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Old 06-20-2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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polishing progress

hey everyone i was just checking in to tell how the progress for my airstream trailer is going. ive got it about 60% done and it it both tough and somewhat expensive for what im using(MOTHERS polish @ $7 for 10oz can). Im soo fed up with this door handle of mine grrrr( i got locked in because some gust of wind thought it would be funny.) oh bty how old do you think I am aprox? It will suprise you and its just for fun

I love this mirror finish.
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:41 PM   #2
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How ever old you are (16?) you have produced some lovely shininess with all that hard work. Over half done!
Good luck and keep the pictures coming!
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Mothers is a very fine polish. You'll get better (faster) results with some nuvite. It is more expensive than Mothers, but maybe not in the long run because you'll use less getting the result you want. Here are some websites I suggest you study up on if you haven't already.

My trailer had been polished a few years before I got it and was still in fair condition. After I got it I used Nuvite C, then went to Mothers for the final polish because it was cheaper. One of these days I may try the fine grade of Nuvite. Keep at it, experiment with less and more polish, I'm told that most people use too much.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:01 PM   #4
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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Ya I think you are older too....You're head is cut off, so perhaps that means you are secretly 'balding'???
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:39 PM   #6
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ah come on, do I really look that old!!!???
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:42 AM   #8
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I too have been using Mothers with success particularly with hand polishing in the tight corners and trim edges, etc. Nano Polish is good for that too. However, Nuvite is best for the large areas with the buffer.

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I too have been using Mothers with success particularly with hand polishing in the tight corners and trim edges, etc. Nano Polish is good for that too. However, Nuvite is best for the large areas with the buffer.

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Be advised that after all your hard work and effort to have a shiny Airstream, your work has just begun.

If the trailer is close to salt water, then you must wax it once a "week."

If the trailer is more than about 50 miles from salt water, then you must wax it only once every "month."

If you don't wax it, the shine will soon disappear.

Or, after your done shining, you can plasticoat (clearcoat) the trailer. That will last 3 to 5 years, depending on the climate.

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Be advised that after all your hard work and effort to have a shiny Airstream, your work has just begun.

If the trailer is close to salt water, then you must wax it once a "week."

If the trailer is more than about 50 miles from salt water, then you must wax it only once every "month."

If you don't wax it, the shine will soon disappear.

Or, after your done shining, you can plasticoat (clearcoat) the trailer. That will last 3 to 5 years, depending on the climate.

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Thanks, Andy. I spent a week a little bit ago cleaning and waxing our convertible (tow vehicle). It is now next to the Trade Wind. Suddenly the Trade Wind isn't shinier than the car. My retirement time is largely spent trying to keep 'things' equal .......... Oh, well I guess I could get a job...NOT.

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Old 06-21-2007, 04:37 PM   #11
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Thanks, Andy. I spent a week a little bit ago cleaning and waxing our convertible (tow vehicle). It is now next to the Trade Wind. Suddenly the Trade Wind isn't shinier than the car. My retirement time is largely spent trying to keep 'things' equal .......... Oh, well I guess I could get a job...NOT.

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Yes, but if you get a job, then you won't have time to worry about the trailer.

Best job I have heard of lately, is sitting under a tent, in a nice soft chair, counting only the waves over 25 feet high, while drinking a Mai Tai, on Wakiki Beach.

I understand it's a very demanding job. Hours 10 AM to Noon, every other day, rain or shine.

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ill tell you my age in 6 guesses and thanks for the info. I have since then polished the outstanding corner and whoa, i need sunglasses
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ill tell you my age in 6 guesses and thanks for the info. I have since then polished the outstanding corner and whoa, i need sunglasses
You age is easy.

And, you do have an old Airstream, since it's older than you.

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Old 06-23-2007, 06:23 PM   #14
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first of all scap what i just said. ...15... and I see what you mean by needing wax.(the first part is already reoxidizing) bo who. Any cheap sugestions fo wax.
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first of all scap what i just said. ...15... and I see what you mean by needing wax.(the first part is already reoxidizing) bo who. Any cheap sugestions fo wax.
You can try NuFinish car wax.

But I'm afraid its reoxidizing so quickly because you are not getting a deep enough polish. You need to looking to compouding with a wool pad and some good grades of Nuvite or Rolite to reshape the aluminum and round out the pits.
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