O.K. I finally bit the bullet and decided to polish our 1970 Tradewind even though my hubby thinks I'm absolutely crazy! He just stands there with a puzzled look on his face
while I'm covered in green and black residue!!!
It took about 6 hours to strip the clearcoat using Klean-Strip from Home Depot. I was so excited about how well this part of the process went.
I'm using the polisher/sander from Harbor Freight, the 3M coarse wool pads and Southern Shine. I've attached two photos, the first showing the finish after stripping the clearcoat. The second shows the result after about two hours of polishing. There are still some imperfections but I didn't go in expecting to get an absolute mirror finish, just better than it was before. Here's my question, should it take this long (about two hours) just to get this much done? I was thinking the actual buffing process should go a little faster. Could I be doing something wrong? I've read the prior posts about polishing but I couldn't find any mention of the actual time it takes to achieve the results using SS. Any suggestions from the "experienced" polishers out there?