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Old 08-25-2005, 11:01 PM   #241
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I decided to polish during the week, while I am on vacation,so that if I find any small dings I can tap them out.On the weekend I have my wife to rivet.I actually got her to take two sick days this week to install two streetside windows.I've been polishing for two weeks and still haven't finished the front end.Kind of got obsessed with it.
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I decided to polish during the week, while I am on vacation,so that if I find any small dings I can tap them out.On the weekend I have my wife to rivet.I actually got her to take two sick days this week to install two streetside windows.I've been polishing for two weeks and still haven't finished the front end.Kind of got obsessed with it.
What polishing system are you using? How do you like the results?
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:09 PM   #243
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I am using Nuvite F9 F7 and S.The F9 still takes about 20 passes with the drill to clean up the pitting in the front curved panels.I bought a cyclo but spend much more time with the compuonding.
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I am using Nuvite F9 F7 and S.The F9 still takes about 20 passes with the drill to clean up the pitting in the front curved panels.I bought a cyclo but spend much more time with the compounding.
Greg, if you have an old pitted panel you took from the trailer, then try wet sanding with 1000 or finer paper before polishing. It worked on severe pits on the front of the 63. I used 400, then 1000, then 1600(?) or something very fine from the auto paint supply. It was Japanese sand paper I think, I forget the brand name. It worked great for me, but I did try it on an old panel first.
Then use the F7 on it to get a shine back.
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:28 PM   #245
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I did expreimenting with wet sanding and found it easier to stick with the Nuvite F9.Also like to try to leave as much alclad on as possible.This pitting was severe and I did the best I could with it.I'm done the top front now and was cyclo polishing the new front panel today.It needed several passes as some road salt got to it last winter (yikes).I did half of the top back end last year and pitting not as severe.So I am well on my way.We are going to do a big wash of the interior as it still smells of mold and then we will start putting inside in.
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Old 08-26-2005, 04:53 AM   #246
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just out of curiosity, are you guys planning on storing your trailers indoors once you get the polishing done? i'm just trying to figure out how soon i need to get that barn project going. :-) i wish i had it NOW!

i'm looking forward to seeing pics!

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I hope to have a barn next summer.
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:27 AM   #248
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I'm building a pole barn with two stalls.

I am a polish/no sand paper user as well. Course I've been lucky in that the three trailers I've had to polish all came from the southwest.

Uwe we started our projects about the same time and at times I was ahead, however, you now have pulled so far ahead there is no catching up. Congradulations on a really great job. This weekend I'll finish a few undone details securing the shell to the floor/frame, finish the car cord and get everything prepped for its first trip out of the barn since I started this whole project - to the welding place that will replace the axle (thanks a bunch Uwe), and springs. I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel too!

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Ah, another "milestone" project finished: the cork flooring
Creampuff was kind enough to lend a hand today, which made this entire install a breeze. His carpentry skills came in very handy while cutting in around the wheel wells and several other obstructions, like the brake actuator, the water heater, and the bath tub.
I promise to post pics soon.
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Cannot wait to see the pictures...........

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just out of curiosity, are you guys planning on storing your trailers indoors once you get the polishing done? i'm just trying to figure out how soon i need to get that barn project going. :-) i wish i had it NOW!

i'm looking forward to seeing pics!

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My trailer will be stored in my warehouse. Right now my warehouse looks more like a trailer shop, actually.
I own an old forklift, which I use to move the trailer when it gets in the way. It takes just a few minutes to move it out on the back parking lot.
If it is not in teh way of business, then it stays put. I installed a 30A RV outlet so I can plug it in and keep things charged. I used to store my Tradewind in this warehouse, until we decided to try RV storage.
It's very nice to be able to look after your trailer whenever you want, and keep the windows open etc. when stored indoors.
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Here are a few pictures that show the progress from the last few weeks.
Somehow the camera flash makes the paint look different than what it really is. We used a silver metallic glaze to sponge paint over the white coat.
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Old 08-27-2005, 10:18 AM   #253
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Wow...looks like you are making some good progress! Hopefully you'll be back to camping in it soon...we missed you this year at the RM VAC Rally ~

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Is that cork flooring? Could you please add a picture of the flooring showing the face of it close up?
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Fantastic!

What type of silver paint did you use? It all looks great - I can imagine the birch or maple in there too!
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I'm building a pole barn with two stalls.

I am a polish/no sand paper user as well. Course I've been lucky in that the three trailers I've had to polish all came from the southwest.
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FYI : I have found HEAVY METAL course (red) to be a superior compounding material than the others for quickly cutting moderate oxidation to a good shine with minimal swirling. A follow-up with their medium (green) brings up a very exceptable shine than can be easy Cyclo'd to a mirror finish.
As some of you may know, Uwe and I have started a small refurbishing sideline business called TRAILERWORX , mainly servicing So. Cal. and we are now Heavy Metal dealers for anyone who needs material. PM either one of us if you need some.
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I wish you both well in your indevors - if you are anything like others whom I've known to do the same thing, you will be VERY busy.

Uwe - does that cork fllooring come in snap together panels similar to pergo? One of your pictures with some holding a section makes it look like it does.

Really like the look of your interior

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Uwe - does that cork fllooring come in snap together panels similar to pergo? One of your pictures with some holding a section makes it look like it does.

Really like the look of your interior

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Ken;
I'll answer that, as Uwe is in Memphis at a music trade show. Yes the flooring is what is known as 'click-down' which gives you really nice tight joints. It turned out really nice - the photos don't really do it justice as the color is richer.
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Is that cork flooring? Could you please add a picture of the flooring showing the face of it close up?
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This is where we ordered it, and also the style that we ordered.
http://www.diyflooring.com/item_2971...wick/item.html
This company sends samples for shipping money. We bought 5 or more samples to find what we liked. None of the pictures do it justice.
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Looks fantastic!How many square feet of flooring did you need?
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