Odd Jobs - Polishing.

Discussion in 'Maintenance Bay' started by Tom-D, Aug 12, 2018 at 12:39 PM.

  1. Tom-D

    Tom-D Taxi to Parking

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    A new project.
    It's just a simple old generic 66 172, but it sure looks great polished.
    Polishing as time allows.
     

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  2. Ryanb

    Ryanb Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    That’s a beauty, nice find Tom!
     
  3. tawood

    tawood Pattern Altitude

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    Looks great! How hard would that be to maintain? Does it stay polished like that for long?
     
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    ktup-flyer Pattern Altitude

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    Looks good! Now it's a never ending project to keep it that nice lol
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  5. Bell206

    Bell206 Line Up and Wait

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    Nice. But after one of my first "so you like airplanes" learning experiences as a punk ramp rat... we turned the hangar corner to a dull, naked B-23. Haven't much cared for shiny aluminum or the smell of Met-All since then.
     
  6. Jared V

    Jared V Filing Flight Plan

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    not bad. My 182 has been stripped to bare aluminum for a long time and I've thought about polishing. just not sure if it really fits the style.
     
  7. Morgan3820

    Morgan3820 Cleared for Takeoff

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    Curious, does anyone have any good idea of how much weight paint adds to a small plane?
     
  8. Lndwarrior

    Lndwarrior Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Yes, i do.

    it depends of course on the primer and paint, as well as the number of coats applied. On a small light sport plane like mine, final weight of paint can be in the range of 20 to 30 pounds.

    It was for this reason that i polished mine.
     
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    Lndwarrior Pre-takeoff checklist

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    as someone who has spent over 100 hours polishing my plane, im curious what buffer and polish you are using?

    it looks awesome, btw!
     
  10. Tom-D

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    I use a variable speed 7" angle grinder, with a foam pad covered with a cotton buff, run at the slowest speed and mothers polish. then finish with mothers and a hand rub with a micro-fiber rag With mirror glaze to finish.
    This polished finish will stay this way for about 5 years or until get gets rained on and not wiped down.
     
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    Tom-D Taxi to Parking

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    up to about 5 years before it will need a good polishing again.

    cared for of course.
     
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    Hey, does the owner know the engines are leaking oil?

    :D :D :D
     
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    NordicDave Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Holy cow that's shinny. Ridiculous about of hard work. That's why we respect the shinny one so much.
     
  14. Tom-D

    Tom-D Taxi to Parking

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    Not really, I go polish when I have a chance.

    Bottom of wings,, oh yeah!