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Old 10-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Polishing what has been Sanded?

Hey all!

I'm about to buy a trailer and want to it to be so shiny i can see myself PERFECTLY! It has been sanded (prepped for a paint job that didn't happen). It is a great price and at a great location, but i want to know whether the sanding will make it harder (or impossible) to get as shiny as i want it (blindingly).

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Old 10-22-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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Hey all!

I'm about to buy a trailer and want to it to be so shiny i can see myself PERFECTLY! It has been sanded (prepped for a paint job that didn't happen). It is a great price and at a great location, but i want to know whether the sanding will make it harder (or impossible) to get as shiny as i want it (blindingly).

thanks,
Simon
Yes.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:32 PM   #3
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Ditto that!
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Simon, you'll need a pre-1982 alclad-skinned Airstream to shave in the reflection of your trailer. See http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...advice0707.pdf. Current Alcoa 2024 alclad thickness is 5% on gauges under 0.062". Polishing is out of the question if it has been sanded IMO.

Painted Airstreams can look like every conventional unpolished Airstream -- if done well it's very difficult to tell at more than 10'.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:33 PM   #5
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Yes, it's a 76 Tradewind.
And is the "yes" and "ditto that" to it will not work, or it will work?
And if it takes longer, that's theoretically alright, just depends on how much longer.

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Old 10-23-2009, 12:59 AM   #6
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I believe the "Yes" and "ditto" are to the question, "will the sanding make the polish job harder?".

Sanding, even with the finest of paper will put scratches in the aluminum. To get a mirror shine, these scratches will need to be polished out. As Bob stated, you have a very limited amount of polish-able surface on the skin. The skin below that surface is combined with an alloy for strength and will not polish.

You should be able to get a good shine, but it will be more work.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:25 AM   #7
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It also depends upon how rough of sandpaper they used in the first place. I sanded the endcaps on my 1986 beginning with 320 grit & went down the line all the way to 2000 grit to remove the "orange peel" effect (I used aluminum oxide paper & wet sanded). Then I began polishing with with a grey compound bar & went to brown, green & white polishes. I could shave in it (maybe not my face, but my legs), but getting the small scratches out is a process! If it's cheap enough & you're motivated enough, you could probably do it!
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I have learned the hard way sanded areas are harder but not impossible. I sanded a few spot on my 79 Argosy when I planned on repainting. Then I chickened out and went with polishing the 220 grit circle marks took a lot of polishing but not you need to get about 12 inches away to see them. The whole thing is a mirror finish well except the end caps. I still need to have them painted this fall. Having the whole thing painted would have been in the $10K price range. I stripped and polished for about $500 and got all the free excerise I could endure about 400 hours worthm good luck
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thanks a lot all the info is really helpful.
i think i will do it, the trailer is such a good price and at the shop i will be doing my 'large' renovation at anyways - already gutted too!
so thanks again
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There's a lot of princes out there. If polishing is your objective, I think this one is a frog.

Doing what you ask will take an enormous amount of time. Bearing down hard in polishing can even result in areas of burned aluminum that will always look like a bruise on the fruit of your labors. Dedicate a fraction of that time to finding a better starting point. Or paint this one...

Just my opinion.
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here's the trailer in question, not sure if it helps.
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Sand it with fine and polish away it'll come out I did it.
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Sand it with fine and polish away it'll come out I did it.

Any photos...?
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yeah photos would be nice if you got em
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