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Old 01-24-2011, 12:43 PM   #29
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Tanks! You're Welcome!

Thought I'd change the discussion to the two aluminum tanks we got for BII.

Something to do on a cold winter day.

The first thing I did was to sand the manufacturing dings and scratches out using 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper on my orbital sander. This took about 2 hours on each tank.

Compounding came next and I used Nouvite F7 on son John's well used 3/8 inch drill and wool pad from doing his Caravelle. The initial results were dismal. The tank wouldn't shine and I was afraid I had ruined the tanks by sanding. So I stopped and reread Shari and Rob's and everyones' threads and viewed all the Youtube videos. What finally clicked was that on one video the guy slathered on quite a bit of F7 where others didn't really address the amount applied. The directions said to use sparingly. Meanwhile I got a new 1/2 inch $25 drill (close out display item) from Harbor Freight and some new wool 6 inch pads. Son John's old one was really cooked.

I started anew with fresh pads and probably a half teaspoon of F7 on the pad.
That worked. I could even hear the high pitched scratching sound one Youtube video mentioned.

So I have completed phase one compounding. Each tank took 2 hours of polishing to erase the sanding swirls and bring out the shine. I think I'll wait for a warm enough day to work outside on the next phase to avoid the mess.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #30
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Looking good! I learned that lesson on my last trailer- I always tried to use too much polish. When it seems to dry out quicker it works better..
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:35 PM   #31
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Hello,does anyone know how to achieve the original factory sheen ? Not the mirror shine,Any help would be swell !!
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:36 PM   #32
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Looks good Jay! Yeah, too much Nuvite is a bad thing...Rob refers to the "right amount" as a dab about the size of a M&M. Looks like you got the hang of it though...you'll be Cyclo'g before you know it!

At this rate, you'll be ready to bring the Bambi to the May Maintenance Rally!

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Old 01-24-2011, 01:41 PM   #33
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Hello,does anyone know how to achieve the original factory sheen ? Not the mirror shine,Any help would be swell !!
The closet I have seen to the cleaned up, "like-new-panels - but-not-polished" sheen is either walnut shel or soda blasting. Other than that, any attempt to remove the oxidation on a vintage trailer usually "over-polishes" it or leave unsightly swirls or uneven coloration. Sorry...

I guess the other solution would be to replace all the panels - they aren't "mirrored-finish" from the factory.

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:59 PM   #34
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:27 PM   #35
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whats barrier cream for ?
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:23 PM   #36
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The factory panels were clearcoated. That is the sheen you are referring to. If you have them stripped and cleared again they should look like the original finish. However all clearcoating is not the same.
If you strip and clean the surface without highly polishing ( compounding and all) it will ook very good but not mirror shiny. I di my 82 motorhome that way and kept it waxed with a polymer sealant. It looked great and did not blind anyone.
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The factory panels were clearcoated.
If he's talking about his '63 Sovereign, it most likely never had a clearcoat (it was a rarely chosen option until 1965/6 when it became a standard) so the aluminum panels would be a dull, oxidized gray.

To determine if you do have clearcoat:
  • wash a small test area with warm soapy water
  • let it dry
  • take a tiny dab of toothpaste and gently rub it on the clean skin
  • if it turns black > no clearcoat
  • if it doesn't turn black > there is clearcoat

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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...set-48187.html please see post number 10.... original shine is what I want ...a nice ,subtle,sexy sheen
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Well, that trailer was polished and re-clearcoated professionally. Before applying the clearcoat, it was close to a mirrored shine...then the clearcoat is applied which dulls it slightly. P & S is who did the clearcoating - they are also the people that did the walnut blasting on the trailer I saw. They do fabulous work...

Clearcoat application is almost always done professionally, it's tricky needs a very clean environment for a good application and it only lasts about 5-10 years depending on your climate, road rash and whether it's stored indoors or out.

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That stuff gets everywhere! We have yet been able to find anything that is 100% effective...if you find something, let us all know!

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whats barrier cream for ?

As the Wiki says, its a cream that you put on your skin, kinda like sun cream, that acts as a barrier between your skin and whatever you are working with.
After you are done, you wash, and it all comes off.
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Lookin' good!

I am eagerly awaiting the time I can start buying my equipment and starting the shine!

Just filed my taxes today - so shouldn't be too much longer now.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:18 PM   #42
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Monday am update... We were awaken this morning early to the sounds of rain down pouring on our roof. Not usually a big deal but our Airstream is stripped down and open to leaks. Not good. It rarely rains in Phoenix then it decides to rain while were polishing So out we went with plastic in the middle of the night to cover her up. Good new is no water inside we caught it early enough. phew.
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