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Old 01-22-2009, 01:12 AM
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Don't do it!

Airstream trailers have been clear coated since 1964 and not one of them will last very long.
If you read anything above, you most probably noted that these ceramic coatings we've been talking has been developed like 40 years later than the moment you talk about... and do you seriously thing than Maybach and Rolls-Royce would use some clear coat which would suck like that?!

Also comments about polishing: polishing is fine, but this thread was about coating the polished plane.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybach
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_(car)
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:50 PM
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I looked at the archives on Clearcoating over polished aluminum and found this thread the most helpful. Still, I have a new question for you painters and you polishers.

I am beginning to paint my RV-4 something like an old Swift with part painted fuse and part polished aluminum. I'm putting no paint at all on the underside of the wings and fuse. I am in the middle of a Nuvite polish job (C then S) and once it's finished, be ready to paint the parts I want color on.

Here's the thing....a local artist is going to do tail art for me and he (almost) insists on clearcoating his work after. He claims that there is an Italian clearcoat (Vist**** somthing or other) he did over his bosses entire polished plane that is very flexible and it is totally durable and won't crack or yellow. This saves the coarse edges of clearcoat just over the art, and on a partially painted plane, the coarse edge where the paint meets the aluminum and stops. He wants me to just clear the whole plane once he is done and the paint is on where I want it.

Any thoughts? Should I just protect the art with clear and live with the edges and the routine polishing of the bare surfaces?

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Old 10-09-2009, 02:54 PM
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Bugs will stick to anything, regardless on how slick it is!
Too bad there aren't any clear bugs
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Old 10-09-2009, 03:01 PM
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If there was a good way of applying a clearcoat over polished aluminum that both lasted long enough and looked as good as bare polished aluminum on an aircraft, there would probably be thousands of plane owners doing it already
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I am new here so if this is a repeat please forgive me.

It's is a clear product put on by hand. Extends the life of the polish job.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:27 AM
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Jerry, welcome aboard the good ship VAF
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:30 AM
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Default Look at Don Shorts RV

Should talk to Don Short, his RV is the one on the vans calendar with the girl putting on lipstick using his polished tail. Dons RV-7 is a combo of metallic paint and polished aluminum all covered with clearcoat. It has been flying for 7 years and still looks great, he can explain the process he used and it was a lot of work and took quite a while to finish.
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Any thoughts? Should I just protect the art with clear and live with the edges and the routine polishing of the bare surfaces?
That's what I would do.

You can polish the aluminum right up to the edge of the paint (or clearcoat) and even run the polisher over the paint to make sure you get all the aluminum. This will leave a grey or black haze at the edge of the paint, but that will wipe off with a rag moistened with some mineral spirits. Works with paint or vinyl decals.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:39 PM
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Default Polished protection

Call Stewart Systems. They have clear material that they claim will resist SS exhaust discoloration, protect paint and release bugs. Might be your answer for Aluminum ??
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