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Old 09-25-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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When I polish I am getting black residue

I have removed the clear oat and I am now polishing. I am using a buffer and white diamond polish. I am getting black residue from the start. Should I continue or stop polishing. I have a lot of oxidation. I have been stopping and then washing with water and starting again. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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black residue means it's working and that you've successfully removed the clear coat. Continue through it. Let the pad to the work... assume you're using a wool pad? Less is more when polishing, you don't need to load up the pad.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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black residue means it's working and that you've successfully removed the clear coat. Continue through it. Let the pad to the work... assume you're using a wool pad? Less is more when polishing, you don't need to load up the pad.
I am using a terry cloth cover on my buffer. Wrong??
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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Hi....I think you should stop and read some polishing threads here on the Forums. You will wear yourself to a frazzle the way you seem to be going.
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Yes. Assuming you're using a 7" angle grinder type polisher, run over to Harbor Freight and grab some of their tuffer buffer wool pads. I bought like 5 or 6. Then put about a nickel sized amount of polish on the pad, apply it to the trailer and spread it out just a bit before turning it on.

I'll say this: that stuff works well, especially for touch ups, but because of it's liquidity, it makes a HUGE mess. It's also cost prohibitive unless you have a hook up. Look into the NuVite line of paste polishes. They're worth their weight in aluminum.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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GeGe...like others have said...switch to wool bonnets. If you are using one of the inexpensive car buffers like they sell at Walmart, that will not get through the aluminum oxide on your trailer. You will need, at a minimum, a rotary polisher that can be had at places like Harbor Freight for under $50. Velcro wool bonnets work great. As far as washing...water will not help. Your buffing pad should take most of the black off; but, you will have to clean your pad with a pad rake to keep it from getting caked up. Between a second buffing you will notice some black residue on your trailer...especially around the rivets. This should be cleaned with mineral spirits or corn starch. Then rebuff if needed.

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Yep, there are a lot of good ideas on the polishing threads and a lot of folks with good advice and techniques.

Here is just one example of a technique. This is part 3 assuming you have prepped the surface....


FYI - all 5 parts to this video series are on youtube

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I just started using the White diamond, and yes - after shaking the bottle you kind of have to be careful where your aiming it or it will burp and splatter onto places you don't want it. It will also spit when you snap the lid shut. I am using a car buffer with a wool pad but I am now interested in the Harbor freight pads. With our 70' model- I think I polished it about five years ago, and am now doing it again. With the White D, you can almost do a small area (1 foot) and then hand polish it to a shine...but you can see the oxidation being polished back into the surface, or at least thats what it seems like to me. So I will wipe up last with Kerosene (not thinner)...Thinner will really dry out or burn your skin to a certain degree... whereas Kerosene stays supple longer and does the same thing if not better than thinner and is not as harsh...plus it is cheaper by the gallon. Wipe that black stuff away and keep polishing and good luck.
Also with the White D I seem to be coming out with more of a swirled finish as can be seen in the suns reflection.
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yes... the polishing work never ends if the trailer is stored outside.
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If you go on U-tube, there is a site that shows you how to polish your Airstream. Search (How to polish Airstream) It's real good!!
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Vintage Trailer Supply also has a fairly good document available online about polishing.

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Yep, there are a lot of good ideas on the polishing threads and a lot of folks with good advice and techniques.

Here is just one example of a technique. This is part 3 assuming you have prepped the surface....

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Old 09-30-2013, 07:14 PM   #14
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Thanks so much for everyone's advice. Headed to harbor freight
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