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Old 05-25-2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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Speaking of polishing ...

I was wonder who would wash and polish my trailer a detail shop a Airstream dealer?. ALSO how much do you think it would run?

I wish I had more time OR I would do it but I have so much do on my trailer I am looking late fall maybe having it back together.
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:32 PM   #2
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Have you "Search"ed Polishing?

Try the search option.
I have heard $100-125 per foot including the tongue. Then you have the option of coating the skin with something to keep the polish up. $$$$$
Consider white paint on the top panel for heat reflection. More Search.
Some ambitious people buy a polisher and go for it.
This is a good place to post your ideas get feedback.

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Old 05-26-2007, 07:09 AM   #3
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If you don't feel like searching using the search button, this forum has a sub-forum on the topic of "Cleaning and Polishing" your trailer. You can find the sub-forum at this link: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441/

Good luck with it! We have actually done our own polishing on our Bambi II and it took us about 60 hours of work to work through two of three passes we need to do. See the "before" and "after" photo below. The "after" photo is after the first cut. The first cut is the most work!
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:45 AM   #4
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Woaaaa hmmmm let seeee..

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Try the search option.
I have heard $100-125 per foot including the tongue. Then you have the option of coating the skin with something to keep the polish up. $$$$$
Consider white paint on the top panel for heat reflection. More Search.
Some ambitious people buy a polisher and go for it.
This is a good place to post your ideas get feedback.

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31 foot sovereign x $125.00 that would be GULP $3800.00 hmmmm think ill be doing it myself me and two strong teenagers . wonder if they rent the equitment at say taylor rental or a tool rental place...
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
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31 foot sovereign x $125.00 that would be GULP $3800.00 hmmmm think ill be doing it myself me and two strong teenagers . wonder if they rent the equitment at say taylor rental or a tool rental place...
I bought a Buffalo variable speed polisher (new) on EBAY for $51. The problem with renting is that you will need it for quite a long time.
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The problem with renting is that you will need it for quite a long time.
And then there's annual touch-ups.
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:10 AM   #7
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Coating?

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If you don't feel like searching using the search button, this forum has a sub-forum on the topic of "Cleaning and Polishing" your trailer. You can find the sub-forum at this link: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f441/

Good luck with it! We have actually done our own polishing on our Bambi II and it took us about 60 hours of work to work through two of three passes we need to do. See the "before" and "after" photo below. The "after" photo is after the first cut. The first cut is the most work!
Nice work. Did you apply a finish to prevent the shine from wearing off?

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I have a car buffer only used once...

Ill look and see what kind maybe I can use that...
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31 foot sovereign x $125.00 that would be GULP $3800.00 hmmmm think ill be doing it myself me and two strong teenagers . wonder if they rent the equitment at say taylor rental or a tool rental place...
Better to buy for future maintenance, don't even attempt without scaffolding, my guess is $1000.00 for needed material and equipment and you provide the labor......check it out

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Nice work. Did you apply a finish to prevent the shine from wearing off?
No, we don't apply any finish. We just touch it up with a light buffing annually, as needed.
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Better to buy for future maintenance, don't even attempt without scaffolding, my guess is $1000.00 for needed material and equipment and you provide the labor......check it out

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I'm a little taller then most, but I didn't find a need for scaffolding. I have the folding ladder the you can make into a scaffold, but found it easier just to use a 2 step stool to reach the high areas. I didn't do the top of my roof however, just as high as could be seen from the ground. I bought my cyclo used for $100 with some pads, a gallon of liquid gold, polish, and a few extra pads. Less then $300 altogether.
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I'm a little taller then most, but I didn't find a need for scaffolding. I have the folding ladder the you can make into a scaffold, but found it easier just to use a 2 step stool to reach the high areas. I didn't do the top of my roof however, just as high as could be seen from the ground. I bought my cyclo used for $100 with some pads, a gallon of liquid gold, polish, and a few extra pads. Less then $300 altogether.
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We are trying to figure out how to get to our roof to polish it. We will probably rig up some kind of scaffolding.

I know some folks paint the top panel white but I personally would never paint the top of a vintage trailer. I like to see the "shine" all around!
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I'm a little taller then most, but I didn't find a need for scaffolding. I have the folding ladder the you can make into a scaffold, but found it easier just to use a 2 step stool to reach the high areas. I didn't do the top of my roof however, just as high as could be seen from the ground. I bought my cyclo used for $100 with some pads, a gallon of liquid gold, polish, and a few extra pads. Less then $300 altogether.
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$200.00 scaffolding
$270.00 cyclo polisher
$200.00 nuvite
$170.00 compounding drill
$48.00 cyclo wraps
$15.00 microfiber
$25.00 pad kit
$48.00 compounding kit
$35.00 small compounding kit
$26.00 gel gloss

Total $1037.00

Most of the stuff was bought at Home
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Forgot, another must, "The California Water Blade" after a hard rain ,can remove those water drop from the Caravel in less than 3 minutes, completely dried in 5 minutes with one small cloth.

$20.00 can be bought at you local auto zone, and other places
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