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Old 11-24-2012, 12:13 PM   #155
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When the GOOGLE images car follows you this is what he sees in the reflection off that CLASSIC.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #156
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Too funny Dave!
Thanks!

Veggie:

Had used the Cyclo earlier, and maybe will again when I get down to a fine polish.
As stated, the coarse paste, and wool pad on the HF orbital is gettin it done for the level needed for now.

This picture, which was posted earlier, says a lot.
You can see the areas closer to the camera, which were done earlier and had stains and had already collected deposits from the roof runoff(it's ugly up there!).




This combo took all of it off, removed the swirls from the compounding and heightened the shine, and that was with the coarse paste!

Here is a slightly closer view of the zone I did...



The plan is to go over the whole thing with a finer cut later, but its looking good for now.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:33 AM   #157
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A little progress update...

Decided to spot polish the front roof and get those marker casting back on pronto.
Still a lot to do up there, but now at least that area should be watertight and I can do more polishing later without hitting the caulk.



Also got stuck into the pass side front corner and got most of it done before it started raining..


Last week I pulled off the broken rear bumper, and am going to attempt to MIG weld it, or get a buddy to if my machine is not up to the task.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #158
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Sanded out the first Bumper Overider with 80g/120g/220g on my Air DA to get the anodising and minor scratches out.


Then buffed it on the bench buffer... its cast aluminum, so the shine is not so great, but better than before right?


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Old 12-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #159
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I am interested in shining my baby up
I purchased a 2006 airstream that I want to shine like the sun.
Do u have documented step by step approaches for handling this.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:07 AM   #160
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I am interested in shining my baby up
I purchased a 2006 airstream that I want to shine like the sun.
Do u have documented step by step approaches for handling this.
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Marshall,

I believe that's what this thread is all about. Steve has been documenting all of the steps he's taken to polish his 345. He's done an impressive amount of work to get his rig to shine like it does.

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:23 AM   #161
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Marshall,

I believe that's what this thread is all about. Steve has been documenting all of the steps he's taken to polish his 345. He's done an impressive amount of work to get his rig to shine like it does.

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Also look on the "vintage trailer supply" website, they have a step-by-step in their section under polishing.
That worked well for me.
Do some research on the newer Airstream skin before you get too far along. I believe the alclad is a different alloy that doesn't polish quite as bright as the older rigs.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:26 AM   #162
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Hi Marchall and Welcome!

As the others have said, there is some good info both here, in this thread, and on the sticky page topper too...

Also look at the thread done by C_Lewis77 himself, and Darkspeed.

I believe(and maybe comeone can confirm?), that my Motorhome is not made with the Aluclad(this sheet has a layer of pure aluminum), altho I would love to confirm it.
I can tell you that the lower panels and drawer fronts are T6061 T6, as you could see it printed when I stripped the paint.


Came up good to my eyes!
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If I am not mistaken, they are all "clad" panels. The difference is the composition of the cladding layer. On the older units the cladding is closer to pure aluminum, hence the sharp reflection/ crisp shine.
The newer units (from the late 80's/early 90's on?) The cladding had more alloy....so they will shine but not quite as "crisp"
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #164
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On my thread "finally polishing my 34'" soyboy posted a pic of his polish job on a 99. This may be similar to how a 2000's rig may turn out...
Looks good from the pics
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #165
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Started to polish my Motorhome!

Greetings Marshall!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstreaming!

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I purchased a 2006 airstream that I want to shine like the sun.
Do u have documented step by step approaches for handling this.
Thank you
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While you are researching polishing your Airstream, you will want to keep in mind that the process for a late model, like your 2006, will vary somewhat when compared to the Vintage coaches that are 25 years old or older. Your coach has different aluminum alloy than the Vintage coaches that includes a pronounced grain that must be dealt with to achieve anything approaching the mirror polish that can be achieved on the Vintage coaches. In addition, you may need a stronger stripper to remove the factory applied protective coating from the aluminum . . . the Vintage coaches have a finish called Plasticoat that was applied when the coaches were built and it is my understanding that the Plasticoat yields to strippers more quickly than the factory applied finish on the more recent coaches. There are several threads dealing with polishing the more recent coaches, and the results can be quite comparable to the Vintage coaches, but the processes involved are different.

Good luck with your project!

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What type of stripping agent would be recommended for a 2006?
I have contacted vintagetrailer supply and found the step by step approach for shining.
What is the amount of labor or time needed per foot for a 34 foot RV?
How much time can here be between the stripping and the application of the sealant ? i can't do it all in a few days.
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Greetings Marshall!

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What type of stripping agent would be recommended for a 2006?
I have contacted vintagetrailer supply and found the step by step approach for shining.
What is the amount of labor or time needed per foot for a 34 foot RV?
How much time can here be between the stripping and the application of the sealant ? i can't do it all in a few days.
Thank u
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My experience isn't with the more modern coaches. The newest Airstream product that I have owned is my 1978 Argosy Minuet. What I can relate from reading many threads here on the Forums about stripping the late model Airstream coatings is that a strong chemical stripper will likely be required. The "citrus-based" and "echo-friendly" stripping products aren't likely to be strong enough to remove the modern finishes appplied at the time that the aluminum is manufactured.

Try reading through this thread: Clearcoat and Plasticoat Strippers -- it runs for several pages and discusses a fairly large variety of the products that have been tried with varying degrees of success by Forums members. You can also try a customized Google Search for Plasticoat Strippers or Removers -- this will give you a number of additional threads to examine.

Good luck with your research and project!

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It looks great!!!
Thanks for the pics
It is inspirational
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