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crabandy 10-04-2021 11:04 PM

Depends on your level of OCD……

Don’t care who you are but fingerprints on any state of polish is maddening, everyone just wants to touch it.

Had mine polished up decently about 4 years ago, haven’t had time to keep it up. Sits outside on overnights, underneath Pine trees, IFR clouds and rain, bird poop is way worse than finger prints…….

Since my first polish with all the Nuvite steps I’ve spent about the same amount of time as I would a painted airplane trying to touch up the polish. Denatured alcohol mixed with distilled water and a couple drops of soap and “S” polish do wonders, much like a good spray and wax for paint.

It doesn’t look like it did with a fresh polish, but after a wipe down with the above solution it’s still not half bad. I keep thinking a 10’ polish job is easier to acquire and maintain than a 10’ paint job.

Polishing is a learning process, I’ld really like a little down time to re-polish everything again……..

rv6ehguy 10-05-2021 07:29 AM

There’s a saying amongst pilot/owners of polished aircraft
 
You own a polished airplane once. They’re great to look at. A polished airplane will turn heads on the ramp. I owned a 1958 C172 with original paint for ten years. It took close to 3 years to bring the aluminum back to life and another 7 years to maintain that lustre and shine. Rain and morning dew will become your enemy and you will almost certainly require a hangar to stay ahead of the game plus you can’t polish in the blazing sun. What ever you decide, good luck.
John Van Lieshout
RV6A QB 85% (and every inch will be painted!)

Mel 10-05-2021 07:48 AM

I polished my Globe Swift one time. Only one time!

BruceW 10-05-2021 01:48 PM

Standard Nuvite method.
First Nuvite C with rotary, then Nuvite S with double Cyclo tool.

May have started with something stronger on the first go around.
Others were asking on other threads; I painted first then polished around.
Used a vinyl mask for the future polish areas. Yes, the stripes are painted.


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