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Old 02-26-2012, 04:15 PM   #15
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Cyclo pads

The pads are a Cyclo product. They are available from numerous dealers, many of whom are on eBay. I don't remember offhand who I bought them from, as I searched for the best price and bought from several dealers--all records on old computer that no longer works.

The lady who answered the phone at the Cyclo company was very helpful. Check out their website for the pads they make and the various methods they have for attaching the pads to the machine. I went with the velcro attachments.

Lots of stuff on eBay at prices lower than the factory. Occasionally a used polisher shows up there also.

Good luck with your polishing.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:50 PM   #16
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So stumbled across this one...I too want to "clean up" my trailer's skin (its got the AS pattern baldness on top), but in general the skin is in good shape and not sure I want to invest the time/effort in the mirror-polish thing.

@ Mimiandrews, love the way your trailer looks btw.

So after stripping the clearcoat, you did a one pass polish to remove oxidation spots using an aluminum cleaner...can you tell us what the brand was? Also, how long ago did you do this? How well has it held up? Did you put anything on after polishing (e.g wax)? Did you polish the whole trailer to make it all match up?

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Old 03-01-2012, 09:47 AM   #17
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To answer Stonew98's questions:

The polish was Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. I tried some truck box polish first, but the Mother's worked better.

The machine was a Cyclo with the yellow wool pads that are a Cyclo product. No sweatshirt material covering the pads. The Cyclo does not leave swirl marks like other polishers. It was originally made for aircraft polishing and has been in use for many years in that industry.

There were a few areas that came back to "original finish" as soon as the clear coat was stripped. Did not polish those. Did polish the areas (mostly the top, but also on the side of the trailer that had been most in the sun for 40 some years) where the clear coat had failed and the aluminum oxide had formed.

The picture was taken right after I finished. Six months later, the trailer still looks pretty good without any wax or other protective coating.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:25 PM   #18
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Hey all, I read somewhere that the 1960's Airstreams were made of a different type of aluminum and polish up nicer then those made in the 1970's, is this true?
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Hey all, I read somewhere that the 1960's Airstreams were made of a different type of aluminum and polish up nicer then those made in the 1970's, is this true?
The difference is that the earlier Airstreams have a smoother finish and the 70's have more of a "mill finish". Both will polish up well, but the older trailers are a little easier because you don't have to get rid of the mill finish.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #20
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They did not change the type of Aluminum used until about 1981, so anything prior to that should have the same Aluminum and look great. I have a 1975, just had it stripped, sanded and repolished and it's absolutely the nicest thing I have ever seen.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #21
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They did not change the type of Aluminum used until about 1981, so anything prior to that should have the same Aluminum and look great. I have a 1975, just had it stripped, sanded and repolished and it's absolutely the nicest thing I have ever seen.
We're talking about two different things here...

1) In 50's/60's there was no mill finish texture, it was smooth so there is no need to sand or use other techniques to get through the texture before polishing, as you (and other polished 70's trailer owners) did.
2) In the 80's the alloy changed which is a different aluminum composition - this has nothing to do with the mill finish texture.

Regardless, even 80's or newer trailers can be polished (all metal can) - it's just the aluminum alloy is different so the shine may not be quite as bright or last as long.

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:27 PM   #22
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Regardless, even 80's or newer trailers can be polished (all metal can) - it's just the aluminum alloy is different so the shine may not be quite as bright or last as long.

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What do you strip a '65 with? What do you compound/polish with Shari?

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We stripped our '64 with Kleen Strip Aircraft Stripper, our '56 didn't have clear coat.

We've polished two trailers - the first was our '64 GlobeTrotter that we have since sold. Originally (about 8 years ago), we used the Perfect Polish method. Right before we sold it about a year ago, we "touched it up" using rouge bars like we did with our '56 (also see post #487 & others in the same area of my thread).

You can also see a polishing demo Mr.InsideOut did at the 2010 RMVAC Rally here:

Airstream Polishing Demo RMVAC 2010 Rally - YouTube

Regardless of the compounding method, the only way (IMO) to really get that mirror shine is with a Cyclo Polisher w/micro fiber cloths & Nuvite - it's what gets the swirls out.

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Sweet!

Freaking Awesome is all I can say.
Just read your other post "it's a girl".... well portions of it. I may just use a 1/2" drill with the GA58 grinder/buffer adapter and a 6" wheel.
Do you think that would work for the compounding portion?

Also, how much of the Black/Brown/White caswell compound bars do you think would be needed for a first go round on a 20' globetrotter?

It's not too bad, but will need a good compound.

Will a whole brown bar do a trailer?

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Thanks!

Here is a list of materials that we used for our 22-footer...should be about the same for a 20-footer ~

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Awesome!

Oh man, you got me going. I cannot wait, I'm like a kid in a candy store.

I'm seeing if I can buy local here, but if not I'll go through caswell.
Fastenal does have alot of that stuff from Osbourne, but the guy is going to
let me know what it will cost.
Caswell isn't that bad, all in all I thought it would cost much more.
I'm guessing the reason people charge so much is due to labor.

I'll keep following up on your thread and see if I can get through it.
Right now I'm following about 5 and they take up a lot of time just reading.

Thanks Shari!

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I just got a 65 Globetrotter. What do you suggest for polishing? Steps and products please!
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I just got a 65 Globetrotter. What do you suggest for polishing? Steps and products please!

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