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Old 09-10-2003, 05:46 PM   #29
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Since 99% of boats are made from fiberglass or wood the boat folks lean towards products that clean and polish boats.
Interestring comparson but ...........???

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Old 09-10-2003, 09:05 PM   #30
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Interesting that the chart on the test site says SS will not remove oxidation.
I got mine last week (thankx Steph!) and couldn't resist brealking all the rules .
Like rlulr I did a hand rub sample over several places on my trailer.I spent 2 months of weekends 6-8 months ago compounding with different rouges on a high speed drill and got about 1/3 rd of the trailer ready to do a final polish with the Cyclo and Nuvite.Problem was it wore me out and I wished I had never started! Anyway, the shine has been going backwards real fast -so I was anxious to try the SS.Net result was -I'm impressed! It DOES remove oxidation.I had an unpolished portion over the door where the clearcoat was long gone and there was a rainbow -like oxidation. I hit that with a dab on a rag and Voila-gone.
I tried several other areas and agree that the process is the important faqtor,but I'm now at least re-energized knowing I can see shine at the end of the tunnel!!
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Old 09-10-2003, 09:50 PM   #31
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This may be a repeat of what Creampuff just posted but I also just received my two bottle of SS and tried out this afternoon.

Did same thing and used a cloth rag with SS and cleaned a couple of small spots. Very impressed with results and ease of removing the oxidation. Amazed how much black stuff came off in such a small spot. And being able to see myself. Was really getting use to that vintage Airstream Patina.

Hard to understand why website that rated the polishes would show SS not removing oxidation.

Got my shopping list ready for trip to local Harbor Freight tomorrow. I think I may try hiring a school kid to hand polish first with SS to remove as much oxidation as possible than I'll finish up with the HF electric polisher/grinder and the 3M pads.
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Old 09-11-2003, 09:11 AM   #32
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If it works use it

I use whatever works. My brother uses SS on his Honda Goldwing and it'll blind you. He gave me the last of a bottle to try and it saved me a lot of work.
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Old 09-13-2003, 09:07 PM   #33
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Got mine today too......

Did like everyone else, test run with a terry cloth towel. I'm not just impressed, I'm sold. I will do before and after pic's to post plus frig replacement and curtains the wife did.

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Old 09-13-2003, 09:30 PM   #34
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Hey, Everyone
Ditto, Ditto, Ditto,...
I do'nt know what it was, but there was something I liked about T.T. from the start. I am glad he has been redeemed?
Also thank you Stephanie for taking on that project. Not only that but also for asking all the right things and being able to get the right responses. for things that I want to know, and you are miles ahead. Saved these digets a lot of walking.
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Old 09-13-2003, 09:41 PM   #35
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Glad to help. Now if I can just find some buffing supplies locally I can get started on re-polishing mine.
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:37 PM   #36
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The best source for buffing supplies I found locally was an automotive paint store. They were very helpful, knowledgeable and reasonably priced.
I got my order of SS last week - thanks Steph! You are doing us all a great service.
I too found that the SS delivers as promised and will make a dreaded job MUCH easier. I also got samples of the perfect polish and played with it. I think the SS is faster and of course, less expensive. The secret, as stated by others, is in using the correct 3M pads with a good quality polisher (mine is a Makita). I owe TT a dinner for all he has saved me!!! Thanks to all.
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Old 09-15-2003, 09:47 PM   #37
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Thumbs down Not as impressed

SS did arrive quickly, but then that was via airmail. It does work, but then so did #7 automotive scratch remover. I'm not as sold on it as everyone else in the column is -- Sorry, but I'm not getting on this bandwagon!

I let the bottle stand for about 24 hrs. and it separated into an upper clear oil and a lower clumpy green paste. I know the instructions state the bottle must be shaken before using. Well, I shook it pretty darn good and it still came out clumpy. I smashed one of the clumps and the inside was white abrasive.

I used it on my trailer and it did give a pretty good shine to undamaged aluminum, but it didn't remove scratches very well. I used a heavy cut of Nuvite to do that.

So, I have some conclusions about it. It is messier as being in a liquid it tends to drip and splatter, resulting in some of it wasted. Being in a liquid suspension it is questionable how much abrasive you actually get to the bottle, so it's hard to say if it really is less expensive than a paste such as Nuvite. The clumping (which I admit may be due to cool weather) also makes it more difficult to apply uniformly. I'll probably use up the bottle, as it doesn't seem to do any harm, but I doubt I'll reorder any.

To each their own!
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Hi Forrest, Sorry to see it didn't work for you. Yes, the bottles do settle like that. You have to give them quite a good shake. There is a mixing ball inside and you will eventually hear it rattle. I have tried it by hand on my own trailer and thought it worked fine (shined up easier than the Mother's paste I had tried previously), no clumps. I wonder if you got a bad bottle of it? If anyone else finds a clumping problem, be sure to let us know and we'll talk to the guy who makes it and find out what's up with that.

We're hitting the road today for a long overdue vacation, be back in a week. Happy polishing until then!
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Old 11-27-2003, 11:05 AM   #39
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Thumbs up Southern Shine Available

I too am a fan of the Southern Shine. I own a biz here in San Diego and ordered a couple of cases for various projects including my 1975 Excella. I will have 6 or 8 of the 32 ounce containers that I will sell to any Forum posters that desire it for my cost...(wholesale) plus shipping/packaging. It will save you a few dollars. I am expecting my shipment the week of 12/1.
Let me know if you have interest.
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Hi all;

So far I like what I have read about Southern Shine.
BUT I have not been able to get the MSDS (Material Safety Data ) sheets on it, and I don't know if it contains acid.



Life is like an Airstream, we always have the potential to shine.

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Old 12-09-2003, 08:30 PM   #41
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Hi Goyo,

I have the MSDS on it. The only hazardous component is Mineral Spirits. There is no mention of acid anywhere, but the PH is listed as 6.8-7.8 - I don't remember enough abuot my high-school checmistry class to recall what the acid range was. Most of the data sheet is concerned with it's flammability.

I still have plenty for sale if anyone needs some...
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Old 12-09-2003, 09:39 PM   #42
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3M PADS on Ebay

For those of you not in a hurry with your polishing project watch Ebay for 3M buffing pads. I was able to assemble a complete set of 5 pads over a month for way less than the cheapest suppliers on the net.
Just do a search for 'buffing pads".
Got that trailer done yet Steph??
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