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Old 06-24-2006, 09:58 PM   #29
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Hi Alansd and great point. I have appreciated your posts, sorry you're no longer an older Airstream Motorhome owner. I've enjoyed this thread and learned from it. Seem to me that lots of us including some moderater are being a little overly sensitive. If some new ideas and chances to learn then some positive points. If some bothered by some then don't click on the thread. Just my take on what seems to be a touchy subject. joe
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:45 AM   #30
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Seem to me that lots of us including some moderater are being a little overly sensitive. If some new ideas and chances to learn then some positive points. If some bothered by some then don't click on the thread. Just my take on what seems to be a touchy subject. joe
Joe, the moderation team just cleaned up the carnage after a flame war in another polishing thread, so we are indeed a little oversensitive about the subject right now. Things that would normally not be a big deal, and overlooked, are being scutinized with a microscope
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Old 06-25-2006, 08:37 AM   #31
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agreed guys....we are here to learn. We just want to avoid some member stuffing their ideas in a closed minded fashion down every one elses throats.
But minimal flaming doesn't bother anyone....
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:41 PM   #32
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polish related question from newbe

Hello Streamer friends. I hope that I don't get flamed to badly. New guy showing the start of compounding/polishing of 66 Airstream (26'). Question: what the heck are the taillights made of? Doesn't seem to want to shine up very well but I don't think it's plastic. Also, the "hot" cover seems to be painted metal. Is this ordinary? I hope that my pics show up on this. If not I'll try again after I shower and get this black stuff off of me!
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One other thing: reflector

Does anyone know where I might find a replacement for the runnaway reflector?
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:55 PM   #34
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Hi, and welcome. Nice polish job, so far. The taillight housings are made from a pot-metal-like stuff, that doesn't seem to take too well to polishing. Paint doesn't seem to sick to it, either. The water heater cover is just painted steel, so it will not polish up.
Your reflector should be available through better-equipped auto parts stores.
Mineral spirits work well for getting the "black gunk" off you, if you have any left after polishing the trailer, or you could pick up a can of GoJo hand cleaner from the parts store while you are getting your reflector.
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:40 PM   #35
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thanks Terry

Thanks for the go-jo advice. I seem to have a knack of getting the aluminum oxide on my face and arms. Hopefully I'll be able to finish up soon on the polish and then turn to something scary: replacing the floor! Going to try the shell on techniques I've been reading.
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:50 PM   #36
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The magic yellow cleaner from the 99c store does a grat job on the black also, both on your hands and around the rivets and seams.
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Old 06-25-2006, 08:35 PM   #37
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The taillight housings are pot metal. I have seen decent results painting them using a Chrome Paint. I would check around on the water heater door. I thought the OEM ones were stainless. I know the one on my 75 is. Yours might have been a replacement.

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you can get aluminum doors for that heater.

my trailer has one.

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I've recently done my first "rebuff" on my 65 Caravel after one year of outside service. I used the Nuvite/Compound/Cyclo method, all with F7. I was disappointed to see underlying swirls when viewed under harsh sunlight. It took me 20 documented hours for the rebuff and since I saw swirls, I probably didn't Cyclo enough. I've been seriously thinking about buying the Airmark AH-2 because of the cost/air requirements versus the AH-8. The AH-2 has a 3" x 6" drum, takes a 90 psi/17 CFM air compressor and costs $700. My question is, has anyone had experience with this smaller unit polishing their Airstream? The big AH-8 belly buffer seems out of my league in both price and air compressor needs.
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I have no experience with the Airmark polishers. But I do have similar issues with the swirls.
Have you tried the cyclo tool with fresh cotton and Nuvite S ?
I found that cleanliness is of paramount importance...even just a speck of dust on the pad can cause swirls.
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I found that cleanliness is of paramount importance...even just a speck of dust on the pad can cause swirls.
Seems to me that this is the key. I think the Airmark would likely just give you linear micro scratches rather than the circular ones from the cyclo.

My suggestion... put on a pair of polarized sunglasses.
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Gentlemen: Thanks for your input.....UWE, I appreciate your comment on dirt - I have used new sweatshirt material but really don't want much more of a shine by going to Nuvite S. In talking to Tom at Perfect Polish, he indicated I wasn't Cycloing enough with the F7. However, Steve's comment on the polarized glasses is definitely a novel (and cheaper) approach. Maybe I'm just too much of a perfectionist. Even with the barely noticeable swirls, the old 65 Caravel knocked them dead when we drove it to Maine for our two weeks of vacationing! The uninitiated thought it was a new Airstream and couldn't believe it was 43 years old. Any other experience out there using the Airmark AH-2 buffer?
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