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Old 10-25-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hi, I need to clean/polish my 75 Land Yacht. I know there are several post out there, it's just really hard deciding what will work for me. These are pictures...of course I would love a mirror image shine, but, I am turning this Airstream into a commercial kitchen, & just need it looking good, as quickly as possible. I do not have proper buffing tools. I do not want to mess it up before I can go through the rigorous process of stripping & polishing eventually. For now, I need to clean/polish what do you suggest? What do I use & where can I get it?
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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The most informative document I know if is at the VTS website:

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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Met a fellow here that had stripped the clear coat and polished his older 28 footer (the right way with aircraft polish tools). He said it took him and his son 80 hours. I've seen 'Streams that were done half-a**ed, and they looked terrible.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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Even just stripping it would make it look a lot better...
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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I agree with Aage, strip it and then reevaluate. Without the proper tools you aren't going to be able to get a mirror finish, this is not a job to attempt by hand!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:15 PM   #6
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:09 PM   #7
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Agree. You could buy all the equipment needed to do the job yourself, but you have to have the time and knowledge (which is available here for free), but the time of you making money in your know how vs some one who knows how to polish an Airstream is what the difference is...
Ours is in need of a polish. Next Spring when we are busy at our store and cannot travel we are going to bite the bullet and get her done.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:38 AM   #9
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Can anyone suggest a $$ estimate to have a 1987 31ft airstream in reasonably good condition polished to not a mirror finish, but a highly polished finish. Thank you, capt. Billy , soon to be new owner.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:07 AM   #10
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The pro places quote something like $100 a foot.

But that's to a mirror finish. It seems they go all the way, or stay home.
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Of the jobs I've done on my trailer, polishing wasn't the worst (for me) at all. I got instant rewards when I stripped the clearcoat and I could see progress immediately as I buffed and polished through all the stages. My hard costs were about $800. I bought two new tools, a Northern Tool variable speed buffer and a new Cyclo.

I wasted a few dollars trying different compounds and buffing bonnets, but not a lot. If I do another one I'll probably just stick with the Airway wheels and buy another Northern Tool variable speed buffer. I like the one I got. It's still good after all the work it did throwing those Airway wheels.

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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Can anyone suggest a $$ estimate to have a 1987 31ft airstream in reasonably good condition polished to not a mirror finish, but a highly polished finish. Thank you, capt. Billy , soon to be new owner.
Enjoyed seeing a polished 28 footer. The owner said he paid $2m for a commercial stainless steel tank truck maintenance outfit who did it with chemicals.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #13
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Enjoyed seeing a polished 28 footer. The owner said he paid $2m for a commercial stainless steel tank truck maintenance outfit who did it with chemicals.
I heard of this before, but with the mention of chemicals, I think you should ask more questions. You aren't cleaning a tank, after all: a tank is one piece (or almost) and people don't live in it.

At the least, some chemicals could interfere with the sealants used to keep water out, no?
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:26 PM   #14
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Enjoyed seeing a polished 28 footer. The owner said he paid $2m for a commercial stainless steel tank truck maintenance outfit who did it with chemicals.
In my work 2M is short for two million. What's it short for in Antiques?
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