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Old 06-19-2009, 08:29 AM   #29
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While I Wait....

...for my parts to come in from VTS to re-build my windows, I spent a couple of hours last night with Nuvite #7 and my polisher. Man, without the clear coat that the '62 had on it, this is WAY less work. But still a lot of work. I know it is a bit selfish to start polishing but this goes a long way toward neighbor relations. I shiny old trailer is much more attractive than an old dull one
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:53 AM   #30
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AWESOME FIND!!!

Ditto on what Marcus said...you knew that floor would be bad

Lots of Flying Clouds in Iowa I guess, and found mine there last year but wasn't as nearly in good shape,

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Old 06-19-2009, 10:36 AM   #31
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I really lucked out on the condition. It is like a time capsule. Very few changes had been made in it's long history. The fridge doesn't seem old enough to be original but it is white, vintage and works! If the floors were okay, I could be camping this weekend. The propane bottles have gas in them and everything works - it just blew me away.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #32
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Man, without the clear coat that the '62 had on it, this is WAY less work. But still a lot of work.
Barry, does it seem like the non-clear-coated aluminum on your Flying Cloud polishes up better or quicker than the clear-coated aluminum on your Overlander? I found that while my formerly clear-coated aluminum polishes up nicely with lots of work, it was pretty heavily pitted. Seems like a good heavy oxidation does a better job of protecting the metal over the years than a clear coat.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:05 AM   #33
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You know there are "benefits" to both. The clear coat had actually done a nice job of protecting the aluminum on the 1962 but was such a head ache to remove - of course the very front required more effort to polish and was more pitted. BUT, you are correct about the non-clear coat oxidation providing a nice protection. The polisher seemed to work much more quickly and efficiently on the 1955. I only spent 1.5 hours and covered a lot of area. I'm planning on 2-3 hours each on Saturday and Sunday (Father's Day gift to myself).
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Man is that polishing up nicely. My '59 was without clear coat and it polished up OK. I can't imagine what its like trying to polish with a protective clear coat. I still can't believe what a gem you found right there in your neighborhood. Maybe you should check out other RV places by widening your circle. If you find anything, let me know.

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Old 06-19-2009, 01:03 PM   #35
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What is your dream trailer? I'll keep an eye out for you. I am NOT buying anymore (right now.)
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Congratulations! I absolutely love it, even the green on the inside. Happy trails,
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:53 PM   #37
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Hey Steve,
I wish the PO had used your leak detection service 20 or so years ago
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:08 AM   #38
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More Polishing

A couple quick pics from last night's efforts. This isn't really careful and detailed polishing, just getting a first pass using Nuvite 7.
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Beautiful trailer, Barry, and sure is going to polish up well.

I know I'm prejudiced because of mine, but isn't the shape on the mid fifties trailers just something special?

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A fantastic find! Did you spot the trailer and go knock on the parks door or did you see it for sale, how did it happen? Just curious !![IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Chris/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-26.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Chris/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-27.jpg[/IMG]
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A couple quick pics from last night's efforts. This isn't really careful and detailed polishing, just getting a first pass using Nuvite 7.

It's looking good Barry. Are you using the Nuvite with a compounder, or a Cyclo, right now?
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Pure luck. I was at a local RV dealer getting some generic part and started talking Airstreams with one of the sales people and they said they had an old one "out back" so being the curious sort, I asked to see it. Well, it was love at first site! After a couple weeks of kicking tires and negotiations, I bought it and brought it home. And no, they don't have any more
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