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Old 12-14-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Worst Christmas present/extreme oxidation

So this is our first airstream a 68 sovereign and have been doing alot to it in the last year. Replaced sub floor,new wiring completely redid inside(70%done) new axles and cut rusted frame and welded in new. So here's my dilemma I told my wife I would get the outside polished for her Christmas gift. I know I'm looking at 200hours but now thinking more like 400hrs with the amount of oxidation. I've got 7" buffer and started with nuvite F7. That didn't do anything at all so went to brown bar compound and that's helping but this oxidation has to be the worst anyone has seen. I'm almost to the point of wet sanding but am looking for any tips and yes I have read everything ever written about polishing airstream and I think that I may have severe filliform. Here are some pics and Ive done 4 treatments of stripping the clear coat using homedepot stripper the spray and brush on and two treatments of the airplane spray stripper.
The next two pics are after about 12 hours with the buffing compound
This is with just the nuvite

Thanks for any input and feel free to tell me I'm insane for thinking I can do this lol.

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Old 12-14-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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Looks like filiform, try wet sanding w/ 600 & ultimately end up w/ 2000, worked for me!

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Old 12-14-2015, 03:34 PM   #3
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That's what I figured is ultimately going to be the fastest to give the best finish instead of trying to buff it all out.
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Old 12-15-2015, 06:06 AM   #4

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I used the 'sanding method' on the battery door surrounds for our Classic.

It worked very well, BUT they are NOT alclad. If you decide to sand, be very careful not to sand thru. Try red or green Scotch pads first.



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Old 12-15-2015, 10:27 AM   #5
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Have you stripped the clear Coat? That is what my Safari looked like before I stripped it. Jim
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:59 AM   #6
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Try a small patch to see how it goes. I'd start wet sanding with 320 then go over it at 90 degree angle with 400 then maybe 600 grit. You can polish a 400 grit finish pretty easy so I'm not sure 600 grit is worth it. I don't know when they stopped using Alclad but I think it was well before 1969. Leland
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:01 AM   #7
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Yea I've been trying different sections of different processes. I was hoping it was still the clear coat but afte about 6 treatments of paint stripper I'm convinced the clear coat is off. The other side of it looks almost polished just after the clear coat was removed. Sanding it with 400 grit got most of the filliform out then buffed it and got it looking good but not mirror finish. So I got more sanding bass coming in and will work up to 600 grit and see if it will buff to a mirror after it. From what I've read they stopped using alclad around 82. So that means mine is alclad. If I understand it correctly that's safer to sand than the newer ones or do I have that backwards. Thanks for yalls help. I've got about 20hrs invested so far and only 2900 more hrs to go lol.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:21 AM   #8
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This is the other side after stripping the clear coat. If only the whole thing looked that good lol

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