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Old 05-03-2005, 08:16 AM   #85
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Look at my first post that started this thread-

And you'll see that I was looking for something like Heavy Metal. You'll also see that in the first 2 pages of posts, I was bombarded with the same people as it seems always push nuvite and a cyclo, perfect polish, and finally got started.

All I did was ask for a fast easy way without spending a fortune- instead I got pounced upon. The heading at the top says Airstream Knowledge Sharing Forums and not "if you haven't done it, keep it to yourself" and believe it or not, I feel that just because another member has found a better way, and I didn't do it yet- I still believe him, just as I believe the guys at the airport.

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Old 05-03-2005, 10:35 AM   #86
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Another thing people may not realize is that the effects of different polishes may last longer than others. Some people found that polishing done with SS clouded up over the next few months. Polishing done with the Nuvite/Cyclo methods have lasted longer without clouding. The Perfect Polish guy explains that this has to do with how deeply the polish works, and moving the aluminum around on a microscopic level, while polishing with SS may only shine the surface and leave microscopic pits that will tarnish/corrode sooner..

Bottom line, you can test these things, but the final test is how long it really lasts before you have to do it again. The only people I know of who polished their trailers entirely with SS sold them shortly afterwards, so I don't know how they held up. I know many people who have acheived a mirror-like shine with the cyclo, and it has held up over time.

You can polish your own trailer any way you want, but there's a lot more to this polishing thing than just being cheap and fast.
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Just looking at the pictures of the test I would say that was way too much Nuvite applied to that panel.You are just supposed to use a just fingerprint of polish.Try it.
What does that HM do to the Alclad? Remember the Alclad is only 7 mil thick.
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Nuvite F9 is a compounding polish. S3 would have been more similar to the Ultra fine HM and might have produced the same result.
Southern shine is also a coarser polish. The 3 polishes tested are dissimilar.

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what color was the HM to start with?- I only see the wiped on piece where it started turning black immediately- a good sign.
Ultra fine HM is blue in color, I think that's what you're seeing rather than black.
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Correction

In looking closer at the photos on the link provided, I see that the HM that was used was red, which is the coarse polish.
Other than Walbernize, the only polish I have used is Southern Shine, and I know that it takes much more than 3 minutes to buff it to a brilliant shine.
Sorry for the confusion.
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HM is FAST

I can't get over how fast the HM Red worked - it really isn't that course to the touch - it compounded with minimal work. The 3M stuff I'm using for comparison (granted, in med grit) "works" much longer, but (obviously) doesn't cut as deep (leaving a milky shine if not used with the HM first). I'd like to try 3M's hard grit, but as my system (HM Red followed by 3M medium) is working so far, I'm not sure if I'll be buying another bottle of 3M heavy grit this go around.

The only dissadvantage is the SHORT working time of the HM. It dries so quickly that you can only do a small section at a time (see my other post in "the winner")
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Matchless and Aqua Buff polishes-

Has anyone here checked out Matchless Polishes?

I remember talking to Paul at Spec about a polish called Matchless- that he swore by and said it was commonly used by most of his clients on aircraft, was sent some samples- and saw some polish called Aqua Buff at a marine store. I opened the can at the store and it looks the same. I called the company and they did say that it was Matchless, private labeled, and sold under their name.

They have a turquoise polish- medium grit, and a white one- finer. The good thing about these are that the marine store was selling a 2 gallon bucket for about $100 and a gallon was $58, not including the discount that I get there- it was retail.

If a gallon was $58, it translates into $7 a pint- the same size nuvite costs $45- right?

If this product is being used by professional aircraft polishers- which are probably 99% of Specs business- I'd say to trust it. Matchless says they have Boeing and FAA approval on all their products.

I'm still trying to figure the pricing of that stuff- is there some secret ingredient that makes it work not as well as HM did in bambis dads test, but cost so much? Just doesn't make sense...

Its all made from $5 sticks of rouge- but for simplicities sake, now that the costs of alternatives are so low- HM, Matchless, SS, etc., I'll probably test and use a product from this list.
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I know that it takes much more than 3 minutes to buff it to a brilliant shine.
Yes, I know it does take longer for any of these to really be where they need to be. I picked 3 minutes because I needed to draw the line somewhere.
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Matcheless Metal Company: http://www.matchlessmetal.com

Aqua Buff: http://www.aqua-buff.com
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Thanks!

I took my samples over to the airport and the guys really liked it! They put it on a plane with a paint brush- which cleaned up very easily- and buffed on it and then followed with the white fine polish- 2000- and it was perfect! I did not have my camera, so have no proof for the "you didn't do it yourself" guys. One worker at the place said he thought it looked just like nuvite- til we talked price.

That Aqua Buff- was in bigger buckets- gallons and 2 gallons, and they were cheap for me because I know a guy there who gives it to me for cost plus 10%- I was at $30 for a gallon of the 2000- 8 pints to a gallon, right? Less than $4 a pint- less than 10% the cost of nuvite! I guess thats not fair- most can't get a discount like that but the gallon was $58 retail, so about $7 a pint- still a LOT less and the pro's loved it!

One said he'd used HM before and said he liked it but that it was "runny" and said that made it hard to work with. Is that at least true with anyone who's actually used it? How was it applied during the test? Also, in the test was a new pad used for every product- I told these guys and one said the last product would be blended with the new one.
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>One said he'd used HM before and said he liked it but that it was "runny" and said that made it hard to work with. Is that at least true with anyone who's actually used it? How was it applied during the test? Also, in the test was a new pad used for every product- I told these guys and one said the last product would be blended with the new one.<

Yes. That IS the problem with HM.
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"Its all made from $5 sticks of rouge- but for simplicities sake, now that the costs of alternatives are so low- HM, Matchless, SS, etc., "Travelcloud---
so everything is made from rouge huh? Why so obessed with knocking the other methods and materials? Is it a repressed memory of polishing from your youth?
Really it does seem this topic is being polished to death!
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I found the hm

SInce the hm is a liquid I had a hard time with it. When I did a small test area I was very happy BUT... When I started to go at it would fly everywhere. Ive been using a milwaukee variable speed buffer. I start out so slow it barely turns until it gets worked in then turn up to maybe 1000 rpm. But it still seems to go flying. and I dont think im using too much. I apply it directly to the pad and move it around before I turn it on. Also I seen to have a heck of a time getting the residue off. I still like the nuvite the best for ease of use. Also when finishing up with nuvite S, im having a hard time getting the residue off. Ive found that the rolite ap300 is easier to work off.
Just my opinion from using it.
On a brighter note im going camping finally next weekend and when I get back im putting the trailer in my warehouse. I need to take a month or 2 off of working on it.Been quite an adventure doing the interior and exterior at the same time. Also I had all my windows tinted with limo tint. Dark #5 except the terrible plastic one that needs to be replaces. Looks way cool.. I dont think the tint in finished in these pics. I will have to take some more. also wrong area on here but here is a pic of the drapes my wife picked out and had made
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Starman, I have to say, I love that entry door! Just beautiful. And the polish job ain't too shabby either!
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