Originally Posted by balrgn
I love the way the Airstreams shine to a mirror finish! However, the plasticoat finish is in good shape on my Trade Wind. I have a couple of 6" buffers from past restoration projects (62 Impala, 58 Cast 310). The Plasticoat is a little dull but not lifted. Should I compound or wax the unit? Will the 6" work well enough or should an investment be made to purchase a Cyclo Dual Head Polisher?
You do not need a cyclo polisher to shine up the clear coat.
I did a buff job on the remaining clear coat on my 1971 Tradewind when I first got it.
I used a slow speed automotive style buffer, ( slow speed is key here....)
and a 3m waffle typ foam pad with some very mild liquid compound from 3m to buff the clearcoat. It came out looking very nice. Then, apply wax or Walbernize and buff again, this time with a wool pad. It's basically like doing a 2 stage wax job on a car.
It will look nicer if you tape off ( blue masking tape) protruding things like marker lights and letters etc. The buffer tends to sling polish around a bit, and that is hard to remove from areas where it does not belong.