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Old 03-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Partially polished airstream. where to start?

Hi yall,

My 1978 Sovereign was stripped and polished with an angle grinder type polisher by the PO. The finish looks pretty good, but is not a mirror finish, has some minor oxidation and pitting in some spots, and still has some swirl marks visible. I don't really want to do a full blown mirror finish on the trailer, but would like to clean it up a little bit and fix the minor pitting and try to get some of the swirls out. Should I go to work with a variable speed angle type polisher, or go straight to a cyclo? I know I am going to encounter some blending issues where the oxidation and pitting stop but still think it will look better than it does right now. Here are some photos of the trailer as it sits. Just like every other one, she photographs better than she looks in real life! Any and all input is very welcomed!
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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A rotary polisher will get the oxidation, but make sure you stay under 4000 rpms. angle grinders are typically in the 8000 rpm range. I use nuvite on my AS. The rotary will leave swirls.
The cyclo/nuvite S will take care of the swirls and brighten the finish as well.
Nice looking rig!

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Old 03-06-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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Just saw a cyclo for sale on the classified section, looks like a fair price. Might want to look there. Have fun
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