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Old 10-26-2011, 06:55 PM   #15
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Anybody do the 400 and 600 grit sanding?

Yep had to do that on the endcaps as they were seriously corroded

Took a looooong time to polish out where I had sanded

but It was much faster than trying to polish out the corrosion.

Used a dewalt random orbital sander and hook and loop sanding discs
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:11 PM   #16
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I see you bought three 3# bars of black and white compound. Did you use them all up?

Thanks for the answer on the sanding!
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:20 PM   #17
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I see you bought three 3# bars of black and white compound. Did you use them all up?

Thanks for the answer on the sanding!
I used all the black, infact if you have a really bad spot if you touch the black bar to the back side of the wheel as it is spinning it will work through the scratch really quickly.

The white I had a little left but Im sure I will use it doing touchups.

I have an unopened NuviteS for when everything is done Im going to try out.

I did not post it but I had to reorder a 10" airway wheel as I wore the others down to the cardboard center hub.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:27 PM   #18
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Do yourself a favor and buy a few of these at Lowes and use a fresh one everyday


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Old 10-26-2011, 07:43 PM   #19
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FYI.... I strongly suggest that you do not sand your Alclad Aluminum Skin before polishing!!! However if you must I would start with 500 grit...750 grit... 1000 grit and then 1500 grit. It you uses dark grey bar you can skip the 1500 grit if you start with red bar then uses the 1500 grit. I find that the 1500 grit with red bar gets the best result! I find that the grey bar tends to leave strange groves that will not get taken out!
If you can get away with 750 grit to start with then go that way rather than 500 grit!

I am also finding that green bar seams to work on brand new Alclad the red bar seams to be too aggressive and I am getting a better result with the green.

One last note that seams to always be missing from polishing post is to clean...clean...clean... between each step! The cleaner you can get the aluminum (get the black off) the better the end result is!

Hope that helps... Good luck... and happy shinning!
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I used all the black, infact if you have a really bad spot if you touch the black bar to the back side of the wheel as it is spinning it will work through the scratch really quickly.
What the . . . ? Did you hold the bar in your teeth? You held that 3,000 rpm polisher with a 10" wheel with one hand, balanced on a rib, and fed it stick on the fly? Holy cow!

I'm impressed!

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I forgot to mention! When sanding I use a spray bottle with 1/8 dish soap & believe it or not crushed ice! It sands faster smoother and your pads last three time longer...
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What the . . . ? Did you hold the bar in your teeth? You held that 3,000 rpm polisher with a 10" wheel with one hand, balanced on a rib, and fed it stick on the fly? Holy cow!

I'm impressed!

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After the first 40hrs you reach Jedi Master and you end up with the handel in one hand and the cord end or the polisher resting on your mid section giving you a free hand to feed the bar with the other..

Besides when the wheel is up to speed it feels really stable.

you want to be standing with the polisher at waist level without putting any real pressure on it. Never had it kick except when I got too close to an open window frame and it grabbed the edge of the frame.
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This is my typical polishing stance / grip
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Oh wow! Now I'm more impressed!

Thanks for your posts. VERY helpful to me.
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Oh wow! Now I'm more impressed!

Thanks for your posts. VERY helpful to me.

Cool.. No problem..

You need to start by polishing the word " Lazy A$$ " on your dull airstream door.. and then vow not to polish out the door until last... Its a great motivator...

Actually it is super addictive because you see results instantaneously.. very rewarding..
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You need to start by polishing the word " Lazy A$$ " on your dull airstream door.. and then vow not to polish out the door until last... Its a great motivator... ..
Ha! I'll remember that. I won't start till spring. Winter starts here next week.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:14 AM   #27
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