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Old 11-09-2005, 05:23 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by 59Caravanner
How many Airstreams have you polished?
Exactly one half. No, no, wait, make that two-thirds. But breakage hasn't been an issue, just weather. We're doing the tight spots & window surrounds by hand, certainly, but ran the Cyclo right over the ol' nameplate. So far, I don't see polishing being the big bugaboo that it was supposed to be, just slow, and I don't like the laundry part.

As for the original question, I'm paying my polishing buddy $800-$1000 for an 18-footer without clearcoat or heavy oxidation and with the understanding that I would do some of the work. In reality, though, I tend to lose focus & wander off--after sleeping in first.

Of course I'm an elitist. Look around you.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:42 AM   #30
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Thanks for the compliment. I am proud of it, in fact it got the Gold Award for the 70's decade trailers at the International this year.

Now, OMG you are 20yrs old!! You are an ambitious entrepeneur for one so young. You have great ideas and plans. My compliments.

As you have noticed, there are as many ways to polish a trailer as there are people who polish them. My advice is to listen to what they have to say, pick out the wheat from the chaff and develop your own technique using what you have learned from experience and what you learn from others.

For example, 5000rpm on the buffer seems dangerous for the aluminum skin. You may have a technique that allows you to use that speed. If so, good for you. Since you are not doing other's trailers, then if it does present a problem, it will be on your own unit. The fact that you are experimenting on your own equipment is laudable. There is no liability involved.

Have you looked at for some insight. There is a link to a site that goes through the whole process. I got most of my information from there (along with all my polishing equipment).

Good luck in your endeavors. It is refreshing to see a young man with ideas and the will to make them come to fruition.


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Old 11-12-2005, 12:47 PM   #31
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Hey thanks so much for your nice comments. It means alot to a little punk like me!

I've been in contact with Tom at perfect polish for some time now. I also use the "Nuvite" method with great results. Thanx for the info!
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:43 PM   #32
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Best of Luck to you!!!

I can understand your not wishing to expose yourself to the liability of polishing someone elses 'treasure.' If you do go this route you may want to talk to an attorney about having a release form created that would reduce/eliminate unneccessary lawsuits.

PS. I'm not an attorney, but as a financial planner we're always advising our clients about the importance of reducing their personal risk. Another way would be to incorporate your business. Best of Luck!!


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