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Old 03-17-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Polishing 87 Excella

I am posting this for all you doubters that don't believe a newer Airstream will polish out nicely. Or if you have a post 1984 when they changed the material. I am just getting started and have miles to go. The first two are a before and after of the curved section. The next one show the area below the strip that has been polished from around the door forward and the last one shows miles of aluminum to go. So far I have 2 days in stripping and 6 hours in the first stage of polishing. The last pic show how well it looks with the first stage of polishing. I will go over the complete coach before I go to the next step. Will post as I go how the progress is.
Enjoy the pics
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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That looks great!
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:09 PM   #3
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What have you used so far to strip and polish? We have an 88 excella that needs this.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:30 PM   #4
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Beautiful!

You're the second one to start polishing a triple axle in the last week. See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...m-54749-2.html, post 24 on.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:43 PM   #5
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What have you used so far to strip and polish? We have an 88 excella that needs this.
I couldn't get the Removall 220 so I went with the Removall 520 as a substitute.
I tried the Citrus strip but it left a haze I didn't like. The 520 will just hose right off when it is ready. You will have to go back and do touchup stripping on the areas that is missed.
The polishing is being done with a rouge stick. I have one type that is to be used with a soft to medium buffer wheel and another grit that is to be used with a soft buffer wheel only. It doesn't remove any metal just polishes out any marks the first wheel leaves. I won't use it until the last operation. I am trying to complete this project without using Nuvite or a Cyclo. Just to see what kind of job I can get going a different way. I can't afford Nuvite or the Cyclo and the rouge is only about $8.00 per stick. Should take about 6 sticks to get the whole unit to the stage you see in the pics.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:54 PM   #6
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Wow! That looks great. You have to keep us posted on the progress and add more details on the rouge/pads.

My '91 had the clearcoat fail in big chunks at different times so I have 1) areas that need to be stripped with good aluminum underneath 2) areas that have failed in the last few years, no clearcoat and a slight case of aging and 3) areas that failed years ago and are basically grey.

Getting all 3 areas to match while not trying for the mirror finish is going to be my challenge.

I think we must be nutz for trying this on 34's
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:58 PM   #7
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Ours is a 29'. I guess that makes us just slightly less nuts?
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:33 AM   #8
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Also very interested in your rouge method--more detail would be great. From your pictures it does appear to be less messy. I had black oxidation slung everywhere within 20 feet and had to throw away some clothes yet you still appear to be clean? What gives? Where does the oxidation go?

Keep it up--will be well worth your efforts. Please post pics of your progress.
Here's a quick shot of ours pretty close to the end of the polishing adventure.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:25 PM   #9
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Also very interested in your rouge method--more detail would be great. From your pictures it does appear to be less messy. I had black oxidation slung everywhere within 20 feet and had to throw away some clothes yet you still appear to be clean? What gives? Where does the oxidation go?

Keep it up--will be well worth your efforts. Please post pics of your progress.
Here's a quick shot of ours pretty close to the end of the polishing adventure.
Now that is a nice looking Airstream. You have a lot of work in it and it shows.
I will take more pics as I progress and also take a pic of the rouge and wheels I am using. Mind you, this is just the second step in a three step progress. (1 Strip, (2 Rough pass polish, (3 Finish pass Polish. The base metal is in good shape so I started with a semi fine rouge, I will finish with a pink jewlers rouge and an open buffing wheel, no stitches.
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What type of grinder / polisher are you using? RPM's?
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What type of grinder / polisher are you using? RPM's?
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Wow that looks great! Keep us posted.

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Old 03-28-2010, 03:11 PM   #13
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Update on Progress

Actually it is going faster than I expected. I only work an hour or two whenever I feel up to it. It is a messy job and does get tiring holding the buffer over your head. I took a few more pics of my progress and have only put about 5 more hours into polishing. Guess that gives me a running total of 11 hours. The more you work on it the more you learn what you can do and not do. Be very careful with any protrusions you have on the trailer. The buff will grab it and tear it up for you real fast. There is also a couple of pics of the rouge I am using along with the cotton buff and the buffer.
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Wow, looking great.
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