Originally Posted by dbj216
I followed Becky's lead and polished our 86 some years ago. I call it a poor man's method of refinishing an old Airstream with faded clearcoat.
Becky didn't tell me about water spotting, bird dropings, hazing, swirl marks, and hail damage. A polished Airstream is more maintenance than one with a mill finish and clearcoat. Every blimish sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm betting that is why Airstream went with a mill finish and clearcoat way back in the 60s.
I have found that a polymer sealant like Nu Finish works for me. It lasts a bit longer than wax, and I don't get the haze from the wax quite a bad. It does help repel the dew and rain water spots.
Nuvite polish residue is a bear. I have not found a good way to remove it. Corn starch and micorfiber towel gets some of it. Otherwise just leave it as polished for a few months. I found that Windex will remove some water spots if you catch them early. It does seem to "wear off" after a while.
Then I apply the Nu Finish with my Cyclo.
Sorry I didn't tell you about all the bad sides of the polish job....you're right, it's a lot of maintenance! But it's also a lot of beauty -- especially a 34 footer! I've downsized the polishing to just 17' so I've go a lot less to polish!
I've found that clean up goes very fast with mineral spirits on a VIVA paper towel. Viva doesn't leave scratch marks on your polish & the mineral spirits cut right through the leftover black stuff round rivets & in seams. Make doubly sure you wax, with whatever you choose to wax with, before you finish up for the day, because you'll take any wax from the Nuvite with your clean up with mineral spirits!