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Old 04-24-2006, 08:54 AM   #1
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Polishing Supplies...

We have just decided to strip and polish our 1971 AS and were making a list of what we need. Can anyone give us any tips before we purchase?

Okay so here is a starters list:
2- 6" Wool Compounding Pad
1- 5" Backing Plate
1- 1/2" Drill Chuck Adapter
2- 1lb Nuvite C
2- 1lb Nuvite S
1- 1lb Nuvite F7

Please let us know.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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more supplies needed

Me too! I am getting ready to start the process ASAP.
Stripper
Cotton rags....I bought bulk wash rags....100% COTTON.
Wood craft sticks (popsicle sticks) to clean out the seams.
latex disposable gloves.
some throw away type clothing to use while polishing....
mineral spirits
I am searching all old hardware stores for Glass Wax.
From what I read....the sweat shirt material polishing cloth is the secret.
flower or corn starch...cornstarch is better...to clean off the final black "stuff."
lots of music
Lots of cold beverages (if so inclined for the cooldown periods)
Let us all know how it comes along.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:32 AM   #3
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Add a rake tool for the wool pads. It comes in very handy.
Naphta on an old soft rag takes off polishing residue very well, especially out of scratches and corrosion dimples.
Scaffolding, or a pair of ladders and sturdy boards are nice when polishing above the window line, or even lower in some cases.
Prepare your polishing area with a makeshift table of some sort to keep the polishing jar, rags, cleaners, beverages etc. It makes a big difference to have these things close by.
Get eye protection. New polishing pads, fling off a large amount of lint, the motor's coolling fan then wants to stuff as much as possible of that into your eyes.
Get some blue masking tape, and some mask-off paper. It is much easier to tape off adjoining sections, windows, bumpers etc. than trying later to take off dried polishing specks.
Tape off finished sections, polish flung on it might ( will?) scratch your recent efforts when removing it.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:22 PM   #4
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Cyclowraps or sweatshirt material.
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Polishing shoes, that never go in the house!
Mineral spirits
microfiber towels

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Old 04-25-2006, 01:20 AM   #6
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I 've read alot of reccomendations for "Nuvite"- What does everyone think of "Met-All" polish? My AS had a rusty can under the kitchen sink when I bought her. I've used it on a couple access doors to see how it could look in the distant future. It seems to work great. Anyone else used this - how does it compare with "Nuvite"
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polish

Hi,
you should go on the following adress, you'll find everything you need and other links to help you out with the polishing process...

http://www.vintageairstream.com/rr_home.html

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More "polishing info"

My favorite source of info on polishing is the Perfect Polish web site at:

http://www.perfectpolish.com/Index.htm

It has an overview and then detailed instructions on Nuvite, compounding, Cyclo polishing etc. When you are at the main page click on the tab labeled "Application Guides".

I have tried many different ways to polish and many of them work and work well (like MetAll) BUT when you tackle a big polishing job like an Airstream you want a product that works and does its job quickly. The Nuvite with cyclowraps is the fastest and cleanest way I have found. It goes on , does its job and then the sweatshirt material picks up the black residue.

And check out Shirley's Airstream under Misc Info ... Airstream Polishing Project.
She's my hero!
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:02 AM   #9
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There's numerous links for polishing tips..
http://www.airforums.com/forum...rted-6614.html
Then there's:
www.perfectpolish.com
lol, I see that "jbond" and I are of same mind...Kewl..
It's great to see people getting interested in polishing their rigs~!
Good Luck..
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Old 04-25-2006, 02:37 PM   #10
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To do the polishing job you need:

If the trailer is clear coated:

Klean Strip Aircraft Stripper
Gloves
Eye protection
respirator (if you are doing it inside)
water hose nearby to wash stripper off skin, IMMEDIATELY.
soft plastic scraper to scrape off the gooky mess
small can to hold the Stripper
old paint brush that will fit into the can to apply the stripper.

EXTREME CARE: DON'T GET ON PLASTIC, WINDOWS (IT'LL ETCH THEM).

CAUTION: Don't lean against your fancy Tow Vehicle with the clothes on that you stripped in. You could end up with a ruined paint job.

Lots of intestinal fortitude.


To Polish:

First and foremost,

1 ea Cyclo Polisher
lots of sweatshirt material
lots of microfiber towels. (the only cloth that can touch the finished skin and not leave a scratch)

1 ea cheap 1/2in drill with 7" polishing head (drill will be good for one or two polishings.

3 7" wool buffing pads

Mineral spirits to wipe off the black residue. Even if it is a mirror finish, it is amazing how much aluminum oxide is still on the finish. Also you need to get the black ring off every rivet or it will harden and be really hard to get off later. Voice of experience talking.

Some sort of sealer to apply after the mirror finish is obtained. Nu Finish or Liquid Glass are two excellent ones.

1 pound Nuvite "F7"
2 pounds Nuvite "C" (gotta use "C" to compound and to polish with)
1 pound Nuvite "S"

1 understanding wife
vast quantities of elbow grease

Now, my best advice is "DO NOT POLISH YOUR TRAILER" That usually falls on deaf ears.

Before you decide to polish, be advised that (1) it is a very messy business and (2) once you start polishing, it is a lifetime commitment.

You cannot polish and then clearcoat. The clearcoat needs to have something to adhere to and a polished surface is too slick. The clearcoat will fail early. and besides it costs about $150-220 per foot to have it painted professionally. That measurement is from hitch head to rear bumper. P&S will do it for you for $220/ft. Guarenteed to last 2 years. 31' trailer, $220/ft, 2 years... you do the math.

Stripping is best done with Klean Strip Aircraft Stripper. That can be purchased at a professional automotive paint store. It is toxic and needs to be handled carefully.

Once the Stripping is completed, next comes the compounding. You will need a good 1/2 drill and 7" wool buffer pads.

Compound with Nuvite "C". Leaves swirls galore

Once the compounding is done, you can start Polishing. You will need several grades of Nuvite. F7, C and S at a minimum. The polish is $49 per pound. You will need a polisher and the best on the market is the Cyclo polisher which can be had for around $250.

I did my 31' '78 Excella (see the results on my photos).

It took 200 hours from start to finish of the Stripping/Compounding/Polishing. The follow-on polishing done every 6 or so months takes about 30 hours. The interval between polishings is dependant on you climate. I live near the ocean so once a month would not be too often. If you live in Arizona, once a year might do it.

A properly polished 31' Airstream is a beauty to behold. It is a tremendous amount of work and one needs strong arms and back muscles. Also, there is a risk of divorce, the first time you wash the polishing cloths in the family washer/dryer. It is guaranteed to get nasty black aluminum oxide on the tub which will get onto your wife's frilly underthings. If that happens, be sure to get custody of the Airstream!!!

The initial cost for the stripping and polishing was $800. That included the polish, Cyclo polisher, polishing cloths, stripper... etc.

For the very best information on polishing, go to www.perfectpolish.com. They sell everything you will need.

There are as many polishing methods are there are people who polish Airstreams. You will find one that works best for you but take the advice of the folks at perfectpolish as an excellent starting place.
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Old 04-25-2006, 06:13 PM   #11
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Oh my you guys are super fast!

I am so surprised at how fast everyone replies...
Thank you all so much I will be ordering and starting to polish soon.
I will be posting pics and a little tale as well.
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Old 04-25-2006, 10:41 PM   #12
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Ditto...www.perfectpolish.com

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Old 05-14-2006, 08:09 AM   #13
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Link to polishing pads

Ok...I purchased the dewalt 849, now I need the correct backing plate and pads for polishing the camper.

Does anyone have a link to any site (right to the product if possible) for the pads and backer that I need. I have looked all over and found a few but not sure what to buy:

On amazon I found this

ANy advice appreciated. Much thanks!

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Ok...I purchased the dewalt 849, now I need the correct backing plate and pads for polishing the camper.

Does anyone have a link to any site (right to the product if possible) for the pads and backer that I need. I have looked all over and found a few but not sure what to buy:

On amazon I found this

ANy advice appreciated. Much thanks!
You don't want the foam polishing pads from Amazon.
I recommend these:
http://www.perfectpolish.com/Compounding%20Polisher.htm

Or, you can also buy plain wool compounding pads,and use the rubber backing pad that is supplied with your Dewalt polisher. Like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...lance&n=228013
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