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Old 05-06-2004, 08:30 AM   #15
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I did start using a Makita variable speed buffer with a 2-sided 3m pad. The compound I was using was the famous Southern Shine. Southern shine does work. However, it was not bringing me to the shine I wanted. So I switched to using the Cyclo and Met-All using a wool pad. When I went back to clean up and remove swirl marks I used Blue Magic polish and a Foam pad. Keep in mind my surface was already shiny but was swirled after using the Met-All. The last process took all of this out and fine scratches.

The biggest thing I learned was to complete an area before going to the next, start at the top, and work your way down. This is a very dirty process and things tend to fall down and get on the lower panels. So, if these panels are complete they are being splashed with compound. Unless you are to mask them off as you’re completed.

My trailer will be getting coated and the lower painted pewter gray along with all the red, white, and blue trims.

My trailer is far from being perfect however, it looks pretty good to me.

Thank you for the kind words.
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Old 05-06-2004, 08:56 AM   #16
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If I may interject my opinion

After playing around last night, I passed over the surface at least eight times trying to get rid of the corosion. I pulled the cyclo out of the box, and gave it a whirl. It cleared up those swirl marks almost instaintly. Here's a couple of pics. I only cyclo'ed the upper area, you can still see the swirls on the bottom half.

I would say the cyclo is a must.

I do think that I may need to order a higher rated polish to get out the corosion, I tried everything and had no luck.

JP, that is a great pic, behind the truck. You should be proud!!!!!

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Thank you... I am very proud of the job I have accomplished. But also tired
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Old 05-06-2004, 03:53 PM   #18
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You deserve to be proud of that polish job.

Granted, your tired, but just think, you can now sit in that picnic chair, facing the trailer, with a cold beer in your hand, and see the reflection of the guy who did that, along with his "BIG" smile.

Any job well done, is worth doing.

Makes a person proud. Tired, but proud.



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Old 05-06-2004, 04:54 PM   #19
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Thanks Andy...

The sad thing is there is no turning back after you start. I think that anyone that has little patience need to not even attempt this. becasue about 30 hours in they will think there getting nowhere. truth is it seems like you will never finish. I actually went over the side seen in picture another 8-10 hours after that. not counting going over front and rear end.

Polishing is not all its cracked up to be.. rewarding yes but fun not really
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Old 05-06-2004, 05:27 PM   #20
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Thank you... I am very proud of the job I have accomplished. But also tired
And, you said:My trailer is far from being perfect however, it looks pretty good to me.
JP,
Very Nice work`!!
I bet you felt the shoulder muscles, after 30 hrs, tighten up~!
That's really what it's all about~!
Ron,
If you wanta try something kewl..go out at night with a blue LED light and, shine it on that side of your unit~! (let us know what you think)

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Wink You better be serious before you start....

I totally agree. Polishing is a big investment in time and labor not to mention the money.

After around 50 hours and your half way done your wondering if you ever will get done.

I have about 90 hours into mine and have NOT gone over it with the cyclo yet

But it looks better and better to me as I think about all the work it would take to keep going over it. You can always polish a little more.... You just have to decide when enough is enough.

Also, don't forget to add in the price for new carpet for your house when you have been tracking in black residue over it for a few months!

It is rewarding though when your done. I would do mine again. Not sure about another one though....
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Ron,
If you wanta try something kewl..go out at night with a blue LED light and, shine it on that side of your unit~! (let us know what you think)

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Ok, where can I pick one up at???? I'm an idiot you know.....
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Inspiring

All of these pictures of your shiney rigs are inspiring me to get out there, and quit worrying about the time it will take. It can be discouraging, I'm sure, but wow!!!!
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Ok, where can I pick one up at???? I'm an idiot you know.....
Ron,
You might try at Wal-Mart Store in your area..
This is where I found mine..
The effects of the light's refractions are just stunning~!
Blue LED works the best~

I hear you about the polishing efforts..It's sorta like copying "Morse Code", once you get over the initial barrier, the rest follows.
The work you've done so far on the interior has been fantastic~

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They look great -- but polishing sure seems like it would be the mortal enemy of sitting under a tree and drinking beer.

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Now Ed & Bev....come on.....

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They look great -- but polishing sure seems like it would be the mortal enemy of sitting under a tree and drinking beer.

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I polish under a tree with a cold one ready everytime I step off the ladder!!!!
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Ron,
You might try at Wal-Mart Store in your area..
This is where I found mine..
The effects of the light's refractions are just stunning~!
Blue LED works the best~

I hear you about the polishing efforts..It's sorta like coping "Morse Code", once you get over the initial barrier, the rest follows.
The work you've done so far on the interior has been fantastic~

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I'm tired of polishing, Maybe I'll go get one now!!!!
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I'm tired of polishing, Maybe I'll go get one now!!!!
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Just remember this trick works best on skin surface that "has not" been CYCLO'D~!
Best I can remember, the blue LED light was either in the Sports Dept or in the Auto Section..It's one of those "key-chain" type things. Which means, it's gonna cost more to replace the batteries than to buy a new one..lmao
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