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Old 02-17-2005, 09:14 AM   #15
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Hey 78 Excella, That AS looks great !!!!!!!!! If and when I do mine,I will look to you for a few tips !!! Should I ask how many hours you have in it? Pictures like that make me want to polish , Scott

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More than I care to think about. Over the past 3 years I would guess about 300. 200 for the original work and the rest is spread out over the last two. You must understand that I am retired and have tons of time on my hands. (It is great to be retired!!!). I am always fiddling around with stuff. I don't count that time.

I find that as I repolish, the finish seems to get better each time. Also I become more finnicky about the finish. That can be a bit frustrating in that I am always looking for some product that will retard the waterspotting and oxidizing processes. 31 feet of trailer is a challenge to keep up. That is why I am excited about Murry's project.

I may one day have it Plasticoated by the "Ruth Boys", but for now I need the exercise and I can take pleasure in the process.

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Old 02-17-2005, 11:07 AM   #16
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Vic,

Everytime I think mine looks good I see one like yours!

Last time this happened we were camping in Tahoe basking in the compliments of my polish job, when forum member Herb Spies drove in with his trailer and blew my polish out of the water!

You should take pride as I *know* the work it takes to get it that way.

I do have a question though, what color did you use when you redid the blue striping which also looks great BTW.
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Old 02-17-2005, 02:05 PM   #17
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A 31 footer eh??

Do yourself a favor and get it painted, or better yet get an Argosy.

Other than that you might as well kiss your summer away.

Been there done that Unless it is a Caravel or smaller I wouldn't embark on such an adventure ever again.
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:32 PM   #18
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Scott,


I find that as I repolish, the finish seems to get better each time. Also I become more finnicky about the finish. That can be a bit frustrating in that I am always looking for some product that will retard the waterspotting and oxidizing processes. 31 feet of trailer is a challenge to keep up. That is why I am excited about Murry's project.

I may one day have it Plasticoated by the "Ruth Boys", but for now I need the exercise and I can take pleasure in the process.

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I would never use Plasticote because of it's short lifespan and high maintenance. The product I am experimenting with will only need maintence every 10 years and can easily be touched up. It was developed for aerospace
applications and as soon as So. CA gets out of the 'monsoon season' we're in I'll get on with my polish / clearcoat test. Stay tuned!!!
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:52 AM   #19
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wow wow wow is all i can say startrekker. thanks for the info. your a/s is beautiful

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Old 02-20-2005, 03:50 PM   #20
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Vic,

Everytime I think mine looks good I see one like yours!

Last time this happened we were camping in Tahoe basking in the compliments of my polish job, when forum member Herb Spies drove in with his trailer and blew my polish out of the water!

You should take pride as I *know* the work it takes to get it that way.

I do have a question though, what color did you use when you redid the blue striping which also looks great BTW.
Tim,
Believe it or not... it is Rustoleum Royal Blue. It has held up for three years and show no sign of failing. I used Rustoleum primer and sanded lightly with a fine grit then a couple of coats of Royal Blue. I used a 4" foam roller.

I had to paint it because I got stripper on the blue band and it made a mess. Also understand that the blue band is vinylclad aluminum. You have to be vewy vewy careful as Elmer Fudd would say.

Thanks for all the nice words. I am rather happy with the outcome.

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Old 02-20-2005, 03:53 PM   #21
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I would never use Plasticote because of it's short lifespan and high maintenance. The product I am experimenting with will only need maintence every 10 years and can easily be touched up. It was developed for aerospace
applications and as soon as So. CA gets out of the 'monsoon season' we're in I'll get on with my polish / clearcoat test. Stay tuned!!!
Murry,

Please keep us all updated on your project. We would all like to be able to do away with the water spotting and oxidizing problems, especially here in coastal florida

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