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Old 08-12-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Polish experts Qs '63 Safari: what nuvite polish steps f9 or f7

Ok all you polishing experts I am about to start the long process of polishing, I have a variable speed polisher . To start with f9 or f7 and how many cans? It's 22ft ... Then c ? Right now I only have a variable polisher, spreading the word in my group wbcci (Oregon unit) to see if anyone has a cyclo . Let me know what you guys found is best !! :-) becki
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Your skin looks to be in pretty good shape. I'd start with the F7. If its not getting through the oxidation after a few passes, you could then bump it up to F9. Follow F7 with C & then S. I'd get a pound of each. Have fun!
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Becky, I have read your post you do amazing work. So you think I should do c with a variable or wait till I can get my hands on a cyclo?
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C with the compounder & S with the cyclo. And thanks for the compliment!
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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Order several of the wool pads and the spur tool to clean them. When you do the first cut the pads load up pretty fast. You will want to have a couple of extras because after a while you just have to wash the gunk out and it takes a while for them do dry. It does not take much Nuvite on the pad so a container does go a long way.

There are several videos on youtube that might be of interest. Here is a link to a "classic"- Airstream Restore DIY 10-2 Polish - YouTube

Finally, it takes a long time and it is dirty work. I would say 8 hours per foot of trailer is not a bad estimate of the time.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:05 AM   #6
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There are many systems for polishing an AS. I've had pretty good results with Perfect Polish system, Nuvite, Dewalt side grinder and Cyclo. I used 1.5 lbs. of F7. 1 lb C and only a small amount of S.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #7
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There are many systems for polishing an AS. I've had pretty good results with Perfect Polish system, Nuvite, Dewalt side grinder and Cyclo. I used 1.5 lbs. of F7. 1 lb C and only a small amount of S.
I concur...Perfect Polish is the way to go. We've done two trailers this way...the second one a bit modified - but ultimately finishing with the Nuvite products per Perfect Polish.




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Money well spent in my opinion.

The airway wheels and compound work well for the first cut on an oxidized aluminum surface, but there is no comparison to the Nuvite finish for the final steps.
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I have done both the Nuvite and vented wheels with compound bars on a few Airstreams now and I have a type of hybrid method that works for me. I've written about it on my '72 Ambassador thread. I'n not finished yet, but this is how she looked before we went to the beach a week or so ago.
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To answer the OP's question, start with F7 or maybe G6 and if you don't get the cut you are looking for try F9. It is much more economical to buy the Nuvite in 1 lb. size for the grades used in the first compounding step. A 1/4 lb of S would be enough to cyclo a small trailer like yours. Have fun!
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So here are a few pics... I have heavy oxidation/corrosion on my roof and end caps, what is the best way to get it off, after stripping, allumibrite I hear is an easy way? Anyone use it? Trying not to have to wet sand everything.
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Started with nuvite f9 but it wasn't cutting the sunburned oxidation corrosion roof, so I took a friends advice and used the 3m super duty compound, as some on here call it "gravel in a bottle" got the center part of the roof done and the rear endcap done, (3 hours) here are a few progress photos. Look at the roof photo before and after
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What to try next? The 3M and Nuv f9 helped some.
Any suggestions on what to try to next to remove the extensive oxidation that is on the '60 AS.
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For the worst oxidation you can use wet sanding. Start with medium grits of like 600-800, then go up. Be careful ot to sand too deep and keep it wet while doing it. It works well. I also had success with a Black "Emery" bar and variable speed polisher. This got a lot of upper level corrosion off my trailer. It left some scratches which F7, and C mostly eliminated. Got the bars online.
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Ok now does the sandpaper go on the variable polisher or do you use a different sander/polisher?
Do you run the hose while sanding?
Thank you for your help!
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:17 AM   #14
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I sanded mine by hand with a spray bottle in the other hand. Low tech! 600 & up to 1000 & then the Nuvite F9 etc. And, by the way, most finishes look better in a picture than what they really are.... :-)
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