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Old 04-27-2015, 08:20 AM   #29
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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. Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
Your polish job is looking good but I have to ask, did you cover up your front window?
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:46 AM   #30
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Yes on tarp burn it was on something PO had next to trailer and not tied properly. Even made some scratches that had to wet sand out.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:12 PM   #31
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I had black marks from tree branches rubbing on it when it had been in my back yard- not branches but just twigs and leaves. I'll have to read up more on sanding- my partner was so impressed with my polishing with the drill (and by the slow pace) he bought me a Makita polisher. Now I think I'll try wet sanding the worst of the pitted areas. I think too I hear you guys saying what i'm thinking, that it'll never be "perfect" but even with some blemishes, it's a mirror-like finish that is impressive.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:17 PM   #32
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Okay, so I just re-read the part about the hand sanding vs. orbital... if you go super fine, like 800-1000 is the orbital okay? I'm not afraid of sanding by hand, I managed to buff out a section of the bad corrosion with F7 by hand, but in the interest of getting this done in a reasonable amount of time...
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:02 PM   #33
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Before and after.
Got to a stopping point lower half will have to wait.
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:44 PM   #34
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That looks great. I actually like the two toned finish.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:31 PM   #35
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Yeah, I think it looks cool too. It's inspiring to see all the work you guys have done.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:37 PM   #36
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Looks great!

I have converted mine to a food truck for my catering company, that's why the windows were covered up... The p.o. Did it he wanted to convert it but did such a crappy start to it I tore it down to the frame and rebuilt and refabbed everything.

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On here but I think mine has some of the worst re-hAbbed skin I've seen in pics. There was no care for it lol.

Nothing wrong from what I see in the pics , looks great!!

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Got more done today, should be done cutting this week and start polishing.


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What you see on the left is after I've hit it with my steps that I've been doing before cutting, on the right is obviously after cutting.

The Sanding for me sped things up almost triple for cutting oxidation.


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Wet sanded from windows up on mine because it was so rough with corrosion it was tearing up the pads. Did just enough to smooth out. Defiantly spend up the process. Use lots of water sand paper in one hand hose sprayer in other rinse often to keep lose material from scratching surface.
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Great tips! I was wondering about how much water. I was just looking at the 600 grit that I got, it's very fine. I was also thinking about what to attach it to, a regular rubber sanding block or glue it to a block of wood- uses more of the sand paper and you can tailor the shape to where you're sanding, like a very narrow piece, but I don't think it'll work well with the water.

It'll be interesting to see how this works, I kind of wonder if the 600 is coarse enough...
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Like I said I've been using 400 grit on the orbital and it hasn't been an issue. It's great for bad oxidation and wet sanding smoothes it out


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Oxidation

Anybody have some suggestions on how to get rid of oxidation without having to break the bank?
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