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Old 06-04-2006, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, well, after 6 months of reading threads on the polishing topic, buying what I think is the best combination of equipment and polishing compounds and materials, I have begun to polish the Caravel. I have removed the street side utility access door and did a quick one over of stripping the clearcote, Nuvite F7, then S with my brand new Cyclo and in 15 minutes of experimentation the results were pleasing (to me anyway). I learned a little by doing it myself and will slowly start the rest of the caravel next week. I hope to chart my progress in this thread and will post as I reach some of what I will consider milestones.

I have read allot of your threads and will be applying most of what you have shown but there is nothing like doing it yourself. Here are a few opening shots of the project.


BTW - a few months back I mentioned I had damage to the side panel near the access door. In one of the views you see my solution, a scare light covered the dent and cut panel perfectly. Looks OK and to the untrained eye - original. My dent was a nearly perfect dimple about the size of half a golf ball. A 4&1/8" hole saw did the trick. I would of had to replace the whole panel so until I feel the need to dig in that deep - the light will do.


Wish me luck, I'm going to need lots.....
Mike
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Old 06-04-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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... BTW - a few months back I mentioned I had damage to the side panel near the access door. In one of the views you see my solution, a scare light covered the dent and cut panel perfectly. Looks OK and to the untrained eye - original. My dent was a nearly perfect dimple about the size of half a golf ball. A 4&1/8" hole saw did the trick. I would of had to replace the whole panel so until I feel the need to dig in that deep - the light will do.
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Mike:

That's a very bright solution to an imploded problem. Whoever drove the Titliest into the side of the trailer had an excellent sense of proportion and dead-on aim; that street side scrare light is so well centered it looks like factory original equipment. Very clever soluton; and very Good Work! Your reward is that you now have to polish the entire trailer to match your bight and shiny hatch cover.
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Old 06-04-2006, 06:53 PM   #3
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I start the polish on my 66 Caravel this week as well. Lets compare notes. Removal of the old sealants is my most intimidating task right now. Good luck.
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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I start the polish on my 66 Caravel this week as well. Lets compare notes. Removal of the old sealants is my most intimidating task right now. Good luck.
I have no seam leaks or sealent issues. Mine looks like there was a complete front section replacement sometime in its life and they redid all the seams (last 15 years say???) PO had no real info on that but the original owner was a real caregiver to this Caravel. Thankfully the PO between us did no real mods to the otherwise original AS. I will probably look at the seams closer after the inital F7 polish and reseal where needed before the Rolite S.

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Old 06-04-2006, 10:02 PM   #5
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I wish mine was as good

I do have seam problems. Lots of goobered up clumps. It was an atempt to seal leaks at all the regular places. So your going to use Rolite S? I am with Nuvite compound thru polish.
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:07 PM   #6
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Nuvite S

It's late, I have typoed this before - Rebel Beck caught my mistake before. It's my fault for looking at all the polishing advice on here in the past three weeks so as not to repeat past mistakes and trials. Nuvite is what i will be using, F7, then S or C where necessary. I have to get some T-shirts from goodwill, I won't be washing my rags in my (that should read my wife's ) washing machine.
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Old 06-05-2006, 06:53 PM   #7
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I too am in the throngs of polishing. I have found that cleaning up after polishing a spot with Glass Plus works as well as Mineral Spirits. It's a lot less messy for the washing machine if you ever do use it. I AM the wife, so I've tried to find the least messy way of cleaning up! I rinse all the pads before putting them in the washer on hot & a small load. Then I do a rinse of the machine on a larger load size on hot as well with lots of soap. Comes out nice and clean!
Hope your polishing goes well. I've had lots of trials & am only about half way finished. Today I dislocated my shoulder when the polisher nicked into the awning rail and flew back. Luckily, it popped back into place & feels pretty good!
We're going camping next week, so she won't be finishied, but oh well. I look at it as a long-time project!
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Mike,
What kind of stripper did you use for the clearcoat? looks good!!!!
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:17 PM   #9
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Ummmmm STRIPPER

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Mike,
What kind of stripper did you use for the clearcoat? looks good!!!!
But I feel soooooo good...

Beck, attached are the pics of the first panel stripping today and a pic of the can of stripper. Why this brand you ask? IT'S FREE, someone gave it to me and I will use it until gone. Good thing it's breezy here or I would be in lala land. USE CAUTION, no joke with this stuff, I will go to the less toxic stuff if I have to go buy some. Paint on wash off.
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Nice to hear others are doing the same thing. I stripped my 65 Caravel a few weeks back. Just bought a 1/2 Milwakee drill and a few bonnets for compounding. Got started a few days ago. Slow going so far as the weather has been warm here. I also bought a new cyclo polisher and nuvite online. I am following the advice I found here doing searches in the forums. Joanns fabric was having a sale so I bought 5 yards of sweatshirt fleece so I do not have to wash anything. I figure it will be cheaper to throw it away than muck up my new bosch washer and dryer. I too will post some pictures of progress after I make a little more progress.
On a side note I have my new interior couches and curtains back from the upholstery shop. I am planning to break it in next week at a local bluegrass festival.
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Old 06-11-2006, 09:20 PM   #11
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Update

I got some stripping done on the street side and have moved past the first panel had to stop polishing as the switch on my BRAND NEW Cyclo broke .

I will make the repair myself and start again tomarrow. New switch is only $2 and the frustration of mailing it back and waiting is too much. There is a lot of black stuff generated as all of you that have polished know quite well. I went to Goodwill and snaged a few towels very cheap, I will get a BUNCH more.

I also did my new tanks and sanded and repainted the tongue. Not with POR and this may be a mistake, but I used spray paint that I had. I have already redone all the wiring in the tongue area.
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We get to see Mike.

Still looking good, now we get to see what you look like. The tanks look great to.
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Update

Ok, this polishing business is a real chore but the payoff is great. After I replaced the switch on my new Cyclo (another story) I went back to work. I figure I have the street side center panel about to 7.5 out of 10 level of shine. I'm learning (re-learning) that you have to work in a small area and build on it as you go. Lots of fun.
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I got about 3/4 of mine compounded. Took longer than I thought and I may make one more pass on it. It is alot of work. I had to strip it for a second time, after I started, I kept finding little areas that the clear coat was not fully stripped.
I took it camping for the first time this last weekend. Spent 4 nights in it at a bluegrass festival. It was very comfortable after spending the last few years in a tent. I took a bunch of pictures and will put together a link in the next few days.
Hope your project is going well too?
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