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Old 09-30-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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Thanks so much for everyone's advice. Headed to harbor freight
make sure you get the extended warranty. FYI i went through 2 of them within 3-4 hours of polishing. I ended up buying a Dewalt...
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #16
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make sure you get the extended warranty. FYI i went through 2 of them within 3-4 hours of polishing. I ended up buying a Dewalt...
Good call. Where did you get your Dewalt
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #17
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Good call. Where did you get your Dewalt
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #18
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Here is a link to the excellent instructions from Vintage Trailer Supply.

Thumbs up on the Dewalt 849, I bought one and it has been great.

I got my wool pads from Vintage Trailer Supply (just sayin' not knocking Harbor Freight)

You will likely want to get a Cyclo for the final finish. I use pre-cut jersey (sweatshirt) material over foam pads on the Cyclo. I can't remember where on the net I bought them though. Of course you can by the material and cut it yourself.

I have been using various types of Nuvite on my '99 Safari and have been happy with the results. Just bear in mind that it goes slow and will take many hours. Also, bear in mind that on your '92 you won't get (just like me) the super mirror finish like the older trailers that have Alclad Aluminum, but it will still polish up very nicely. Note also that the end caps will not polish out as much the sides.

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Old 10-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #19
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make sure you get the extended warranty. FYI i went through 2 of them within 3-4 hours of polishing. I ended up buying a Dewalt...
For the record, I have a $30 HF polisher that I bought the $5 warranty on because I read a few threads saying I'd need it. Turns out I've polished my 31' AS, my 22' boat (twice) and lent it to several people with no issues at all. YMMV
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:00 PM   #20
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For the record, I have a $30 HF polisher that I bought the $5 warranty on because I read a few threads saying I'd need it. Turns out I've polished my 31' AS, my 22' boat (twice) and lent it to several people with no issues at all. YMMV
I am just saying to get the extended warranty. Some have had success like you and others like me havent
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:04 PM   #21
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I am just saying to get the extended warranty. Some have had success like you and others like me havent
yep, no argument from me. I have a DeWalt as well, but it's one of the older ones that's not variable speed, so I use it on my boat only.
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Use mineral spirits to remove black do not use a degreaser, it will stain aluminum.....keep cleaning buffing wheel often with brush, keep wiping off with mineral spirits until you get desired shine
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Tube has lots of videos to show you how to buff aluminum
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:35 PM   #24
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Use mineral spirits to remove black do not use a degreaser, it will stain aluminum.....keep cleaning buffing wheel often with brush, keep wiping off with mineral spirits until you get desired shine
mineral spirits also dulls the shine you just applied and leaves streaks. You can use corn starch on a soft cloth to wipe it off.
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me too on the HF polisher. It has done 3 Airstreams for me and is now doing a 4th. Still runs fine. Cost 29.95 on sale.
I bought a used cyclo which I use on my car too. Its awesome.
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me too on the HF polisher. It has done 3 Airstreams for me and is now doing a 4th. Still runs fine. Cost 29.95 on sale.
I bought a used cyclo which I use on my car too. Its awesome.
I can't break the thing! Ha! You know it's cheap when they throw in a set of extra motor brushes in the box, but I'll be damned if it doesn't work for hours on end with no issues.

I have a cyclo that I love, but it's heavy and gets crazy hot.
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have you oiled the Cyclo? It helps. Though mine makes a little clicking noise which I think is a motor brush going bad.
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have you oiled the Cyclo? It helps. Though mine makes a little clicking noise which I think is a motor brush going bad.
No, I haven't... are you using standard air tool oil or 3 in 1 or what? Are you applying it to each head or where?
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