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Old 10-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #141
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The homebrew course polish...

About 1/3 of a bar of black rouge.
Odourless Mineral Spirits.
Dash of rubbing alcohol
Pickle Jar.

Just left the bar to melt down after chopping it into smaller pieces.

After 48 hours..


Tried it on a Eagle alloy wheel of an old Suburban that had not been touched for maybe 10 years..



Looks promising for a course cut on the badly oxidized front roof of the Airstream... and I like the price... as I had all of the materials to hand already!

I want to thicken it up slightly or maybe I will leave it as is and put it in a squeeze container like an old ketchup bottle...

Next is a second batch using the white finer bar...
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #142
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Did a little more testing...

A little more of the wheel..
This is using my homebrew, on a Makita drill, with this little mop.


Here you can maybe see a better shot of the before and after..



I then gave it about a minute rub with Mothers Billet Polish, on a microfiber cloth.


Bouyed with confidence, I tried a real Airstream part..
This is the storage drawer top, that keeps the contents secure and theoritically dry..
It was painted charcoal grey before I stripped the bulk of it..
Before..



Put a little blob of homebrew on, and hit it with the buffer and wool pad.


Looking ok to me for a start!

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:45 AM   #143
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Progress is kinda on hold...

I think my Genset's output was too low... the HF buffer was ok at home and kinda odd when I tried to do some polishing on the MH... and then it just quit.

Stripped it down thinking it might need a bush change, as you get a set with it, but it was not that...
Housing was full of fluff...



But even after cleaning, it was dead.
A closer inspection revealed the issue...
See the burned section on the control board...
This little coiled thing had fallen off... I bet it got hot from the fluff...


Anyway, I will get an exchange.

On the up side...
I made some fine polish..
Here was the test piece..

Left side is with the black course polish, Right side of pic is the finer stuff.


This pic I had turned the panel around.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:02 PM   #144
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So, HF has a Random Orbital Buffer!

6" Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher



Added that to the replacement Compounding buffer, and my Fathers Day Gift card kicked in!
Thought I would do a shakedown!
Yes, that is my ome made course polish is the Ketchup bottle and the fine white in the pickle jar..
Lets see how this goes!



I made a choice a while back...
Those extruded mouldings on the bodyside are going away.
The reasoning is that any lines or stripes on a vehicle visually lower and lengthen it...
Not what looks best.

Rivets drilled out, and away it goes!
Top one first. Lots of dirt behind!






Got my buff on...


This is where the moulding was..
I like it!
For the record, that is the vehicle parked in the next spot reflecting!
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #145
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Next it was the section above the bathroom window I had not finished before.




So then I ran the compounding buffer over the whole section, from top to bottom with the fine white polish and a fresh pad, and followed that with the Random Orbit Polisher...





Then I started on the front roof..
Fugly....

Pulled off the front Airhoirn mount and got at it!

Tricky to get at, but only had time to use the course to rip the oxidization off before daylight ran out..


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Old 11-08-2012, 08:34 AM   #146
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Wow is it looking great or what! Looks like your polishing system is working like a charm. How is the Hf equipment holding up and any idea how many hours you have into polishing.
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between the 2 of us we have ALOT of that extrusion trim to get rid of.

we planned to possibly buff it all out and put it back on.....but the partner and i agree that it looks slicker w/o it
i used a cambell hausfeld gun off amazon to fill in all the holes...it was a breeze.
where there was the tricky "double hole" i couldn't find a good solution on the forums here. so i went through my spare change & drilled a hole thru a 1984 dime (the year of my moho) and used them as washers with an olympic...i have a total of 4 dimes riveted onperfect 10... i'll try to get a pic, they polished up nicely

we are not completely done yet, but before and after pics are in my gallery.

the awning has been a real pain. it takes forever to polish up the rails and bars. zip dee wants an arm and a leg for a new 22' awning fabric it would be cheaper to just buy a new electronic automatic other brand awning.

for the final steps, everywhere is out of that 1.5" belt line rub rail for the lower extrusion in black. and i have a really cool idea i'm working on for covering the plastic spare tire cover in cut alum. pieces.

we did replace all the exterior lights...
here is a link to the lower running lights.
i'm gonna add 2 more to each side for more visibility and convert the houseing to LEDs

the front turn signal ones are trickier to find and occasionally show up on ebay...mine still worked but had rusted the bulb to the socket and the lenses were faded.
i really want to find some really bright driving lights in chrome....any suggestions?

your moho looks AMAZING! we have been following your thread closely and have been so inspired.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:23 PM   #148
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Wow is it looking great or what! Looks like your polishing system is working like a charm. How is the Hf equipment holding up and any idea how many hours you have into polishing.
Getting there!
The HF compound polisher is doing OK... but this is my third one now, but I have a total of about $70 in them so far. They are $49.99 at the moment, but use a 20% off coupon. The 2 year replacement plan is $9.99. My first one lasted a lot longer than the second. When you take them back you just pay for the new replacement plan.
I am a tool guy and would love to spend $200+ on a nice Dewalt, Makita or something, but just dont have the funds at this time. Plus, if it took a tumble off the roof...
The new orbital looks great, and HF has labled it it a "Platinum" product... maybe higher quality?
The reviews on it are good, and as I said I had a gift card...
I have a Cyclo, but I thought I would get this to use my big wool pads on... The hook and loop backing pad on it is 6" and the mounting area on the wool pads is the same. The much larger pad covers more area per pass... and my deal is on pads is a clincher.
It vibrates a bit, but I do have the big pad on it....
But no arguing about the job it did!

How much time do I have into the polish... No clue!
I get over there for a couple of hours when I can, and fiddle about... do a little polishing... do a little sealing.. so breaking it down is impossible!

MaryContrary!
Wow!
Stunning!
Love your progress!
You guys did the roof too!
I am not going there... white roof coating is in my plan, for both heat reflection and sealing..
Did you guys have a lot of ugly gunk behind that moulding?
I was shocked how bad it was!

Thanks for the link on those lower side marker lamps..
I assume they do them in amber too.
LED bulbs is a must.. are they BA9s style(Twist in with pins) or the other type?

Please tell me about the front direction lamps?
Are they off something else?
Part number or model to search?

Driving lamps...
Well finding Chrome bodied lamps is easy... round or square is your first choice!
I like Hella.. great quality, and good output.
I had these chrome Hella HID driving lamps already, so might use them if they look ok.


I also snagged these NOS Hella fog lamps to go below the bumper.
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thanks, and will do!
Keep seeing it here. But feeling stupid... What is "sob" in this context?
some other box
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some other box
Or
Square old box
Some other brand

It all means the same
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:44 PM   #151
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Got all the moulding off the street side and most of them off the curbside now.
Amazing amount of gunk behind them!






I was going to compound out the line, but dropped my compounder.. and broke the rubber backing pad off the spindle, and didnt have my spare with me!
So, also could not push on with the roof...

So I did a little cleanup with a razorblade to get off the sealant strip as best I could then did the rear 3/4 with fine past on the new HF Random Orbit...

Looks better, evened out the finish, took off some of the water streaks, and swirls from the compounder..
RH not done, and you can see the difference..





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Old 11-14-2012, 05:43 PM   #152
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Basic cleanup of front and rear where the moulding was..








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Old 11-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #153
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This post is not for the faint of heart...

Seems that dull oxidized front roof hides a lot of secrets...
Lots of dents and what looks like hail damage too...
The whole darned thing is so soft and easy to deform... it was a tough balance between pressure and getting the job done...

Here is how it looks with a first cut on it...
I will have to remove the interior roof trim and get one of those dent rollers on it sometime!!




This was as far as I got, as I used up most of my limited time trying to get the horrible sealant off the upper windshield seal... it is a combo of silicon and something hard as rock!

I gotta say that the coarse past I made rocks!

All of teh pictures I uploaded yesterday were a result of:
Compounding with course paste on wool pad..
DA Polisher with wool pad and coarse paste.
Wiped down with a cotton cloth and some paint thinner, then wiped off with a fresh cloth.
The DA kicks butt... evens out the finish and just kills those swirls!
Will eventually go back over it with fine paste, but its awesomely good for now!
I think I have my system pretty much dialed in now!

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wow....keep the good work!
So basically no cyclo even for the last pass thru?
It looks awesome!
I remember a truck driver told us about the same homebrew polish, we tried once but we were very disappointed since he didn't mention that it will take 2 days to melt and we were standing there waiting for the miracle to happen!!
Keep the good work and the pics coming!
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