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Old 05-03-2007, 06:59 PM   #15
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I have polished my 75 Trade Wind, you can check out how I did it with this link. I could not get below the finish with F7, I used a 3 M product first pass.

Polishing the Campers

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Here is a pic taken today. Doing some touch up. Ahhhh Spring
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:17 AM   #16
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Old 05-04-2007, 10:50 AM   #17
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Polishing methods

I purchased a $25 10 inch buffer from a local farm store. It did not work well for the polishing. I polished by hand using a red shop rag to apply as Gord suggests. I removed polish with old towels and T shirts. I cut up old sweats and sweatshirts and used the fleece side to buff to a greater shine. At times I sprinkled the sweatshirts with a little corn starch. This seems to work well,remove excess powder with air hose. Then I used the buffer with a microfiber pad as the last step. So you can see I used the buffer only for buffing, not polishing.
If I ever polish another trailer I will probably try a better quality polisher or maybe a cyclo polisher that several other posters have talked about.
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Old 05-04-2007, 11:32 AM   #18
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DON'T DO IT!!!!!
It would be one thing if it was looking like crap...but to go through all that work...work that never really ends, btw, ...when you've already got a decent looking trailer...well, no thanks.
Polishing is a bad idea, you can not justify the expense or the time. Because of this, I dont try . Actually, what part of rebuilding a 40 year old camper is justifiable? I say go for it.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:02 AM   #19
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So since my clearcoat is in such condition, I was thinking of possibly not stripping the center roof section where the AC sits and the roof vents, etc... and stripping and polishing the rest of the trailer. Is this a bad idea? Just curious as I am sure the roof would oxidize quicker than any of the other part of the trailer and it would allow for easier maintenace polishes.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:02 PM   #20
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No thats not a bad idea at all (I too have to say if the clearcoat is good, don't mess with it) - in fact thats what I do - polishing the top is kind of a pain and you really can't see it - somewhere around here I have pictures of my 75 that I polished - just be sure to mask off the section you don't want to polish

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Old 05-06-2007, 12:07 PM   #21
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Thanks for the input Ken...What should I use to mask off the top when stripping and polishing? Any ideas? I am using the Napier RemovAll 220 for the stripping process.

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Old 05-06-2007, 01:41 PM   #22
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I would mask off so that you don't strip off or polish the clearcoat that you want to keep.

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Here is a picture of "when it was Ken's 75".
I wish it looked that good now, a job for next winter.
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:30 PM   #24
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Thats it - nice trailer! As you can easily see, you can't tell that I didn't polish the very top.

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Old 05-06-2007, 08:39 PM   #25
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Ken...that looks great....So what did you use to mask off the top? I was thinking of using Masking Tape or something similar? Any suggestions? Also what was your process as far as compounding materials and polishes did you use to get that finish?
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:43 AM   #26
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I would not use masking tape - use that blue painters tape - it will be much easier to get off.

I only use aircraft approved products - I've used Rollite and Nuvite - I like Nuvite much better. Start with the least evasive polish you can get away with - under a well preserved clear coat you should have some pretty good skin - try some S - maybe you will get lucky - then go backwards and see what works - you may want to buy the Nuvite sample kit. Each grade gets courser and will leave fine scratches that you have to polish out. Remember use very SPARINGLY - m&m dots every 6-8 in is plenty. Invest in a good polisher (I use a dewalt) and use a slow speed.

Keep asking the questions - I remember when I first started this polishing stuff I asked lots of questions - sometimes the answers are not always clear because those of us who do this stuff because second nature and we may unintended leave out some details.

With good clearcoat your trailer should polish up easy....(once you get the clearcoat off)

If you would like to see what my current trailer looks like you can see my thread here.. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ion-12320.html

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Old 05-23-2007, 10:06 PM   #27
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Compounded with F7 as I have found that it takes the grain off the aluminum much easier than the C. Have about half the trailer done now and then will move to Cyclo with F7 and then with S. Have a few tough spots that I might try G6 on before I move to the Cyclo.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:32 PM   #28
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Look at that shine!

Hey Kevin, that looks great! I'm jealous ~ I've been working on mine too, but only able to get a couple of square feet done at a time. How long did it take you to do the first half?

BTW, that's good ole' aluminum oxide all over your forehead, isn't it. I've been covered in it, even washing it out of my hair.
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