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Old 08-11-2012, 05:55 PM   #113
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Nice work.

After I polished mine I noticed more folks look & comment when traveling.

Very rewarding hard work
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:38 AM   #114
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Now I'm inspired. I'll post the before and after pics. A lot of polishing ahead. A great winter project!
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:49 AM   #115
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Now I'm inspired. I'll post the before and after pics. A lot of polishing ahead. A great winter project!
That is what happened to me last winter.....the shine looks so good now!
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:07 AM   #116
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Now I'm inspired. I'll post the before and after pics. A lot of polishing ahead. A great winter project!
Good stuff!
We are not so far away from each other, so let me know if you need any help/support/advice!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #117
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Perhaps someone knows where I can purchase a 'well used' cyclo polisher? I found one on ebay last night for an opening bid of $50, but when I placed a bid it told me I'd need to set up a pay pal account. I'm leary to say the least! Way too many scammers out there these days. If you hear of one please let me know.....Eric
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:46 AM   #118
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Perhaps someone knows where I can purchase a 'well used' cyclo polisher? I found one on ebay last night for an opening bid of $50, but when I placed a bid it told me I'd need to set up a pay pal account. I'm leary to say the least! Way too many scammers out there these days. If you hear of one please let me know.....Eric
Just keep your eye open on Craigslist etc, thats where I found mine... had to drive all the way to Victorville or Beaumont or something to get it, but $100 was good!
Those darned Airstream polishing people keep the used prices high tho!
Which works both ways because you can get all or a lot of your money back out when you sell it.

Ebay is pretty safe to buy from if you use Paypal.
I had bid and won an item a year ago, and the guy never shipped... I got my $700 back within a few weeks.
I like Paypal, and use it a lot...

To be honest, the Cyclo is a backburner item... You have so much work to do between now and detailing out the shine, you have time...
And if you are planning to set aside a week or two to "get that job done".... You will find that a few hours of holding a compounding buffer will teach you a that the "Insanity Workout" does not only come on a DVD!
I am telling you, even if you are young and fit, you will find and use muscles you never knew you had! It is a full, hardcore workout, that uses every muscle from your fingers to your core!
Other here will agree!
Having said that... you will have a blast... and if you are like me, its the fastest way to loose a day of your life in total rapture, as 20+ years of dullness is stripped away revealing your diamond!

So, get yourself paintstripper, a compounding polisher(there is a great discussion on the Harbor Freight vs higher cost buffers here on this thread), about a dozen wool pads(I have a great hookup for you if you PM me), some Nuvite G6, and also I suggest you get the vented edge wheel pads and bars too.

Oh, unless you are working inside, add sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves, and cases of water to your supply list!

And of course... start a thread/blog so we can all enjoy your progress!
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #119
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Yup, polishing, like Airstreams, seems to be addictive!

I love the smell of hot wool and Nuvite in the morning!
Smells like...Shiny!
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:19 PM   #120
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"So, get yourself paintstripper, a compounding polisher(there is a great discussion on the Harbor Freight vs higher cost buffers here on this thread), about a dozen wool pads(I have a great hookup for you if you PM me), some Nuvite G6, and also I suggest you get the vented edge wheel pads and bars too."

So far I have the cierus stripper that seems to work well when it's not too hot out (San Diego in Summer!) Well, you know. Hot, Hot, Hot! I have a pound of Nuvite 7, a pound of C and a half pound of S on the way. I have a Northern variable speed tool and a handy, dandy Sears Craftsman auto polisher! Do you think this will handle a 29 footer? And what is a vented edge wheel pad and Bars???
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:07 PM   #121
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I had a craftsman for a few hours and took it back. The nice thing about the Harbor freight polisher i ended up buying (it may be the same for your Northern) is the spindle threading is standard (same as the dewalt). ....meaning when you go to places like vintage trailer supply, all of the buffing pads, backer plates, wheels, etc fit the spindle. My experience with the craftsman is that the threading is unique to itself.
also... another thing I learned the hard way, get the correct pads not the cheapy ones; there really is a difference. I used the twisted wool pads from vintage trailer supply they worked well for me and cleaned up easy after a days work. There are some other airwheels and pads that i have seen that work well too.
I will be looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:11 PM   #122
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These are the Vented 10" pads, adaptor and black and white bars I got form Caswell Plating... I got some smaller ones too, but not so happy with them...



This is how it looks mounted...


And these are the wool pads I get and use..

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:13 PM   #123
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Guys.....I have a question not related to polishing, but I can see you've been members for years so I think you'd know. I'm trying to test light the water heater. It's an 87 Atwood. The unit is located outside, drivers side, directly under the couch. The problem is even with the manual, I can't find where to turn it on! Is it a manual start, or auto with a switch? If you have any idea, please let me know before I blow myself up!
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:22 PM   #124
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Hi Eric...
I would post this either in the Classic Motorhome section or in the Water Heater/Filter section.
But... for the record...
On my heater, once the propane tank valve is open, ther is a switch in my 345's bathroom that fires her up...
Now, I suggest that you run the gas stove for a few minutes if it has not run for a while to help flush air out of the pipes!
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:02 AM   #125
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anyone ever try Zephyp polish?
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anyone ever try Zephyp polish?
I've never heard of it. What info do you have on it?
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