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Old 09-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Well... I started the madness

This is with approx 5-6 passes with Nuvite F7. Its a great 5 ft shine but when you are really up on it there is still some white oxidation and pitting. I have run 3-4 more passes over this area and it just isnt coming out. I plan on trying out some F9 this weekend and see if it will take care of the problem. Its going to take forever but its exciting to see her start to shine.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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I will be there in a few months, so for now I will cheer from the sidelines. Any chance you will bring it up to Falluminum? There will be a bunch of people there who will really appreciate all the work you are embarking on.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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I will be there in a few months, so for now I will cheer from the sidelines. Any chance you will bring it up to Falluminum? There will be a bunch of people there who will really appreciate all the work you are embarking on.
I actually didn't even know about it... but it looks like alot of fun! I have an infield pass the weekend before at Road Atlanta for the Petit LeMans but Ill see if i can talk the wife into that weekend at the lake. It would be great to meet some other Airstream enthusiasts in the area!
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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If f9 doesn't work try 3m super duty rubbing compound, I had this same problem and the 3m took it right off, leaves some swirl marks, but that will come off with nuvite c or any other mid grade compound.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:04 PM   #5
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If f9 doesn't work try 3m super duty rubbing compound, I had this same problem and the 3m took it right off, leaves some swirl marks, but that will come off with nuvite c or any other mid grade compound.
Thanks... I went out and bought some today with the anticipation of seeing how it would work. But instead my second Harbor Freight polisher of the project burned up . So I am done messing with them and going to order a Makita or Dewalt to finish the job. I was able to make some progress though before the "setback"
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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I bought the Dewalt DWP849X and couldn't be happier with the purchase....I am however not happy with the time it takes to get to where I want to be. I have up to this point been using Nuvite F9/6/C/S and at the rate I'm going I should have bought a 5 gal bucket of the stuff....it's good but slow.

On Friday I ordered the extra thick 10" (wish they had 12") hard sewn buffs and compounds from Jetsco...we'll see what happens when they get here. These are used vertically and will cut much quicker.

Have fun...it will be all worth it when it's done

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I have a 62 Tradewind and by the time you get over this you should be an expert and I will let you try mine. HAHA
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I have as bad if not a worse problem then yours. I ended up, after searching lots of threads, doing a wet sand with 320, 400, 600 and 1000 grit paper. Just finished the 320 and am starting the 400. I tried a light sand with 600 and then buffing. Just was spinning my wheels at removing thr deep brown oxidation, filliform oxidation under the old clear coat and old deep tarp marks. The 320 really has got the old problems on the ropes. I can really see progress now rather than going over and over the oxidation with my buffer. Of course, I hired a couple of young men to help me. We really made progress today.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:38 PM   #9
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I have as bad if not a worse problem then yours. I ended up, after searching lots of threads, doing a wet sand with 320, 400, 600 and 1000 grit paper. Just finished the 320 and am starting the 400. I tried a light sand with 600 and then buffing. Just was spinning my wheels at removing thr deep brown oxidation, filliform oxidation under the old clear coat and old deep tarp marks. The 320 really has got the old problems on the ropes. I can really see progress now rather than going over and over the oxidation with my buffer. Of course, I hired a couple of young men to help me. We really made progress today.
I am just too afraid to wet sand the trailer....
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:56 PM   #10
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This is with approx 5-6 passes with Nuvite F7. Its a great 5 ft shine but when you are really up on it there is still some white oxidation and pitting. I have run 3-4 more passes over this area and it just isnt coming out. I plan on trying out some F9 this weekend and see if it will take care of the problem. Its going to take forever but its exciting to see her start to shine.
I feel your pain! To quote one experienced friend's reply to a plaintive email I sent while polishing our '60 Pacer, "Grinding the crust off an old Airstream is hard work!" Truth--aluminum oxide is very hard. That's why they use it for an abrasive!

One word of encouragement--the compound curved panels like you started polishing on are the worst. As you have noticed, they develop stretch marks and pits where oxide remains after several applications of coarse polish.

I wouldn't polish too aggressively--to my way of thinking, leaving a few oxidized pits is better than polishing right through the pure aluminum surface of the Alclad down to the alloy underneath.

Good luck!
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update... lots of progress! With a new Dewalt and gravel in the bottle I cut to the chase. These pics are with 1-2 passes of the 3M and then a pass with F7. I still need to do the trim work and a pass of C to get rid of the swirls but its coming along great!
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:23 PM   #12
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I have been slowly working my way around... and finally have the end of the first pass in sight. I have some nasty swirls that i will have to start removing on the next run but making progress.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:22 AM   #13
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a couple more pics. I hope to finish the first cut with a couple weeks. Unfortunately I can only do 2-3 hours at a time with my schedule...
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:32 AM   #14
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