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Old 04-14-2008, 06:40 PM   #1
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Polishing a Cessna 182

Well, it's not an Airstream, but you guys seem to know what to do when it comes to this polishing stuff I bought Nuvite F7 and S grades and I'm getting great results on large flat surfaces like the wings. My issues start with the ridges on the trailing edge of the wing, and other areas where my Makita buffer is too big to get into. I've tried getting into the tight spaces by hand using Nuvite and a microfiber cloth with heavy pressure but I got nowhere. Also, the aircraft has a painted blue stripe down the side of the fuselage, and I'm worried that the Nuvite might mark up the paint when I try to do the registration numbers, which are bare aluminum but contained within the stripe (see pic). Anyone have any tips for me regarding these tricky parts? Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome. Nice ride.

We have a polishing section in the forum - maybe you could do some reading there and see what you can find.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441/
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Rivet Nice!

Pretty 182, even trimmed in blue. Ok, as far as Im concerned, you can be an honorary Airstreamer.

For the small, hard to get to areas, how about a rag wheel on a drill or rotary tool? I havent done it, but it would by my first attempt. Keep us posted.
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This won't help directly, but... a guy at our local airport has a Globe Swift (here's a link to it's picture) and I recall that he painted the bottom portion silver. He did this by carefully noting where the transition disappeared when you were looking at it. I've often thought this might be a way to approach the top of a polished Airstream, or maybe even a 182.
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This won't help directly, but... a guy at our local airport has a Globe Swift (here's a link to it's picture) and I recall that he painted the bottom portion silver. He did this by carefully noting where the transition disappeared when you were looking at it. I've often thought this might be a way to approach the top of a polished Airstream, or maybe even a 182.
A couple of years ago I saw an F86 at the Little Rock Airforce Base Air Show that had the fuselage polished and the wings painted. It was a pretty good compromise between painting and polishing. On the ground, the wings are not what you really see, and from the air, you just cant tell.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Wow, I'll trade you a whole Airstream for half interest in your 182!

Don't know how best to get in the small spaces, but my experience polishing over paint is that the Nuvite hardly touches it. No guarantees, but if your paint is in good shape I don't think the "S" will even touch it.

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Here is a link to an article on aircraft polishing. Folks with Swifts may be more obsessive than Airstream owners. A friend of mine in Southern California has one that is beautifully polished. Being a low wing airplane his biggest fear is that someone will touch the wing or set something on it.

Polishing the Globe Temco Swift

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How about a 1/3 interest for a fixer-upper 67 Trade Wind? Ok, the last thing I need is an interest in something I would have to take an airliner to use.

Zep, one way that I know of into a 182 it the Little Rock wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Arkansas Wing. They have a beautiful glass cockpit 182, but they are getting a brand-new one. The older one will be passed on to another CAP wing. Its a way to get into an up-to-date 182 on someone elses nickel, oh, and do some good too. Something similar in Colorado, or are you already doing something like that?
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Did i hear CAP??? Is anyone a CFI?
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How about a 1/3 interest for a fixer-upper 67 Trade Wind? Ok, the last thing I need is an interest in something I would have to take an airliner to use.

Zep, ...are you already doing something like that?
Wish I was. I may have to cave in to an ultralight, but with 3 axis controls, of course. None of this weight shifting, instant-death for me.

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CFI? Sure but you would need to be comfortable in an infuriated palm tree/helicopter.
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i need a CFI for a 172, or 182!!
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Oh how I whish. Im not even a flyer; my brother is the Wing Commander of the Little Rock Wing. I am under intense pressure to join, because there is a tremendous need for support staff. You need people on both sides of the radio.

I attended the Christmas Awards Ceremony, which for the first time was a combination between the Senior CAP and the Cadet program. The Cadet Color Guard presented the colors. Trust me, when you ask Whats the matter with kids today?, you are not talking about these kids. They make me ashamed about what a slacker I was when I was their age, and I was National Honor Society and president of the Science Club.

One of my friends was a captain with the Old Guard, the color guard at Arlington Nation Cemetery. I can remember sitting in his basement looking at videotapes of presentations. Comments went from Oh, he got his sword tip late, he made us look bad. to I got my sword tip up late (And we all know how embarrassing that can be).

The thing is, these kids looked good in comparison to the best.
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