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Old 07-30-2004, 10:05 AM   #1
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Polishing a 1967 Ambassador

I am new to the vintage airstream thing, so please ignore my ignorance. I'm in the process of picking up a 1967 Ambassador. The overall condition is what I would consider good. I would like to know if this can be polished to the mirror type finish that I often se e on some of the nice vintage airstreams. I didn't know if certain years had a different clear finish or if some had a matte finish to them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:11 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

Yes your unit will be able to be polished to the mirror finish. It will take either a healthy checkbook or many hours to DIY, but it can be done.

Do a search on polishing and you will find quite a few threads on the processes and results.
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Old 07-30-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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Polishing a 1967 Ambassador

Greetings fowlplay14!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstreaming!

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I am new to the vintage airstream thing, so please ignore my ignorance. I'm in the process of picking up a 1967 Ambassador. The overall condition is what I would consider good. I would like to know if this can be polished to the mirror type finish that I often se e on some of the nice vintage airstreams. I didn't know if certain years had a different clear finish or if some had a matte finish to them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The '66 - '68 Airstream coaches can and have been polished to a mirror finish by a number of owners. A member (and Past-President) of our Wisconsin Unit has a '68 Soveriegn that he has mirror polished. The coach is pictured below at the 2001 VAC Rally in Viroqua, WI:



You might try posting a quiestion for Ed Emmerick on the VAC discussion list, he may be able to give you a few hints about the techniques that he used with his coach.

Good luck with your project!

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I recommend http://www.perfectpolish.com/ for everything you need to know about polishing a trailer.

If you have clearcoat that has to be removed, I recommend RemoVall 220, instead of Citristrip or Safestrip. I started out trying to remove my clearcoat with those two products but found RemoVall 220 a much better product. I purchased mine at http://www.dtep.com/. It is safe and environmentally friendly.

Good luck.
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