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Old 08-21-2017, 05:12 AM   #1
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Matte Finish Shine/Refinish

Tom (at Perfect Polish) tells me that my 89 Excella (with the "newer" aluminum) is extraordinarily difficult to polish- at least to a mirror finish like the vintage aluminum. In fact he indicates that they do not carry anything which does that.

I am not interested in the mirror finish anyway, but would like a more uniform "matte" finish after I strip the areas that have the peeling sunburn clear coat. This is pretty much all along the "shoulders" of my unit where the body turns to become the roof (think - above awning level).

I read someone here who indicated that they stripped, light polish, clean and then used clear coat sprayed on those areas.

What is my best course of action to get a finished AS with a clean and somewhat shiney look - even if it is a more matte finish grey?
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:01 AM   #2
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Likewise, I'm looking to clean...not polish...my 1964 Overlander.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:05 PM   #3
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For a matte finish after you strip the clear I would highly recommend a scotch brite wheel like this one depicted on the right. Put it on any standard variable speed buffer and your off. It cleans and leaves a satin finish like the wheels here. Reason I reccomend a buffer instead of scotch brite by hand is because it will give you a more uniform finish.


Your newer aluminum can certainly be polished to a mirror finish it just requires the right tools and know how. I have a polishing business and I have never encountered an aluminum that couldn't be made to shine.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:58 AM   #4
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Hey Jeg5263, do you have a part number for that scotchbrite wheel? I'm trying to find it and there are a million choices.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:30 AM   #5
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Hey Jeg5263, do you have a part number for that scotchbrite wheel? I'm trying to find it and there are a million choices.
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So for the late reply but it seems renegade products doesn't have these listed on there website anymore. Goshineon.com should have them or call renegade and they can help you out.
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I'm also interested. Does anyone have experience and or photo to share of results on the skin of an Airstream?
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:45 AM   #7
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So for the late reply but it seems renegade products doesn't have these listed on there website anymore. Goshineon.com should have them or call renegade and they can help you out.
I noticed some wheels have a grit number, like sandpaper. Some have grade numbers. What should I be looking for?
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:46 AM   #8
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Just curious, jeg, have you actually polished an Airstream with this pad? The aluminum is much softer than the wheels you show and I'd be concerned with damaging something that scratches when you look at it wrong.
Perhaps on an Avion or similar trailer with thougher anodized aluminum it would be fine, but I'm a wee bit skeptical about this method on Airstreams soft skin.

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I noticed some wheels have a grit number, like sandpaper. Some have grade numbers. What should I be looking for?
The wheel I have pictured runs right about 400 grit. This is what you would want for a satin finish.
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Just curious, jeg, have you actually polished an Airstream with this pad? The aluminum is much softer than the wheels you show and I'd be concerned with damaging something that scratches when you look at it wrong.
Perhaps on an Avion or similar trailer with thougher anodized aluminum it would be fine, but I'm a wee bit skeptical about this method on Airstreams soft skin.

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I usually use this wheel as a preparation to polishing of an airstream. I haven't ever had anyone ask me for a satin finish or to just stop at this step to be honest. These wheels run right about a 400 grit. I then use a da sander and sand with 600,800, and sometimes go up to 1000. Then I polish to a mirror. I actually was hoping to make a video soon of the process and post it up for everyone. Just haven't had an airstream to make a video with but I do have another trailer coming in that I can most like use since it has similarly thin skin.
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Come to Austin and test it on my Airstream. I won't even charge you. Plus I'll film it for you!

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Question 'ya in a big hurry.....

Most every time I washed it I used a green scotch pad with plenty of dawn.

After a few years>>>patina.

It looked like this when we sold it....


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The wheel I have pictured runs right about 400 grit. This is what you would want for a satin finish.
I usually use this wheel as a preparation to polishing of an airstream. I haven't ever had anyone ask me for a satin finish or to just stop at this step to be honest. These wheels run right about a 400 grit. I then use a da sander and sand with 600,800, and sometimes go up to 1000. Then I polish to a mirror. I actually was hoping to make a video soon of the process and post it up for everyone. Just haven't had an airstream to make a video with but I do have another trailer coming in that I can most like use since it has similarly thin skin.
My 34' is balding around the top of the upper side panels. Below the middle belt the finish looks fine. If I did the top half only, I'm wondering how close the satin finish with a new clear coat would match original mil finish on the bottom half. Any thoughts?

A video of your next project would be great!
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My thought is they won't match mill finish is rougher than a satin finish.
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Come to Austin and test it on my Airstream. I won't even charge you. Plus I'll film it for you!

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That's a great offer haha till I factor in the plane ride and other expenses it would only be a small fortune
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