It is obvious that I have not been very busy working on the Airstream. Yes, life goes on and there are too many distractions.
However, I have not lost my zeal to complete this monumental project .
I have been doing some research and strategic planning to aid in the future tasks.
The goal of a finished project in mind requires one to plan a few steps in advance.
The outside of the Airstream was stripped of every accessory for cleaning and repair. The placards (like the one pictured above) were removed along with the lights and window drip caps.
My aim was to repair/replace any broken or obsolete items with new parts. All items would later be reattached on a "polished" clean surface using methods that would inhibit leaks. As this process proceeded I must say that "I was sidetracked!"
Let's face it -
I became obsessed with polishing the Airstream!
As I polished a little here and a little there it became apparent that the Airstream would look great once the surface was completely polished. Anyway it would be easier to replace the items onto a clean surface.
Once I started I just could not stop!
One polish (first cut) was not enough so I had to do a second polish (second cut) to make it look better. And of course a third polishing was necessary to satisfy the eyes.
Polishing is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work.
I tried several methods of polishing.
Airstream metal of this vintage does not polish evenly with equal effort.
Polishing the top was very rough going due to its constant exposure to the sun.
The end caps are stretched aluminum and were tougher to polish.
The sides were easiest to polish to a brilliant shine.
My Airstream was badly pitted, oxidized and scratched in places.
It is 59 years young and I am sure that it had never been polished since new.
The task at times was daunting but became a satisfying endeavor.
Several products and methods were used to successfully polish my Airstream.
I had the best experience using Zephyr polishing products
The shine is not perfect but I think it looks great.
I have since added some additional polishing effort to satisfy the eye.
I did not count the hours but it took over 3 weeks work to make it shine!