about every "pinhead sized mark"...

Each time you polish it gets better & better. We shoot for looking good at 2-3 feet away ~ I would say over winter it deteriorates to 5 feet. But most people think it "looks great" even when we can tell it's not "perfect". It is after all a 40+ year old trailer ~

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Old 05-02-2006, 09:23 PM   #3
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It can be obssesive ,where you want it perfect .The desire for it to look like chrome almost.I decided right away not to go to crazy on the shine on my 60 tradewind.I knew that I would be "crazy" with shinitus if I did not set myself some limits! Insideout is correct that it will be smoother and shinier the more it is polished ,the 2 to 3ft rule sounds good .You can be obsessed with those tiny marks,I would say you,ll enjoy it much more if you shine it to where your pretty happy .Then do more if you feel like it ,not feeling like you must ! The 5ft rule definately comes into play ,then you hit it with the polisher some more ,You must enjoy your prized airstream ,not suffer polishing it .It does take time to get it to a certain level though so get it shiny ,then you can go back and see if you want to do more,....or not ,its all good!!

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Old 05-02-2006, 09:28 PM   #4
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Depends

On my first cut, I am just working to get the oxidation off. This patch took about 15 minutes with my buffer and polish. I'm sure I will get more picky when doing the second time around. But like they say, it gets easier and easier to do, but harder and harder to perfect as you go, because every little defect comes out. The Trade Wind is coming along nicely though. I'm going for the 2-3 feet away for my first run or try of this. Good luck.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:24 PM   #5
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Can't be too picky or you will never finish

I've polished a lot on 3 different Airstreams. One is very mirror like and the other 2 are still far from being shiny. I've decided you can't ever get a perfect polish. Even on the one with the good skin and immediately after I finish polishing, all it takes is different lighting to bring out more flaws or areas that need another pass. Late afternoon or early morning sun brings out the flaws. Or to really ruin your day take a LED flashlite out at night and examine your polishing efforts. So perfection is an elusive time consuming goal.

You didn't say what method of polishing you are using but I recommend the Nuvite process (Compound first with a auto polisher then Cyclo). If a given area doesn't brighten up after several passes drop down to a coarser grit polish to speed up the polishing. Check out the Perfect Polish Application Guides on the Perfect Polish web page. There are good tips buried in the guides and the Airstream Polishing Project sections.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:51 PM   #6
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I've never polished mine...
But I liken polishing your AS to painting a car or tractor - both of which I have done.
As Jbond says it's all about the lighting.
AND remembering this:
No One will ever look as closely at your baby as you will while you are polishing it. Because you are spending hours scrutinizing what others will only casually see. They will see a gorgeous shiney monster. Only YOU will see the miriad imperfections.
Keep it from becoming "unfun"
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Old 05-03-2006, 01:30 AM   #7
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Imperfections!?

Ultradog -

Are you saying there are imperfections? in either AS's? and/or their owners!??? Am I hearing/ reading right???!!?

NOOOOOO, say it isn't so....!

AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!! So much to do, so much imperfect lighting!

I'll take a picture, for posterity! when it is all 'perfect'! Don't hold you breath anyone....

Keep on 'keeping on' out there!

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Old 05-03-2006, 07:23 AM   #8
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We're using the Nuvite/perfect polish method. I have to admit that I've bought other compounds (3M & Heavy Metal) to try them too. Nuvite has worked best so far. I'm waiting for an order of the heaviest stuff to use on the filiform (sp?) stuff. Also, how shiny do the window surrounds get? I don't seem to see them buffing up to a mirror shine like the rest of the aluminum. Anyhow, I'm doing this basically by myself now as my son got a job after school & on Saturdays (which I'm glad about). I'm working every day but Sunday (greenhouse business), so this might take me until next Fall! Oh well, like everyone said, just keep it enjoyable and it will be fine!
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:46 AM   #9
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I agree with the other posts, the 2' and 5' rules work great and even when I look at mine and see all the little imperfections (both trailer and that guy thats in the reflection) when people see it they always call it "that real shiney trailer". As far as the window frames mine never did get shiney I just keep em clean. Make sure to take plenty of PICs of your progress.
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:02 AM   #10
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Like they don't leak either

That is like saying my Airstream doesn't leak --- they all leak. Some of us just admit to it.
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Ultradog -

Are you saying there are imperfections? in either AS's? and/or their owners!??? Am I hearing/ reading right???!!?

NOOOOOO, say it isn't so....!

AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!! So much to do, so much imperfect lighting!

I'll take a picture, for posterity! when it is all 'perfect'! Don't hold you breath anyone....

Keep on 'keeping on' out there!

Peace

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Old 05-03-2006, 10:40 AM   #11
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Ok Rob...

the age 'ol question... "Whatcha using?"
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Old 05-03-2006, 12:34 PM   #12
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I learned on my Caravel that the little pinhead spots were not as bad winding up with scratches from using F9 or G6 trying to get them out or the scorches from getting the metal too hot.
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Old 05-03-2006, 02:11 PM   #13
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Ancient Chinese Secret!!!! I'll take a picture of what I am using and post it later. It's a wonder polish!
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Old 05-03-2006, 05:30 PM   #14
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Rob, what happened to the Bart Simpson T.V. ariel ? It's missing on your latest pictures.
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