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Old 07-08-2015, 05:30 PM   #365
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Polishable?

read a sales ad recently that stated it was "one of the last airstreams that could be polished to a mirror shine". Did they change exteriors at some point preventing the new ones to be polished to a mirror finish? When?Thanks?
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:19 AM   #366
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Big Ole Thanks

A big ole thanks for the information! Bought my first airstream a 1965 (the year I was born) Overlander, I am focusing on the interior right now but looking ahead to the exterior. Someone painted it grey because I guess they didn't like the shine-ugh. I guess the stripping process you did with the Romoveall will take the paint off as well.

Reading your posts and progress has been encouraging! I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the exterior but now I feel like I can manage it!
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:30 AM   #367
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Wow, this is amazing! We've been debating doing our 31 foot international but were concerned about pinstriping.

Any thoughts from anyone on using this paint on method over the striping?
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:29 AM   #368
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Okay, a little perspective: what I've found is that a) since the corrosion variess over the trailer because of exposure, the techniques will vary. Where it was really bad on the front, like they drove it through a sand storm, I used 800 grit and wet sanded it. I wish I hadn't, it was really tough getting the swirls out of the aluminum. I'd prefer to take my chances with the buffer. b) on other areas, it went really fast, so far, only using F7. I prefer Nuvite to the other stuff, as it seems to be a better quality product. I'm curious to know what the rest of you think about polishing compounds. c) coming to the realization, after multiple weekends of polishing, that it's going to have a kind of patina and never be mirror finish. I prefer to think of it more like the finish on those veiny mirrors from the 60s. It's easy to obsess over it, at least for me.
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:56 AM   #369
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My Polishing Story

Here is a video i made of me polishing my 1982 310 TD over the summer

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Old 09-29-2015, 08:38 PM   #370
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Roof?

This is great! I wanted to start this project this weekend. The best thing for me to do in the LI, NY area is, I strip it and have a professional come in and polish. No body wants the whole job!

The BIG surprise was while washing the roof, I see it's painted white with caulking extending in a radius 6-8" from each roof unit, AC, vents, etc..Should I strip and polish this also or just clean it? The truckers may like the look? hahaha

Is this the standard roof and can I crawl around up there or not. There's lots of dirt around the rivets and "gutters"?

Thanks my friends,

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Old 09-30-2015, 01:46 PM   #371
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Time-Lapse Classic 310 TD polishing

Another video i made while polishing my 1982 310.

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Old 09-30-2015, 05:23 PM   #372
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Time-Lapse Classic 310 TD polishing

Again, my time lapse. Sorry for the posting errors.
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:13 PM   #373
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Inland the link does not appear to work.?
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Old 10-14-2015, 05:11 AM   #374
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Strip and Polish

I've been told in 1997 the aluminum was changed so it can't be polished like the vintage ASs. Also the PPG Aerospace PR-Peroxide-Activated Stripper will not work on the 1997 Safari. This product is the replacement for Removall.

This info was a lititle late to the party n I have a 5 gallon pail of the PPG minus ~ 4 oz for a test area. It is for sale. I have the receipt n I can send a picture of the jug. It's $218.00 with shipping full. I'll let it go for $150.00 + shipping.

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Old 10-14-2015, 11:21 AM   #375
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Mine is a 92 Linited, same aluminum as yours. They can be polished
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Old 10-15-2015, 05:11 AM   #376
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Like the Galactic lighting!

What did you use to strip?
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:28 AM   #377
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Kleen strip aircraft stripper, not a good choice but it did the job.
Your brand is obviously much better and safer.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:38 PM   #378
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Can you get a mirror finish with clearcoat or is yearly polishing the only way to achieve this?

I read the whole tread looking for the answer and did not see it. I would like to have a mirror finish. A one time deposit of 200 hours for polishing I can stomach, but 50-60 hours every year seems unreasonable to me. That is 1/3 of my yearly vacation. I would rather be camping.
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