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Old 04-17-2007, 08:10 PM   #15
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I have been trying to polish mine also. How do i know if there is a clear coat on it and how do i get it off if there is? I bought a pound of nuvite c and s. Also, earlier someone mentioned using a drill? Does that mean that i can just get a buffing attachment for my cordless drill? Any help is appreciated
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:05 PM   #16
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Check out VTS's site and read up on the polishing instructions- I found them very helpful.

On my '68 the clearcoat was mostly intact around the mid to lower panels- but gone on the top. I used various strippers to remove it and many plastic scrapers.

Here's a link to my thread- where I've recently started. Check out VTS though!

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I wouldn't bother with a drill attatchment- and definately not a cordless. You'll need more power and the bigger surface area on a 7" polisher (even from Harbor Freight) will be well worth the purchase of a new tool!!
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:58 PM   #17
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Nice BEFORE photo, Insideout! I have the exact Milwaukee buffer but after two trailers, it's BLACK, not red. An excellent tool even though it's heavy. Everyone is right about using as little polishing compound a possible. And use wool pads. Don't get talked into foam pads - they soak up way too much compound and don't hold up as well. I've washed and reused my wool pads several times and they still work well. For the final pass of "S" grade, I use a square pad sander and T-shirt material. Seems to take out the swirls left by the big buffer. Darol
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:16 PM   #18
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I have been trying to polish mine also. How do i know if there is a clear coat on it and how do i get it off if there is? I bought a pound of nuvite c and s. Also, earlier someone mentioned using a drill? Does that mean that i can just get a buffing attachment for my cordless drill? Any help is appreciated
Take a dab of polish and put it on a towel. Rub it hard with your finger against the trailer for about 10 or 20 seconds. Then look at the towel. It it turned black, you don't have clearcoat.

Usually folks use a 1/2" chuck plug in type drill. This work would burn through cordless batteries long before you do .
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:01 PM   #19
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Thanks, I ordered the harbor freight buffer. Hopefully it will work
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:09 PM   #20
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How much again??

Well I have been polishing for the last couple of weeks when I can and It seems to be really difficult. Not that I didn't think it would but I think maybe I should be using a coarser grade. Using F7 now but it is taking 3 passes over the same small 2'x2' area to get a shine and I don't mean a mirror either. I have used about 1/3 of the one pound can of nuvite. Any input is appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:34 PM   #21
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Well I have been polishing for the last couple of weeks when I can and It seems to be really difficult. Not that I didn't think it would but I think maybe I should be using a coarser grade. Using F7 now but it is taking 3 passes over the same small 2'x2' area to get a shine and I don't mean a mirror either. I have used about 1/3 of the one pound can of nuvite. Any input is appreciated.
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Looking good, figure about 8 hr's per lineal foot. I used "C" with the compounding wheel, it took about 3 passes to bring a shine. Than I used
"F7" with the Cyclo Orbital polisher with wraps, than to "S" using the Cyclo with wraps...........
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:17 PM   #22
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:44 PM   #23
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Buffing the aluminum Worthington tanks.

It took me longer to read the comments on polishing the tanks than it took to polish them. Jestco Products Buffing Supply sells an aluminum buffing kit #787 which can be used with a right angle grinder to polish the tanks like a mirror. This kit also comes with the abrasive needed to remove the deep scratches from the factory. They also have grinder adapter if needed. the tanks are very light and I was also to do most of the job by holding the tanks to a bench grinder. The Airstream kit is also a big time saver. Best Regards.
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:40 PM   #24
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Has anyone tried to wetsand the panels before you polish them? On our sleds we wetsand the tunnels with 1000 ,1500, and 2000 grit, then polish. It seems to help remove scratches and the shine seems be better and to last longer. I have never polished an As, so I was wondering.
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:25 PM   #25
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Cool How much did you use?

I was just wondering jsflint, how much removal and nuvite was used? Did you try for a mirror and use nuvite s? I'm just trying to get all my ducks in a row so I dont have to wait on anything after I get started!
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:28 PM   #26
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[I was just wondering jsflint, how much removal and nuvite was used? Did you try for a mirror and use nuvite s? I'm just trying to get all my ducks in a row so I dont have to wait on anything after I get started!]

You may be able to get by with one gallon of removal, I was pretty sloppy with it so I will need to order more but will use about 1/2 to finish. I am using F7 which takes about 3 passes for a nice shine then I plan on using Fine for the final polish with annual polishing in the future. I have stopped polishing for now, working on other projects now. I believe I found my last leak to. . . since it has rained every day practically all summer down here is Houston.
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:26 AM   #27
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Thumbs up Thanks!

Jsflint, Thanks for the quick reply, keep me posted as I will do the same as well. As soon as I can, I will post some pics. I cant wait to get started, I've been looking at this thing deteriorate for some 20 years or so!


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If you want to learn Airstream polishing/restoration
using Nuvite. You can SEE it done step by step
using the "This Old Trailer DVD" simply go to
www.sloanmotion.com and click on dvd polishing guide.
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