As you can see, the airstream was in pretty bad shape when we first bought it. It’s been so long since I’ve seen this picture I forgot how much work has actually been done to the body. The picture below is of the same area. It really is amazing what’s underneath all that oxidation and damage.
|Soon the entire airstream will look like this!|
First I used aircraft stripper to remove the clear coat. I picked some up at auto zone and purchased some brushes to apply. Use heavy duty rubber gloves to protect yourself when you brush it on. After it bubbles up spray it off (I used a pressure washer). Once the clear coat is removed it’s ready for buffing. I used a 7” buffing pad on a rotary polisher with Nuvite F7 polishing compound. I tried multiple compounds and stand by Nuvite 100%. Nuvite is a little $$ but a little goes a long way and personally I believe it to be at least 3x as affective then other brands on the market. Next you’ll need a Cyclo orbital polisher. It’s the only way to remove the swirl marks left by the 7” buffing pad. I purchased mine used on craiglist.
To clean the black residue left behind by the polishing compound add 2 ounce (+or-) of vinegar in a spray bottle mixed with water. Spray the area and use a microfiber towel. For tuff spots use terry cloth but be carful because terry cloth will leave scratches. The best way I found to remove residue is to cover the Cyclo buffer with the microfiber cloth. It works really well and is quicker than doing it by hand. Here is a list of what I used:
Buffing pad: Presta Double or single sisded BLACK wool cutting pad
Buffing pad attachment: Quick connect adapter
Nuvite polish: F7 cut and finish with S
Terry cloth and Microfiber cloth