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Old 10-07-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Well I did it...

I started the polish job on my 62 globetrotter. I did a test spot today and I have a few questions.

1. I have some deeeeeeep scratches in places, best way to get them absolutely the best I can?? Wet sand then polish? I know they won't come completely out but I'm taking the entire winter to do the job and want it to look as good as I can get it.

2. The small "pitting" left over after my test spot. I'm guessing this falls I to the previous question, but really want to revive the skin on her.

I used black emery bar first pass, then a second. Finished it with white just to get an idea... All that was left was the tiny pitting/ chips. Need to get them out!

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Thanks in advance!!

The last pic is I think the "pitting" that's on the trailer, I'm doing my best to get it gone but would like the input as te best way how to





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Old 10-12-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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What tools are you using? I am also just starting but mine was sandblasted and your test patch looks better than mine. (See the truth, I can handle the truth) topic. I was told to sand with 600 grit sandpaper first
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:04 PM   #3
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Your trailer has a very thin layer of Alclad aluminum. If you get too aggressive with sandpaper, you might sand right through it.


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Old 10-12-2014, 12:31 PM   #4
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Your trailer has a very thin layer of Alclad aluminum. If you get too aggressive with sandpaper, you might sand right through it.


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Your "might" is really "will".

The alclad is very thin.

Polishing to perfection is nice, but when the metal has deep scratches and small holes caused by oxidation, forget it.

You can't see those flaws a few feet away from the trailer, and if you can, what difference does it make??

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Old 10-12-2014, 04:27 PM   #5
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I'm starting with black emery bar. It needs a very deep cut .

Then I'm going to red bar then finish with white.

Using treated airway buffing wheel. The black is coming out great, except for the deep pitting so i want to do this right.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:32 PM   #6
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Where did you buy them from?
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:34 PM   #7
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Caswell plating was my source up here in canada
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:34 PM   #8
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Excellent I am also in Canada. So they have all the goodies then!'
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:35 PM   #9
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Caswell has everything to do the job completely
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:36 PM   #10
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Great thanks for the info I will check them out
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:37 PM   #11
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I also have bad pitting as mine was sandblasted so we are suffering the same fate
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Sandblasted??!?!?!!
Wtf who sandblast an airstream my god
Well good luck to both of us
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Doesn't anybody use Met-all any more? You know the pink stuff in a can. Rub it on til it turns black, then dip your polishing cloth in flour and rub to a brilliant shaine. That stuff?.

That's all we used back in the day. It didn't hurt the finish, and protected it from oxidation.

I polished my Bambi with it years ago. It took me a week working 2 or 3 hours each nite. I didn't even have a buffer, did it all by hand.
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Well we will have to compare when we are done seeing as you are in Van and I am in Chilliwack.

And I know the sandblasting thing, I don't get it, it would have been 100 times easier to strip it. But it was from Saskatchewan.
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