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Old 11-18-2003, 09:45 PM   #15
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Ok first is the cost. Not sure but I picked up the airstream for two grand and I think I have a little under five total in it now. I did all the work myself with some help from good friends. There are alot of hours in it not sure how many but more than I care to remember.
How did I strip the wood. Well I started with two different types of stripper and that worked ok but slow. I then tried a small jitter sander. Again to slow so I tried my D/A air sander and that worked real fast but left some scratches. After I used the D/A I cleaned it up with the smaller electric sander.
The last and hardest project is the polishing. So far I am using the Harbor Frieght 6 speed polisher with Nuvite G6. I tried a number of different things and ended up back with the Nuvite. I'm not sure but if I had to guess I'd say it never had a clear coat and never has been polished. The PO polished the front about five years ago and that is why I had to polish it. I think I would have enjoyed it alittle before taking on this polishing job had it all looked the same.

Thanks everyone for the praise

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Old 11-19-2003, 10:07 AM   #16
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VERY nice job.............

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Old 11-19-2003, 01:55 PM   #17
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Great Job

Man I love to see these old trailers come back to life!!!

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Old 11-19-2003, 02:33 PM   #18
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WOW, and in 4 Months!

A Super job, Glad you are finialy able to take her out on the road.
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Old 11-19-2003, 02:36 PM   #19
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Nice job! Unfortunately, my 50's liner interior has been ravaged and shoddily repaired over the years-it was a hunting cabin for the last 10 or so years!

Looks like I won't be as lucky as you. . . I get to rebuild EVERYTHING from scratch, INCLUDING the floor. 59toaster and Markjoandall watch out! You will probably get a million PM's from me once I start working on it!! I have to finish my 73 first though.

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Old 11-19-2003, 04:49 PM   #20
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All I can say is "oh My" and "WOW"
Great job on the restoration. Terry and I are still working on "old rivits", 1972 Argosy. i hope ours looks as good as yours and the others I've seen on this forum.

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