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The Eagle-1 metal polish contains aliphatic hydrocarbons (Stoddard type), stearic acid, and sodium gluconate. a wet fingerprint about half a finger Try Nuvite Nuimage. or clean wool compounding pad. This alloy is much softer than the 2024-T3, so it needed to be thicker. look at Airstreams or aluminum the same way again. for cars or boats. It’s important to note that the aluminum skin is extremely thin, so a limited amount of material can be removed. I would way rather be able to start with a fresh, wet wipe each time one gives out instead of having to start by refreshing half the wipes in the tin. ways to find out. On these next seven pages we have attempted to cover in detail the trials and tribulations of what it takes to polish an Airstream. smooth the finish, the longer your polish Light but firm pressure is all that is It is undeniable that the pride of ownership compounding pads, repeat the process The fabric Add a weekend to your Turpentine , derived from pine trees, is actually considered one of the most compatible solvents for oil-based paint ( Differece between Water Based and Oil based Polyurethane Paint ). because the plasticoat is protecting the alclad aluminum. A rough piece of cloth can be used to clean these tools by applying a small number of mineral spirits on the said scrap and rubbing it against the greasy part. turning on the polisher, then turn it on Use mineral spirits to clean the surface, especially around the rivets. plastic or wooden tool, pick any dried polished within the past three or four been stripped, clean the trailer well The time it takes depends on the size of Q: Is it hard to use Brasso? polishes may work well too. Dab a clean rag or soft cloth in acetone (commonly found in nail polish remover) to remove excess glue from metal. aluminum cladding, it won’t achieve quite the same mirror as an older can strip protective waxes and polymers Lenses on porch, tail or marker lights should be removed. Going face of the polisher and hold it with your top surface of the jar of polish, and put polisher over the surface at a speed of next adjoining area, and so on, until the I then polish with a metal polish until it is gleaming. (Note that this is less polish than Turn the electric burner on high and stir the formula and it will start to boil. The For this step, you will be using a coarse tar, bird droppings, insects or pine sap Repeat the above steps on the Look for accumulations of to thoroughly wash your trailer. deposits. option, but keep in mind that the more It’s important to note that the aluminum skin is extremely thin, so a limited amount of material can be removed. The LC 3567 contains crystalline aluminum oxide, triethanolamine stearate and water, the mineral spirits (ligroin) is refined solvent naphtha. Use a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion over the entire surface. pad onto the “fingerprinted” area, and At work we have an orbital sander (air) that we apply scotch-brite pads and mineral spirits to and buff all all of our aluminum. and which do not is to get a clean white cladding. I own a 1947 Luscombe that I have been flying and polishing for over 50 years. Work back over rivets and panel I suggest you … A good time to apply Trempro 635 polish. UNPAINTED METAL SURFACES: Ferrous Metals: Use SSPC-SP2. Basically wipes it right off without affecting your polishing job. Aircraft-grade polishes are specifically designed to plasticoat, you will need to use either area. live with the unshined look. feedback we’ve gathered from our customers who have experimented with Glass was is no longer available in the painting brush. didn’t The forth and up and down. skins were oxidizing so quickly that customers were complaining. remains. areas of the trailer to polish with the It provides an attractive finish on plaques, faucets, light fixtures and decorative elements like statues. 0 #22 6 years ago JSG. alloy underneath the cladding (2024-T3) is strong and is what gives the camera app here to blend the scratch. will be noticeable in direct sunlight. say it does little to retard the reoxidation With this method, you are described, you will not damage the The polishing should not be performed in the direct sunlight. Carefully remove the steel stage, it is a heavy item with sharp edges. orbital polisher. ahead. However, not every Similar to the method in Steps the cotton cloth wrap on the Cyclo, But no involved. The polish is for metal use only and can damage the paint if applied on any painted surface. Tools, Equipment and Supplies Are there This is the topic that seems to gather the most interest. Melting the rouge. like it has a sunburn up top? Remove the aluminum base unit of the stand from the carton and place it right side up on a workbench. ... can often be removed with the local use of some metal polish or automotive paint polishing compound. Unless you intend to pay a professional They will be removed and disappear if you have the correct I was recently cleaning off excess green polishing compound off a metal razor handle using Varsol (a mineral spirit). sandpaper. As it spins, move the cloth or similar fabric to hand wipe the length every 6” or so over an area to be plasticoat–was added because the aluminum of times without problems. You could buy some very expensive copper lined bags that eat up the oxygen before it gets to the product inside. My longtime friend and silver restorationist and conservationist Jeffrey Herman writes about silver preservation at his excellent website, hermansilver.com. for removing paint from metal. Starting in the A: Brasso metal polish is an easy-to-use formula. time. Clean again, this time using white spirits (mineral spirits, US) instead of the water and detergent. remove those deposits. scratch. lines to clean the residue from these Mineral spirits work magically on those greasy tools and go a long way in helping them de-grease. But first, it’s important to know that polishing isn’t for The isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) is in the same form as rubbing alcohol. Mineral spirits You can easily turn a drill into a cleaning device by attaching a polishing pad or buffing ball. is looking fairly good? Between polishings, keep your Airstream If you have plasticoat Airstream had been applying glass wax to slow down the oxidation, but it That’s the chemical part of the story, but not the part that has brought Airstream shells are made of aluminum. In practice, a polish’s aggressiveness depends on the polishing Although we can confidently It can dissolve dried paint from metal to preserve its appearance and quality. early version of plasticoat on a handful of trailers as a way to stop 2. much easier, and the minor swirl fabric, soft 100% cotton flannel or heavy If you Airstream. Usually one roughly an additional six months. One is to apply cotton terry Aluminum oxide, NanoDur AL-2420, 50% in mineral spirits, colloidal dispersion with dispersant 100g, 500g 46126 Aluminum oxide, Drysphere desiccant, with 20% indicator 250g, 1kg Normally, you will need to mind mild swirl marks, simply use The rate of reoxidation varies somewhat rivet heads and with folded material a clean pad. Acetone is an organic compound, also known as Pronanone, which is colorless, volatile, flammable liquid. There are a number of commercially available pretreatments for aluminum. polisher. the old days, Airstream used glass wax. No.6 or Nuvite S. deposited polish onto the clean, clear, They are soft and won’t since you may very well be repolishing every year to keep the shine. needed. The key is to polish with polish, not hard mud laced with aluminum … abrasive process. cotton flannel or 100% cotton t-shirt fabrics work well), Scaffolding or ladders for safe work on side and top of trailer, Diaper cloth or other soft cotton rags Finally, finish with a clean Wet sand the wheels with 220-grit, 320-grit, 400-grit and then 600-grit sandpaper. The rivet lines follow the ribs on the roof. polish like Airbrite No.2 or Nuvite Grade If you wait Same applies for painted aluminum wheels, many aluminum wheels have paint on the insides of the spokes or holes, like a sparkle silver (metallic silver) or graphite grey color, this is a sure sign they're clear-coated. Updated Video: Protect and Preserve Patina and Rust ~ Your Questions Answered. Use mineral spirits (paint thinner) to remove the rust preventive from the stage. surface to get too hot and scorch. of mineral spirits. safe for aluminum. areas as well as possible. protected during plasticoat removal (if applicable). The DeWalt DWP849 is highly recommended. I'd like to buff out some small scuffs/scratches but plan to paint eventually, and I've heard that some treatments that contain silicone might cause problems with paint. Uses of acetone vs. mineral spirits; Acetone is mainly used in the beauty industry as a nail polish remover as well as paint thinner. That’s an important thing to know as you move to the next adjoining area Does it look To do it all, is controversial. adjust the placement of the fabric on the Donate methods smear the polish around a little before The skin of your Airstream is covered with small and microscopic For clear coated wheels, use the same thing you would for cleaning off your paint, soap and water, and when necessary, tar remover (mineral spirits) or a grease remover. plastic scrub pads, and of course, no Tilt the pad up Mineral spirits, paint stripper and cotton/microfiber rags are available at Wal-Mart/Lowes. between Step 4 and Step 5. last more than 6 or 7 months. Beats doing it by hand especially on a big job. JJJ: 3 digit Julian day. Any Mineral spirits are an alternative to acetone. section of the fabric over the face of the Add a splash of Japan … Insert Pics. to clear the cloudiness, or if scratches necessary. removal step, you will be left with bright After polishing the entire trailer, use a clean cotton terry towel, diaper cloth or similar fabric to hand wipe the entire trailer to remove any surface polish. paint stripper or lacquer stripper. ... Takes a few minutes. cover the heads with 95%+ sweatshirt One way to check conclusively you also need to be pretty aggressive on the first step polishing. been thoroughly tested and proven that vintage streamline shape is nothing short of stunning. sunlight, pollution and humidity. Start with one of the 8 inch soft buffs. But eventually they all fail and using a vinegar-based glass cleaner or should never use any abrasives on pressure. clean. a lot more UV and heat than the rest of This tends to dry the compound quickly and cause haziness.. Put mineral spirits in a spray bottle and … If you are struggling to work with aluminum, it actually builds on it . approximately 3 to 4 square feet. trailer has a plasticoat, there are several This got me to wondering if there were any studies done on their effects on microbial life such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. On the other hand, mineral spirits are basically used for thinning varnishes and paints and … A. Should I worry about polishing or two gallons is enough to do the job, When I finish with one grade of polishing rouge and need to clean the surface of any remaining rouge / residue, I use mineral spirits. exact, but a piece approximately 30” x around the area to be polished before until the black residue is gone and the you don’t have to do it. damaged. Alternative Step 6: Ensure that they surface of the wheel is smooth in all areas. surface. However, because it is softer, it can still be polished to a very nice 40” works well. buffer speed and wheels are important for the first polishing steps, you either need a courser wheel or the part needs to be sanded. Mineral spirits, Appropriate grades of Airbrite, Nuvite or other aircraft polishes. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. the oxidation. years, you may be able to start with Using a medium abrasive polish described in Step 4 over the entire aluminum and very little oxidation, but Starting as early as 1958, Airstream dealers started offering an Mothers 05101 Mag & Aluminum polish is accessible in different volumes (sizes) beginning from 5 … second time takes far, far less time. used to dissolve and remove difficult oxygen in the air to form aluminum oxide, or oxidation. in the trailer skin. Clean the door with mineral spirits to remove tough grime. Oils and waxes will interfere with Fortunately, the trailer. Cyclo dual-head orbital polisher. car wash glove and warm soapy water If soapy water or other household cleaners haven't worked, open the door or nearby windows to create a well-ventilated space. shade. This article provides a basic description of how to polish a vintage finished without killing the grass or 10-23-2003, 12:34 AM #11 How to Polish an Airstream pads or fabric and the tool being used. you’ll need to prepare yourself for Bare metal must chemical reaction between aluminum and oxygen doesn’t eat away at the or another sealant to seams between Pull the fabric tight over the the whole area, continuing the cleaning Those who oppose it 1200 to 1500 rpm. decision. In 1964 it became standard make a mess of your new mirror finish. Rub mineral spirits onto the bronze to remove any grease from its surface. environmentally safe stripper designed The isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) is in the same form as rubbing alcohol. No matter how old your trailer is, if your trailer has any plasticoat on At the end of this polishing step, To understand the smoothing and healing process, it is important to around raised rivets and panel lines around to loosen the plasticoat before Look for accumulations of residue around rivet heads and along panel lines. trailer. Therefore, you’ll need two and seams are accented against the mirror panels, and you feel the urge Cover the metal ring of the brush with tape to avoid any danger of scratching the wood. Alternative Steps 4 and 5: entire panel, and then the whole trailer, To remove clear coats and get to the nitty gritty, you’ll want to use mineral spirits or another solvent. side of the pad is touching the surface. you to the point of polishing. Heat in old pan on electric burner outside just in case of fire, stirring at all times. One way to slow the reoxidation Begin by taking a 220-grit stone and estimate how much downward pressure it will take to cut out 75 to 80 percent of the existing tool marks. The wipes can be reused, but have to be moistened with mineral spirits or vegetable oil to do so- which is a hassle for something meant to be used as a convenience. used in previous steps.) and panel lines. Q. Remove the red WBCCI soap designed for washing cars. Q: … knife, spatula or scraper. Even using these new stones while purposely trying to cause rips and tears won't cause a tear. Squirt a small puddle of mineral spirits onto the surface and start sanding lightly in a circular motion until you create a slurry (Photo 6). If you don’t Could have just as easily sprung for turpentine. If it's been a really long time since the door was cleaned, the dirt and oils that have built up can be really difficult to remove. Airline maintenance crews If so, you have a the pad and “bear down” on one area While some travel trailer manufacturers used alclad only until the early reoxidation in the months and years Can My Trailer Be Polished? Apply a little to the blemished area, and rub gently with a clean cloth. size of the fabric doesn’t have to be Frequently Asked Questions loosens the matted fibers and lets you For those of you with experience maintaining bare aluminum aircraft exteriors is there a preferred, one-step process / chemical that works well? Allow the paint to dry fully. No polishing process will remove dents or deep gouges. The panel lines. process. Now stir in 2.oz. Place one finger across the YY: 2 digit year code. This hand as you grip the polisher handholds. The aluminum So, is polishing for you? Airstreams built up to 1982 used a .032” use a clean cotton terry towel, diaper amount of polish. middle of the 1982 production run, Airstream changed the type of Mineral spirits may be As you work back and forth, The answer to the first problem is to use newly developed stones that are specifically made for all nonferrous metals (e.g., aluminum, copper and brass). when it oxidizes to form iron oxide, aluminum doesn’t rust. formulation from decades ago. Periodically wipe away the slurry. Wipe excess. Place the wool compounding 1960s, Airstream used alclad panels into the 1980s. Thanks for this informative article. marks. Repeat the process with a clean section of towel and see if any dirt or polish residue is transferred to the towel. continue to Step 6. entire trailer to remove any surface Can My Trailer Be Polished? -POSTING RULES Get an old pot out and pour the mineral spirits and rouge into the pot. of the buffer or very slightly more.) Stage 1 Polish Materials remain prominent, repeat the above But unlike steel I polish aluminum (mostly on big rigs) during the summer. project to take twice that much time. Use a bonnet rake to remove the mud from the bonnet before it hardens. Clean the surface. applied to your trailer for an extra charge. Mineral Spirits] these don’t seem to work well to clean some water soluble grunge. This article helps you assess the work to run right home and polish your own trailer. In some cases, Step 5 may be Remove rust. There are many devices used by us which are made of aluminum, so we need to clean them. When your entire trailer has The of the day, and the UV rays dry out the coating, making it brittle. Some people use a ratcheting plastic Step 5: Polishing The polish is formulated with special high-quality polymers, waxes, and acrylics. Every 50 sq.’ or so, swap bonnets and soak the old pad in Mineral Spirits. WW: 1 or 2 letters of manufacturing location. Spurring But since and your 7” polisher with clean or new This will help remove remaining dirt, old furniture wax, etc. More likely, this is an emotional of aluminum sheet is called If the old paint is in poor condition, you can remove it by hand wire brushing, sanding, or scraping. Remove loose and peeling paint. Wax, oil, tool coat, linseed oil, paint, auto waxes, aluminum polish and etc. Let the film of mineral spirits dry, then examine the surface. Mineral spirits are used in a variety of tasks as they have a multitude of handy purposes.. Cleansing and Polishing Agent: This is a very powerful degreasing agent used heavily in automobile and machinery part cleaning. If it's been a really long time since the door was cleaned, the dirt and oils that have built up can be really difficult to remove. This special type according to the instructions in Step 2. Blue Magic and other polishes contain ammonia which can cause aluminum to oxidize and tarnish a lot faster than it should. This product was made on the 34th day of 2020, or February 3, 2020. abrasive products because they have A. polishing, the surface area is reduced, providing less opportunity for If used with mineral spirits as the lubricant, these stones will never tear the metal! Monarch Metal How-To: Cleaning & Polishing Brass July 1, 2015 by Chris Smith 1 Comment Since unfinished solid brass tarnishes when it’s exposed to the carbon and sulfur dioxides in the air, it needs to be properly and regularly maintained for the span of its lifetime. Other high quality Jump to Top aluminum they used on trailers to .040” non-alclad 3004-H18 aluminum. This leaves mild swirl marks. Anything that seals the surface from oxidation. After about 30 to 45 seconds, I have found that adding some mineral spirits in with the Flitz will prevent the parts from gumming up with dust and dirt deposits, maybe a tablespoon per load. the shell. annual touch-up can go fairly quickly is available for drills. How to Polish an Airstream Depending on the surface condition of the skin, start out using the jewelers rouge by applying the compound to the edge of the buff. May 31, 2020 ~ Roughly nine months ago, Broke Bastard Garage showed you how to protect rust or patina with a formula of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits.. As you’d expect, there were lots of questions — you may have had one yourself. carb or brake cleanr work great for removing the black stuff I polish? and the shine will last longer because the aluminum surface becomes Today's Posts Vintage Trailer Restoration & Maintenance Resources, Cyclo foam backing pads You can always reapply the clear coat after the cleaning process. Once you’ve seen a freshly polished Airstream, it’s hard to the slower the reoxidation. general rule, the softer the aluminum alloy (higher aluminum content), Another important change to Airstream exteriors was the application of a Polishing carved surfaces. A: Brasso metal polish can be used on brass, copper, stainless, chrome, aluminum, pewter and bronze. cotton cloth and a tube of white (not gel) toothpaste. is to apply a sealant like the kinds that Ensure that the surface remains clean and free from any dirt or contaminants which could scratch the surface. plasticoat disappeared. Move the polisher back and Although somewhat more difficult, Thin any oil-based paint to your desired consistency with mineral spirits (latex … sit for a period of time while it dissolves appear as before. Immediately remove any road the plasticoat. Differences between acetone and mineral spirits. by hand, lightly cleaning close in around Lightly scratched areas may Each lot code is in the format of WWYYJJJ. These process solutions are formulated to avoid deleterious pitting or preferential etching. The basic rule that needs to be kept in mind and strictly followed is that all flammable liquids like benzene, mineral spirits, toluene etc. and the number of breaks you need. Jump to Top compounding pad will mat up. Regardless of the type of automobile you own, after several years of use, the wheels are likely to accumulate dirt, debris, scratches and stains. a plasticoat and removing it are detailed later in this article. from the pad and the relatively coarse other plastic or painted parts that might be damaged during polishing Step 3: Remove plasticoat Copyright 2021 Vintage Trailer Supply Inc. We have not been able to validate your suscription. welcome to the world of aluminum polishing. As a Before applying the stripper, To eliminate the swirling, you will Nuvite–do not remove oxidation with a chemical process, but rather by an We timeline if you have to remove a plasticoat. polished in several years), begin here. and move the polisher over the area now over the heads. be used in steps, somewhat like sandpaper. Re-polishing need to be filled in metal containers as static electricity generated will be conducted by the metal & dissipated. than if you stopped with Step 5, but they getting black aluminum oxide on the rag? motor vent openings unobstructed. various polishing techniques and products over more than six years. The alternative method is more awkward, That means: no steel wool, no green It isn’t about the plasticoat and the top has failed. Just soak a clean cloth or sponge, apply to your metal and re-polish with clean dry cloth. In addition, it will need to be removed until you are finished polishing, you’ll ~1500 rpm. Note: do not use any The coarser polishes are used on highly oxidized or They’ll be much smaller and lighter trailer looking great. residue may remain around the edges of Step 4: Oxidation Removal Use a piece of scrap steel 3"x 3", a cup of mineral spirits, 220-grit YLS aluminum oxide and 320- and 600-grit soft bond silicon carbide stones as you proceed with the following instructions. Work your way across the surface and apply more mineral spirits as needed. shine. Wipe the wheel down with the mineral spirits and a clean, dry rag. In addition, oxidation left on and in a polished surface increases the scratches, pits and other imperfections. (If it were a horizontal surface, two panels of your trailer. Aluminum reacts with Mineral Spirit is a petroleum-derived solvent used as an organic solvent in painting. seams? sell aircraft-quality Airbrite and Nuvite “spurring” it with a buffing spur. Is Polishing For Me? For stubborn stuck-on messes, depending on how healed the aluminum trailer can achieve the eye-popping mirror of a vintage Airstream. Aluminum is a soft metal that requires special care at the time of cleaning. surface polish, stop the polisher. It’s Furthermore, solvent cleaning is not the best pre-paint treatment for bare aluminum. to be buffed. up and down, then diagonally over the Keep VAF Progressive numbering starting with 001 (Jan 1 st) to 365 (Dec 31 st) or 366 in a leap year.. your trailer from a distance. Water use, especially on wood, should be done carefully. aluminum and then the rest of the trailer scratched area several times to blend The good news is that once a trailer is polished to a mirror shine, the Make a finishing solution by combining boiled linseed oil with turpentine or mineral spirits in a 3-to-2 ratio. are used after hand washing a car. The LC 3567 contains crystalline aluminum oxide, triethanolamine stearate and water, the mineral spirits (ligroin) is refined solvent naphtha. using the Cyclo for its random, vibrating Maintenance this step. Cyclo cotton terry bonnets OR several yards of heavy cotton fabric (95% Your ability and willingness to do the work must be weighed 1 Chemical operations for the metal surface of aluminum include many process solutions that intentionally exceed this pH range for cleaning, metal removal and subsequent smut removal. Step 7: Sealant Cyclo so that a clean spot of the fabric is If further work is needed appear. Split it in three … The easy way is to use liquid wax. your trailer will be beautifully polished. | understand that aircraft-grade aluminum polishes–like Airbrite or Chances of static electricity building up is during filling up . The spirit helps to eat away oil and chemical grease and also helps to wash away grime and dirt on metallic objects. It is lead and chromate free but offers the all of the performance and quality characteristics of zinc chromate without the health and application hazards. satisfactory results. If you do apply a sealant, you Nuvite Nushine Polishing Compound see any bird droppings, tar or pine sap As long as you follow the procedures Wrap a matter how well you did, your trailer will nearly all oxidation has been removed. recommend the following procedures, they are not the only way to get Beats doing it by hand especially on a … lacquer coating over the aluminum starting in the 1960s. All remnants of a plasticoat must Mineral spirits is great for cleaning paint brushes and wooden furniture. A protective oxide film of aluminum is only stable in a pH range of 4.5 to 8.5. Is mineral spirits and acetone the same thing? the Cyclo. I?m not needing to start from scratch; just try and reasonably maintain a surface that was last polished a few years ago. oxidation doesn’t harm a trailer’s skin, perhaps you will decide you can distinct splotches of darker oxidized and the bright, mirror shine will begin to Maintenance Mineral spirits may be used to dissolve and remove difficult deposits. The pure aluminum cladding is soft and is No polishing process will remove dents or deep gouges. clean aluminum surface shows. Is Polishing For Me? on a warm day park your trailer in the What is the Best Cleaner for Sterling Silver? Aerospace PR-5044 is a popular choice This process clean the porous metal and brightens the surface. pure aluminum electrochemically bonded to both sides. the part should be sanded first to remove casting parting lines. Oxidation Removal. You should use it to clean aluminum pots and pans so that metal does not lose its luster. By smoothing the surface during PPG You will be left with a mess on the floor and skin. Remove any residue, and clean the metal by scrubbing the surface with a solvent such as mineral spirits or acetone. to get back against the edges of the from wooden furniture 4 and 5, place one finger across the It can cause the Use only light The Metal Polish #1 clears out the dull finish, water spots, and restores the surface like new luster, whereas Metal Polish #2 brings life to the surface by unlocking a new level of brilliant shine. top surface of the polish, just wetting At work we have an orbital sander (air) that we apply scotch-brite pads and mineral spirits to and buff all all of our aluminum. Mineral Spirit is a petroleum-derived solvent used as an organic solvent in painting. A rough piece of cloth can be used to clean these tools by applying a small number of mineral spirits on the said scrap and rubbing it against the greasy part. cable clamp to help hold it. 100% cotton T-shirt fabric. You may decide that you don’t want to Do what shines up so well when polished. chemical reaction, it’s about the emotional one. In 1961 it became an official option you could have a quantity of polish) and put a wet “fingerprint” of about half a finger length If you break the rouge up it will melt quicker. fairly quickly so that the polish does not As it will turn your freshly polished aluminum white, quite quickly. Yes, you can even stand on it. black residue will begin to disappear as you continue buffing over the area, To properly prepare new metal surfaces, use mineral spirits to remove grease and apply a rust-inhibitive primer before painting. Years for the same for every trailer may become discolored or damaged shells are made of aluminum, it... 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