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Old 04-08-2010, 04:27 PM   #15
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hi Archersfin,
how is your project proceeding? I am looking forward to seeing the result.
I am very interested in the amount of time and effort needed to complete this project. keep us posted and thanks for your detailed process.

Greetings from the Netherlands
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:46 PM   #16
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Tis the season to polish!

Archersfin and Bill...you have encouraged me to start on our 29' "78" Ambassador. I finished stripping with Removal 220 and am ready to fire up the Dewalt. One question, did you remove your vinyl stripping before polishing. How about the running lights? Hope mine looks as good as yours. Good job!

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Old 04-08-2010, 07:40 PM   #17
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Roadrunner,
I did remove the lens from the running lights but not the fixtures. Wrapped them with cheap electrical tape to keep from damaging the guts.
Also left the rub strips in place. Mine are black--they polished it up and look new again. The blue strips may be different.
Good luck with your polishing adventure!!
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:22 PM   #18
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Roadrunner,
I did not remove anything for the first cut. If your buffing wheel is soft enough you can get right up to the edge and do a pretty good job of shining it up. Like I said in a previous post be very careful around anything that isn't flush with the outside.
I haven't worked much on the polishing since I took the last pics. Fishing season is upon me right now so it will wait for a couple of more weeks. This will give me a chance to heal my shoulders anyway. lol I will post more pics as I go though, I promise.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:44 PM   #19
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Must be the season I am ready to start on my 73 excella as soon as the rain stops and we have warm weather
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:04 PM   #20
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Archersfin,

Are you going to be at the Region 9 WBCCI rally this weekend? If so, I'd like to see your rig up close.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:13 PM   #21
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Archer,
Very nice! We went the cyclo/nuvite route beginning of last summer on our 1979 and it looks like you have less time/money with the same results. You said it was messy but do the pads and your cloths turn black like the nuvite process from the oxidation? I am guessing that your clearcoat hadn't failed yet, so maybe you didn't have much oxidation when you started? Also, do you have to wipe the black residue off after polishing with the rouge bars?

Once I am done with the inside of ours, I need to go back and hit a few spots with the heavy again since I learned alot as I went through the 31' of ours. Then finish polish once over for the year. I may go the rouge bar route looking at your results!
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:48 PM   #22
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Absolutely Beautiful!

Thanks for the info and progress report.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:58 AM   #23
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It appears from the pictures of your buffing wheel that you buff with the edge of the wheel at a 90 deg angle? Is this more effective than coming in at a 45 deg angle. Wondering what is prefered technique? Thanks!

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Old 04-13-2010, 06:35 AM   #24
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Roadrunner,Yes I am polishing at 90 deg with a wheel not a pad. It is much faster than a buffing pad.
Bowmans, Yes there is a lot of black oxidation on aluminum. You can't get away from it. Even new aluminium will turn a cloth black when you polish it. If you are getting a black residue on the aluminium than you are using too much nuvite or rouge. I do not get a residue because I use a little often instead of a lot less often. A little polish goes a long way on cutting down on the work. You don't have to go over everything with Mineral Spirits to cut through the black residue. Bwoodtx: I am not a member of WBCCI and was not aware of the rally, so I guess I won't be there. My trailer is not ready for inspection yet anyway. I still have a lot of work to do to it. When it is ready I would consider going to a rally and looking at others to see how they finished theirs. Thanks for the invite, if that is what was intended.
By the way where is the get together at?
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:55 AM   #25
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It is over at the KOA campground on 105. We will be there Thurs pm through Sun am. I think there are going to be close to 200 rigs there. wander on over. I will be in and out on Fri, but give me a call if you want to come over. 210-365-4441
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:45 AM   #26
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Here is another thread on this subject. This thread covers "Jetsco" products, but the concept is exactly the same. And yes, it is much less mess, as it is "dryer" than using the paste methods. The oxidation sticks to the rags when you wipe it down with mineral spirits.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:23 AM   #27
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I polished my trailer with the same method as Al. I wouldn't say it's a clean method. My face & hair were always BLACK when I was finished for the day. There are, however, less bonnets & rags to wash!
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:11 PM   #28
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Thumbs up polishing

Archers fin ,i started buffing my 1981 international last fall with the rouge and cotton buffs and i am ready to finish finaly after winter moved in ......are you using the medium or the soft buffs on your first pass ?...........i am about to order more buffs and rouge and i would like to try different buffs this time..................thanks rich
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