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Old 03-23-2005, 01:45 AM   #15
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Hmmm, is there a way to tell if it is bondo before starting a strip 'n polish? It would kinda suck having a shiny exterior and those "bald spots" on it.
Just custom cut a WBCCI sticker around it
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Old 03-24-2005, 01:30 PM   #16
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Well, I'm taking the plunge and am going to order some tubs of Nuvite and a Cyclo polisher.

So, how many 1 lb tubs of Nuvite F7, C and S polish do you guys think I might need? I have to order it into Canada, so multiple shipments get kind of expensive...
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Old 03-24-2005, 02:03 PM   #17
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On our 19-footer we used:
1 1/2-lb of the 'C' with the compounder
1-lb of 'F7' with the Cyclo-Polisher and
1-lb of 'S' for the final polish with the Cyclo-Polisher
You will then be using 'S' and maybe leftover 'C' & 'F7' to maintain the polish on an annual basis. So if you'd rather order it all at once, you might want another 'S' to get you by for a couple of years.

I would expect you 22-footer would take about the same, depending on your oxidation and satifaction levels. Keep in mind that each year you touch it up the overall polish will improve.

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Old 03-25-2005, 08:01 PM   #18
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This is as good as anywhere to post a note
to let everybody know I have finally
updated our website with a
Stripping & Polishing section.

Enjoy!

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Old 03-26-2005, 10:31 AM   #19
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Bondo and paint?

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Hmmm, is there a way to tell if it is bondo before starting a strip 'n polish? It would kinda suck having a shiny exterior and those "bald spots" on it.
It looks like it was painted silver over some bondo, why not find a not-so-noticeable spot there one of these things are, and apply a little laquer thinner to it? If it is paint, it will pucker up and the paint will come off, revealing the bondo underneath. If that is the case, just touch up again with some silver paint, and you will be no worse off than you are now, except you will know what you have. If it doesn't come off, it may be where it was roughed up for the repair, and may not polish out.
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Old 03-26-2005, 10:46 AM   #20
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How about pulling the awning mount off a little bit while you olympic rivet a square of aluminum for a patch. Then remount the bracket.
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Cool

I've been using metalwax and have been quite happy with the results. Unlike Nuvite and rolite products, which leave a black residue which is hard to remove, metawax cleans up with plain soap and water. The owner of the airstream on the metalwax website said he uses cornstarch, which is another option.
Go to metalwax.com

I've doon most of the trailer by hand, but a comercial random orbital polisher works well also.
As soon as I can figure out how to reduce the size of the trailer pics I'll post them.
What ever you decide just take your time and enjoy the results.

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Old 03-26-2005, 02:19 PM   #22
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Paul...after looking at the metalwax website, I think you are using this product for polishing, not for stripping. Is this correct? If so, what did you use to strip?
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Polishing update

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This is as good as anywhere to post a note
to let everybody know I have finally
updated our website with a
Stripping & Polishing section.

Enjoy!

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Wow Shari! Thanks for the website update. What a beautiful job. We're waiting for decent weather to tackle our '78 31' Sovereign. I know it is going to be a HUGE job, but photos such as yours are real incentive and show us our goal. Thanks again. Gale
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Mark and Kimber- Our tradewind is a 1959 which didn't have a clear coat. Airstream didn't start clear coating until some time in the '60's. Check the website for threads on clear coat stripping, I'm sure you'll find what you need. Good luck!
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Old 03-28-2005, 08:02 AM   #25
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Thank you for responding, Paul. Good information.
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Well, after trying some paint thinner on that funky spot, the rag started turning black and the metal started to come showing through . I'm guessing the PO had started some polishing / sanding, and just marred up the plasticoat. Excellent.

I'm going to place an order tomorrow with Perfect Polish for a bunch of polish and a Cyclo set. I should be able to buy a compounder & aircraft stripper locally here, since there is a huge airport & associated little industries. Anything else I should know about?

Planning for a "stripping party" on the May long weekend, if not sooner.
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If you have not already placed an order, check out
Cheapest price I have found and he'll give you a 10% first time discount.
Got my kit coming for $250 Free shipping...
Did you look at Por products for stripper???
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Yeah, I saw Winner's circle , but they don't offer free shipping to Canada, so it's the same for me.

Bringing stuff like caustic stripper across the border can be a real hassle too, so there are less headaches by sourcing something locally.
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