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Old 03-08-2006, 02:04 PM   #15
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Yep, that's about what I've been doing. Less is more.
Let see..That's great then, are you using a sheep wool pad??
Your compounding with the tip of the pad at an angle to the surface until it's all gone? btw, change the pads often..(as soon as they gum up completely)..
If so, I think it's just that you have several more steps to go before you get it to that sheen or mirror like stage..You'll know when it's there...lol, because you can see yourself in the mirror..
Personally, I think your doing fantastic~! I'll leave you alone..
I just love that trailer~!!!!
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Old 03-08-2006, 02:42 PM   #16
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He Hee...

We're all experts, aren't we? Ok, one last bit of couch time quarterbacking. I did use 3M polishing compound, but in the medium grit. I do agree it's easy to use, and cuts well with a minimum of swirls - however, I wish I had started with the aggressive cut, as I think I'd have a slightly shiner trailer. I think this gave me a nice "vintage" look, with a very even appearance. I also used Heavy Metal aggressive cut, which made the window frames just shine up like crazy.

It's getting to the finer mirror appearance which was driving me nuts. I think I'll polish again with Heavy Metal medium and fine this year (using a palm sander with t-shirt material for the fine). Failing this, I'll bite the bullet and get the Nuvite and a cyclo.
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:15 AM   #17
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Let see..That's great then, are you using a sheep wool pad??
Your compounding with the tip of the pad at an angle to the surface until it's all gone? btw, change the pads often..(as soon as they gum up completely)..
If so, I think it's just that you have several more steps to go before you get it to that sheen or mirror like stage..You'll know when it's there...lol, because you can see yourself in the mirror..
Personally, I think your doing fantastic~! I'll leave you alone..
I just love that trailer~!!!!
ciao
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Woolly pad? Check.
Compounding with tip at an angle? Check.
I have about a dozen pads so I can change out when I'm on a roll. I have a bunch soaking on the porch in some TSP.
Just need another 200 hours or so, and I'm golden. Well, silver.
Not really going for the super reflective mirror look, just a nice shine.
How long have you had your FC? I'm torn on trying to find a 53 or 54 plate for it. The title says 54, but the SN points to a 53. Both year plates show up on ebay pretty regularly. Plus I only need one. Lots easier than trying to find a matched set for my 65 pontiac.
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:27 AM   #18
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It's getting to the finer mirror appearance which was driving me nuts. I think I'll polish again with Heavy Metal medium and fine this year (using a palm sander with t-shirt material for the fine). Failing this, I'll bite the bullet and get the Nuvite and a cyclo.

Tell me more about your palm sander technique. I'd love to not have to shell out for a cyclo right now. Do you just wrap the T shirt around the sander? 100% cotton?
Yours is a 75 trailer, I assume from your username. Is it the same aluminum as 20 years prior? Did it have a clearcoat? Really nice job on the polishing.
Not a great picture, I like the finish on this airstream. Shiny but not super reflective. Hope I'm headed in the right direction.
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Old 03-11-2006, 07:23 AM   #19
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I have been using the Nuvite C on my 76 AS and have been polishing since January. A couple of hours a day. I am finally at the front end cap where I started. There was a lot of corrosion and I don't think that it will ever go away. Your on the right path. It takes time and energy. I am interested in the hand sander with the tshirt, too. Need more information. It would be nice to have a mirror shine, but for right now just getting it clean and where I can see myself in the aluminum will work for me.
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Old 03-11-2006, 11:33 AM   #20
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It's getting to the finer mirror appearance which was driving me nuts. I think I'll polish again with Heavy Metal medium and fine this year (using a palm sander with t-shirt material for the fine). Failing this, I'll bite the bullet and get the Nuvite and a cyclo.

Tell me more about your palm sander technique. I'd love to not have to shell out for a cyclo right now. Do you just wrap the T shirt around the sander? 100% cotton?
Shiny but not super reflective. Hope I'm headed in the right direction.
Hi~
Once again I comment you on the progress~!
Several notes:
One, the 53FC was sold over 7 yrs ago and, I've regret that decision more times than I care to mention..lol
Second, I honestly don't think you'll be very happy with the results just using a t'shirt over a sander..If I'm not mistaken, I think you'll end up with more swirls scratche marks than you'd want. The beauty of the cyclo is, with proper techniques, you end up with a perfect finis, without the scratch marks. Try it first on a piece of scrap aluminum and see for yourself.
If I were closer, I'd lend you mine for a few weeks..
Good luck to both of you~
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Old 03-11-2006, 01:06 PM   #21
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Not my idea...

but worth a try ....."I used a Porter-Cable 4" square palm (finishing) sander with a well-worn piece of 100 grit paper, the adhesive kind, and new T-shirt rag material, one piece, and kept moving to a clean spot on the rag material to prevent compound build-up and to be sure the sandpaper did not wear through the rag. The purpose of the paper was to be sure the rag was being moved. I wasn't convinced the rubber pad on the sander had enough friction. I think Black & Decker makes a 5" round random-orbital action sander with a little more movement that would work even better than my finish sander. I think I'll look for one of those on sale before I tackle the finish polishing on my next trailer. I used a regular car polishing buffer for the first grade of polish which did leave some swirls. I plan to polish the Tradewind again within a year and will use only the "S" grade with a small sander. Don't see the need to spend the bucks for the fancy two-headed thing. Another thing I learned the hard way was to not use very much compound. A little works better than a lot and you don't end up having to wipe off a lot of black, unused compound. "

I don't know - I've often wondered what action makes the cyclo so successful. I'll give it a shot later on and see what happens (probably in a month or two).
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I go to thrift stores and buy sweatshirts and use that material inside out you can usally get ones with stains real cheap and the material works very well. I do have cyclo that I use it on and just move the fabric often.
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