I bought a 1963
26' Airstream Overlander a few years ago for $500. Yes, $500. It's in very good condition and I haven't done anything other than repair a couple sections of floor. I have used it quite a bit. Everything worked when I bought it. The original fridge works great on gas but I think the electric element is burned out. The range is in good shape. The electrical system works (12v and 110v). I was amazed. I'm still amazed. However, I want to polish it. It would look a lot better if it was polished. HERE
are some pictures.
There doesn't seem to be very much clearcoat left at all. It is mostly bare metal. There are just a few spots like THIS
where I shouldn't have trouble removing it. I have done some experimenting as seen in the pictures. Someone recommended using chrome/wheel cleaner to eat away the top layer and Flitz to polish it up. After reading in this forum I see that acid isn't recommended and I won't be doing that anymore. The Flitz seems to work very well though. I did all of that by hand in an hour.
My question is, what would be the best way to get a mirror finish? I know there are many threads on the subject but they are long and confusing for a first timer like me. Should I use a rubbing compound? What's the best polish. In my reading I found that Heavy Metal Polish
seems to produce very good results. How does Heavy Metal compare to Flitz? As you can see in the close-up
it's not perfect but it's a major improvement. There are swirl marks and slight oxidation. The upper panels seem to be slightly pitted and aren't nearly as shiny as the lower ones. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.