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Old 04-25-2015, 08:30 AM   #15
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My skin has horrible pits all over , crazy deep scratches that will neve come out.
I'll Polish it as good as she will get and just use it and enjoy it. It will still look beautiful.... At 55 years old I agree, she has the right to have a few scars


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Old 04-25-2015, 10:29 AM   #16
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On another note, my nuvite is arriving shortly.

Want to be sure, only cyclo with s, final grade correct?

The other grades all with a wool bonnet etc??


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Old 04-26-2015, 08:25 AM   #17
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Yes, standard procedure is S with cyclo. However, you can get by without the cyclo. Swirls will show but not as much as one would think. Swirls are only noticeable in certain light. I have not purchased a cycle (probably will someday) yet but people still are amazed by the shine on my trailer. As side note, I like Diamond Bright Truck Box Polish instead of S for my final cut. It seems to have a waxing component to it not present with Nuvite S but both DB or S will finish it off nicely.


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On another note, my nuvite is arriving shortly.

Want to be sure, only cyclo with s, final grade correct?

The other grades all with a wool bonnet etc??


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Old 04-26-2015, 12:47 PM   #18
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It's great to see this. I've been polishing, a little by hand in patches to understand the process and then with a buffing wheel yesterday. I got the heavy corrosion off in places, which is amazing to me, but then, looking at it from 12" away for hours on end, I become kind of obsessed. I still see bits of scratches and pits, but standing a ways away it looks pretty darn good.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:43 PM   #19
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Just keep grinding away on it.
After 3 years of restoring this trailer I think we all deserve a cyclo at the end of it.

Looking fwd to seeing your progress. I think I'm still going to f7 after this, then cyclo f7 then cyclo s. That's what my nuvite distributor recommended me, they've been selling it for 20 years so I trust their knowledge.

It's a damn grind I'm looking fwd to actually polishing it, the cutting is the toughest part.


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Old 04-26-2015, 02:45 PM   #20
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You see the difference in that pic? That little tiny "orange" spot? That's where I couldn't reach to sand/wet sand. Look at the difference at how much oxidation just sanding/wet sanding eats through.

Makes cutting a whole lot easier. My trailer was basically like that all over. It was BAD.


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Old 04-26-2015, 05:32 PM   #21
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So, if it's really deeply pitted, it's better to wet sand with something fine, like 400? I have deep pitting on the front end of the trailer, I think from the direction it's been facing for years and the prevailing weather. I was able to hand polish a small area with F7, and used (a crappy Vermont American pad I got locally because I ordered the wrong hardware to connect the wool pads from VTS to my drill) a pad wheel to knock down most of the crud.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:38 PM   #22
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Here's a shot of my front. As you can see where the tanks go, it's ruined.

What I did was hit it hard with 400, knocked everything down as much as I could.

Then 600 the opposite direction. Then wet sand 800 then 1000. Then deeeeep pits and scratches will never go away but I'm very happy with where it is now. It's 55 years old!

After done wet sanding, I used the black emery bar with a treated buffing wheel with a lot
Of pressure to cut as much of the heavy pits out. It's all still there but much MUCH cleaner.


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Old 04-26-2015, 05:40 PM   #23
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It will even better when I start polishing. Don't fret too much about everything just get it as good as you can. Post some pics.


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Forgot to say for sanding I'm using a random orbital sander.


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Old 04-26-2015, 06:34 PM   #25
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Thanks, here is a pic showing the condition of the roof on the left and after going over it with a wooly wheel with F7, and then by hand. Most of the trailer isn't so bad, but I'll post a pic of the front...
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Managed to get almost all of the scratches out from when we got her don't plan on polishing the roof where I plan to paint. The roof is where you can tell the change the most from polished and not.
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I'm jealous both of your skins looks good. I'm sad mine will never be minty but maybe I'll find one that I can use as an actual camper that's in great shape


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Old 04-27-2015, 07:59 AM   #28
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What's the black smears on the skin? Is that tarp burn ??


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