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Old 01-02-2013, 02:02 PM
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Hangin' out with Bernie...better watch yourself!

Looks fantastic Bob!
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:42 PM
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My hangar mates have a beautifully polished Sonex and I picked up some polishing tips from them. Use a small amount of the Nuvite, but spray your polishing wheel with mineral spirits. This renews the polish. I have polished selected areas of my -6A so I could apply the N-numbers and the wing walks, but the rest of it is still dull and shop-rashed. It's been more fun to fly it after more than a decade to build it! I have more money than time (actually not much of that either), so maybe my good friend Dave will polish mine for me and I will buy him lunch.
Not this year, Jim. But you can buy me lunch any time.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:59 PM
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Bob,

Try Cornstarch and a microfiber towel to clean after the S finish.

I did not like using Mineral spirits because it would flash the shine.

Cornstarch is the solution and it does not smell as bad.

Crack the box open and pour all over and rub in. Then use a clean
microfiber to clean up.

You will be amazed at the results.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:24 PM
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Bob, once again I have to give you credit. There is just something about a polished plane...

I can't look at one anymore without thinking of a sign I saw at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends meeting back in '07. It was on Quicksilver, a beautiful P-51. It said, "The bare metal on this P-51D is polished. Look closely into the metal. You will see for whom our veterans fought."

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:19 PM
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.... In that black and polished finish, will ALWAYS be one of the finest looking 51s. I never see a P-51 I don't like, but Quicksilver is special in terms of appearance.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:07 AM
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Try Cornstarch and a microfiber towel to clean after the S finish.
I used Gold Medal flour (gotta support the local industry) in a baggie with a microfiber cloth...shake....rub.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:58 PM
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I used Gold Medal flour (gotta support the local industry) in a baggie with a microfiber cloth...shake....rub.

Bob,
Sounds like you are getting ready for the POG in OSH.
Just add chicken.

Had to do it.

Enjoy the polishing. It will look great.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:38 AM
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All the stripes are made from high quality vinyl. They have held up well and still look like new after five years....including multiple polishings right over the top of them.
I wanted to follow up with this...so you can continue re-polishing the aluminum without fear of damaging the vinyl? Do you have to take special precautions...can you continue to use powered polishers/buffers?

I'm more and more inclined to do what you did, polished Al with some accent marks.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 AM
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How do the little dents and dings from building (in my case any way) look when they're polished? Do they look like polished dents and dings, or do they fade more into the shine?
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:12 PM
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Thanks for this thread Bob. I had honestly not considered polishing until I saw Jim's plane pic in the thread.

@Jim -- Absolutely stunning! I am very impressed. Considering I am not planning to paint right away, I love what you have done as an option to the bare unfinished look I had planned on for my first year.
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