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Old 02-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Random orbital instead of Cyclo?

Trying to get that perfect mirror finish without the swirl marks, but I really don't want to invest in a Cyclo. What is the next best thing? I tried my orbital polisher with both a foam pad and wool using Nuvite S polish. Got interesting results. The swirls came out, but the foam pad did some minor marring and the wool pad left the finish cloudy. So, I'm thinking the orbital would give me great results if I just use the correct pad. Thoughts?
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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Save yourself some time and headache and invest in the Cyclo. Check ebay, etc. for used. Many have tried what you are and most with less than perfect results. After all, that perfect mirror finish you want does take a great deal of effort. Having the wrong equipment only impedes your results. JMO.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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I got my Cycle used. Its an awesome piece of gear. You can always sell it when you are polished.....but u won't.
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I tried both....go for the Cyclo.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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Everybody has their own way, but I've had success with my Porter Cable 9424 random orbital, and Rob Baker's notorious truck box polish, as discussed by Geven on Jordan's thread here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-17197-54.html

Check out post #752 for some pics of Geven's trailer and some details on his methods, and check out post# 762 below for some pictures of the finished product on one of Jordan's trailers, it's pretty stunning.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-17197-55.html


All in all, this method works well for me, it's quick, and you actually stay pretty clean so it's easy to work in a little polishing time after work or early in the morning without having to take a shower immediately. In a few places I've had to use my Makita buffer/compounder, wool pads, and Nuvite F7 for heavier cutting, but overall the Porter Cable and Diamond Brite truck box polish are good, clean, and quick. I believe one key is the cotton bonnets, I bought a bunch from Geven and I'm not sure where he sourced them.

This is what I got with only 17 hours total spent on my own trailer (covering about 80% of the surface area, I didn't do the top streetside, or curbside above the awning rail). It was a nice shine at 10 feet, though there is still oxidation and pitting around the trailer.






I did take a couple detailed shots of the front lower panel that features the Airstream nameplates and badging. Here's the before:


I removed the badges and cleaned up the small, oval MHMA badge a little bit. Almost two years ago, I had purchased a replacement Airstream nameplate, and I finally had the opportunity to install it.



My results weren't quite as dramatic as Geven's and Jordan's, but I didn't spend much time at all on it. One Saturday, and then a handful of 1-hour slots here and there in the evenings.

As always, tthere are a lot of ways to do something. I chose a method that worked well for me.

Good luck!
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Everybody has their own way, but I've had success with my Porter Cable 9424 random orbital, and Rob Baker's notorious truck box polish, as discussed by Geven on Jordan's thread here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-17197-54.html

Check out post #752 for some pics of Geven's trailer and some details on his methods, and check out post# 762 below for some pictures of the finished product on one of Jordan's trailers, it's pretty stunning.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-17197-55.html


All in all, this method works well for me, it's quick, and you actually stay pretty clean so it's easy to work in a little polishing time after work or early in the morning without having to take a shower immediately. In a few places I've had to use my Makita buffer/compounder, wool pads, and Nuvite F7 for heavier cutting, but overall the Porter Cable and Diamond Brite truck box polish are good, clean, and quick. I believe one key is the cotton bonnets, I bought a bunch from Geven and I'm not sure where he sourced them.

This is what I got with only 17 hours total spent on my own trailer (covering about 80% of the surface area, I didn't do the top streetside, or curbside above the awning rail). It was a nice shine at 10 feet, though there is still oxidation and pitting around the trailer.






I did take a couple detailed shots of the front lower panel that features the Airstream nameplates and badging. Here's the before:


I removed the badges and cleaned up the small, oval MHMA badge a little bit. Almost two years ago, I had purchased a replacement Airstream nameplate, and I finally had the opportunity to install it.



My results weren't quite as dramatic as Geven's and Jordan's, but I didn't spend much time at all on it. One Saturday, and then a handful of 1-hour slots here and there in the evenings.

As always, tthere are a lot of ways to do something. I chose a method that worked well for me.

Good luck!
-Marcus

Thanks for the info. I will check out these posts. I too am a believer there are more than one way to do something correctly.
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