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Old 03-27-2011, 04:50 AM   #1
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I got a 'Used' Cyclo.What's next?

Found a Cyclo locally for $100.
Its says made 01/96, and seems in good shape, runs fine from what I see.

Anything I need to do or check on it?
Any wear checks, or advised service items to have on hand like Armature brushes?

I only have the Cyclo, and 2 old worn foam pads. The heads have velcro on them.
Can someone give me a "Starter" list of what I will need to get ready for polishing my Motorhome?
Also want to use it on my cars paint, so what is best to have for that?
Is the DoublePrecision™ system worth thinking about?

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Old 03-27-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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Here's a maintenance video for the cyclo:

YouTube - Cyclo Polisher Model 5 Maintenance

Have fun!
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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First there is the prep phase where you will need:
scaffolding,
black bunny suit,
and a personal trainer to get you body ready.

Just prior to polishing you will need:
a good sunscreen,
cheap sunglasses you don't care about,
and a dose of Advil in you.

After polishing make sure you:
take more Advil,
see a masseuse,
and a chiropractor (set up these appointments in advance)
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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Can someone give me a "Starter" list of what I will need to get ready for polishing my Motorhome?
Also want to use it on my cars paint, so what is best to have for that?
Check these out...

Cyclo Polisher - Aluminum
Cyclo Polisher - Paint

But before you get to using the Cyclo, you will need to refer to this first...whether you chose to use Nuvite polishing products or bars or ??? you will need to compound first to remove the oxidation. Cyclo Polishers are for getting that last "mirror finish" but won't get you there alone.

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Old 03-27-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
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Becky:
Thats AWESOME!
Thanks!


Sweetstream:
Well my recent workouts include 2 engine swaps and 2 tranmission removals, so the Polishing gig will be part of my circuit training!
I have tried the Advil, but prefer the Martini regiment better...
I do have a Chiropractor and Masseuse on staff tho!
My Leather bunny suit is gonna be too warm I think....

Insideout:
Thanks for that link and info!
I think its gonna be a while before I polish the Motorhome, as I have a large panel to replace first..
When I spotted the Cyclo, at that price, I figured I should just snap it up!
Did I do ok on price or should I have been firmer?

Oh, yes, I am aware of the steps, and in fact have started stripping the old weathered clearcoat in places for fun and to test some stripper I had already...
Added this little package to my kit already...
And yes, I took the extended warrantee!
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:11 AM   #6
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When I spotted the Cyclo, at that price, I figured I should just snap it up!
Did I do ok on price or should I have been firmer?
I think anytime you can find a Cyclo for around 100-bucks, you've done very well...

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Old 03-27-2011, 11:57 AM   #7
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A hundred is what I paid for one via ebay a few years ago. It's still in the garage, but time is coming that ... well, you know. The axles are done, the windows are done, the AC is done, so the list of things to do to the Airstream above polishing is growing vanishingly smaller. (Not to mention that not a single soul from this forum has offered to come up here and polish the thing for me.)

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Old 03-27-2011, 07:32 PM   #8
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Good!
I feel better now!
So the plan is to buy some Nuvite F7 t start with..., how much does 34.5 feet of Classic Motorhome need?
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:52 PM   #9
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Check out all of the tabs on the perfect polish site. You will need a compounder as well as the cyclo.

Use their method from start to finish an you will be pleased with the outcome. None of it is cheap or easy, Don't cut any steps. Do it all and you will like the result.
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Becky:
Thats AWESOME!
Thanks!

Sweetstream:
Well my recent workouts include 2 engine swaps and 2 tranmission removals, so the Polishing gig will be part of my circuit training!
I have tried the Advil, but prefer the Martini regiment better...
I do have a Chiropractor and Masseuse on staff tho!
My Leather bunny suit is gonna be too warm I think....

Insideout:
Thanks for that link and info!
I think its gonna be a while before I polish the Motorhome, as I have a large panel to replace first..
When I spotted the Cyclo, at that price, I figured I should just snap it up!
Did I do ok on price or should I have been firmer?

Oh, yes, I am aware of the steps, and in fact have started stripping the old weathered clearcoat in places for fun and to test some stripper I had already...
Added this little package to my kit already...
And yes, I took the extended warrantee!
Go to the jestco site. I have polished 6 AS so far. I have tried 4 different ways. Goto Jestco. Trust me.
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I hired my job out and I am glad I did.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:33 PM   #12
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I hired my job out and I am glad I did.
Looks AWESOME Jim!

I was taught by an Old Rich Man....
"Don't spend Dollar time on Cent work!"
In other words, If the window cleaner earns less than you per hour... you do what you do, and let him clean the windows....

That works fine... but in this case, I am out of work...
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what to do now?

start doing pushups. a lot of them. you'll need beefy shoulders!
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:35 PM   #14
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New member with first post. Plan to get an Airstream eventually so I've been reading a while trying to educate myself. One of the things I have learned is about the Cyclo. So when I found one at a yard sale for $5.00 and he said make an offer I brought it home for $3.00. Model-5 in pretty decent shape and works fine. Now if I can find an equivalent deal on an AS.
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