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Old 09-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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You've done a great job.....looks good! Gives me some hope that with effort I can get mine to shine!! Thanks for the pic.

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Old 09-08-2009, 10:33 PM   #16
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I believe we got everything at Caswell's, I have a list of the buffs & bars, which I can post later.
Okay, so I checked w/Mr.InsideOut here is what he purchased:

(1) - GA58 Grinder/Buffer Adapter
(2) - SSCW1220 Spiral Sewn Cotton Wheels
(2) - LCW1240 Loose Cotton Wheels
(1) - BRBC5 Brown Tripoli Bar
(1) - WR995 Wheel Rake (for cleaning & fluffing the wheels)

I was wrong - he didn't buy black bars, I had one from my shop - it is really to coarse for all but the worst blemishes, he's not using it much at all. Also, not using the rouge bar either...just the brown. The two buffing wheels are used at the same time to make the surface area bigger. The stitched wheels are for the first couple of passes and the loose wheels are to remove the scratches as a final pass before moving to the Cyclo Polisher. Like I stated earlier, I haven't been using these "big tools" I work on the details & trim so I wasn't as clear what exactly he was doing.

Anyways, hope this helps ~


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Old 09-09-2009, 06:26 AM   #17
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You forgot to mention Rob's polishing hat. Picture from RMVAC #8.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:41 PM   #18
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THE PO on my 71 told me i could remove the clearcoat with muratic and water mix 5 to 1. Is this true?
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:28 PM   #19
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In regards to using acid washes, I have read NEVER use any acid on the skin of an Airstream.

This will cause leaks at the rivets.

I also have read you can use aluminum oxide sand paper on the worst of the corrosion. 300-400 grit.

I tried this on some places on my roof and it does remove the corrosion.
I then went over the spot with Nuvite polish. That process did help the spots on the roof.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:58 PM   #20
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I really like your results. I have done several vintage airstreams, and have used a lot of products initially. i ended up with all nuvite, all from vintage trailer supply. I would like to know more about yours with rouge.. I am familiar with buffing wheels and rouge, but for car parts, not a vertical surface like a trailer.I looked at caswells site and there are a lot of options. Could you be more specific in what you bought and what you think works the best.. thanks,, Richard in Texas.. I am starting my 75 international,, any thing that lessens the buffing effort would be great.. its a big trailer.

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