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Old 04-14-2010, 10:21 PM   #29
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Way nice finishes on those big babies...! Making me reeeeal jealous!
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:02 AM   #30
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I am using Buffs with 3 rows of stitches. It is about a medium. The closer the stitches the harder the buff. I do have soft buffs for the next cut. There is no stitches and it will deflect pretty good to get right up next to trim and windows. I might suggest if you are trying to polish out any scratches no matter how light that you try the white rouge. It will cut a little and still give you a very good finish. The Blue rouge will give you a mirror finish, I would venture to say better than the red rouge. It will not take off any metal so scratches will remain if not removed in the first step.
The secret to using rouge is a little goes a long way. You don't need to see it on the buff. Just touch it to the buff with it running a couple of times and that is enough. You won't get the black residue that sticks to the trailer and needs to be cleaned with Mineral Spirits. You will be able to tell when it is time to put more on as you are buffing. Clean the buff with a rake after 4 or 5 times adding rouge
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:52 PM   #31
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Al,thanks for your reply..............i am like you in that i am trying to avoid the cyclo and nuvite........i started polishing with the kit that is selling on ebay by jestco and it is working well, however my buffs arent holding up good at all ,they are the soft cotton 8'' unstitched buffs...........i am going to try the stitched medium buffs like you have .....and the white rouge like you suggested.............your airstream is looking very nice and you are making quick work of it............thanks for the advice and keep up the good work! Rich
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:53 PM   #32
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Al...where did you purchase the buffs and the rouge? I have the same polisher and would like to try your method. Thanks!

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Old 04-16-2010, 09:49 AM   #33
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YouTube - AIRSTREAM POLISHING Here is a link to a guy who polishes Airstreams for a living using the rouge and buffing wheel method
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:23 PM   #34
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Holy crap, I sure hope he is wearing ear protection, that is some serious noise, and from the speed at which he is proceding, it will last for many, many hours. A good recipe for some real problems if you don't take extreme care.

Also, I think I have a better idea of how polishing outfits get the pricing they do for this work. It's not like something you could read a book while doing, it requires close attention by the look of it, and yet it must be mind-numbing.

But then, I can imagine there's a good deal of payback when you finish a section; standing back and seeing yourself in the shine.

Very educational video, thanks!
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Old 04-30-2010, 02:22 PM   #35
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Update on Polishing

Time for an update on the progress I have made. Attached are a couple of pics to show how far I have come with 17 hrs total time in polishing. Granted it is not perfect but will be when I am finished. Still have to polish behind the supports for the Awning and a couple of places next to the door handle. Many many feet to go. Still have not done anything to the top yet. That will come after I figure how to get up there and work without damaging something.
Just received the new axle assemblies today and can't wait to get started on them also. Probably next week, going camping this weekend.
Enjoy the pics and I will keep you posted as I go.
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OMG
Hope the guy in the video doesn't gets payed by the hour. I have always thought about taking something like this on. But the time amount of time its taken him to polish just a few square inches, no thanks.
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Is this guy just being too meticulous? Is there a faster way?
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Old 05-08-2010, 05:47 PM   #38
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Is this guy just being too meticulous? Is there a faster way?
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Is this guy just being too meticulous? Is there a faster way?
There are no shortcuts.

200 hours of filth and sore body (DIY) or a much lighter wallet (pay an expert to do it). Your choice.
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Hey Archer! I got a new toy yesterday. Bought an 85 25' Sovereign. Had to sell the 73 to pay for my son's college tuition and finally found a newer AS worth the price and time to spent dolling up. I'll post pics later as we woke up this morning in the mid 30's. Your AS and the great job your doing polishing is inspiring. But I don't think I'm ready to take on such a big job. Maybe later
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Interesting technique in that video. I am much too impatient to do it that way. I just did the whole trailer 3-4 times, each layer got easier and easier. The biggest reason for this was that I could see the overall progress. I can serious understand why those guys charge soo much to do the job.

Archersfin yours is looking great but boy that is a lot of trailer to do.
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I am retired and it gives me something to do with all the extra time on my hands. Probably will get into it hard this week. I need to get something done before it gets too hot to work on the unit outside. Already reaching the upper 80's and in a couple of weeks will be in the middle 90's. As it is, it is too hot in the middle of the day for me, so I just hit it a couple of hours in the morning and a couple in the evening.
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