Saturday, April 26, 2008

you can't teach a redneck, ya gotta learn him....

I do not mean to disparage anyone. I made the statement in my last posting that Diamond Brite, the product used by Rob Baker and Mark the AirstreamGuy was junk. Well Rob was not too happy with that and wanted to set the record straight. It was his belief that I was spinning the polisher too fast and that the Nuvite was not as good as his beloved Diamond Brite Tool Box Polish. He claimed that he had to learn me...

From out of nowhere, Rob pulls up with Sophia in tow. Now that is a much nicer trailer than Tommy Silva brings to the jobs he visits. Just like on Ask This Old House, a professional was dropping in to lend a hand and help a lost viewer, or listener as is my case.

A small dab of the Diamond brite on a wool pad. He then rubbed it without the tool running to cover a square foot area. He then made even passes back and forth


As slow as you can go with the tool... even passes as slow as you can go until the shine is there. 3 minutes per square foot. The Nuvite took much longer to achieve that.


So in about 2 hours, Rob had the whole trailer looking like this. No, this after about 20 hours now of work. I have done nothing on the curb side and the roof is finished right down the middle. The Diamond Brite has defininetly made the job a lot faster. Once again... Rob, you were right. Thank you for learning me.

This is the panel under the salon windows. I suspect this was a repair patch because of the color of the aluminum is much more blue than the rest of the panels. It might be due to the fact that it has oxidized much more deeply than any other area. It also has a corner that over laps the panel above it. It should be the other way around. This panel is much thicker than the other skin panels and the belly pan is an overlaping panel too. When I attempted to shine it, it would not. and it has deep sanding marks in it. Next winter when the interior skins come out up front, I will replace this with new 2024 T3. There is no hope in trying to rescue this one.

3 comments:

Tim Shephard said...

Frank Frank Frank...

Don't fool yourself. Easier is not always better. Did you notice Rob's toolbox polished trailer compared to the nuvite trailers at the CBR? Sorry Rob! lol

Nuvite, the hard way lasts longer and easier to maintain....

Listen to theVAP episode the shiniest trailer on the planet..... twice!

Frank Yensan said...

My purpose for polishing is to make it all even. I like the pewter look over the shine.... I have to say that I cannot see any difference between the finished product produced by the Diamond Brite or the F7 Nuvite. The only differences I see are the material costs about 75% less and takes 75% less work to achieve the same results. I have listened to the shiniest trailer more than twice. Tim, remember, there is a difference between doing it right and being compulsive about what you do. Polishing into a mirror capable of going into the Hubbell Space telescope is not my goal.

Tim said...

yeah but don't you want to see it from Google Earth? LOL
keep up the good work.
Rob, you win another convert. Hehe