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The Cyclo™ Dual action Polisher has a world wide reputation for excellence and is the professional detailer’s choice when it comes to an orbital polisher. With non of the heat problems associated with rotary polishers and none of the vibration associated with the single head type of DA Polishingtools.
The dual orbital heads are perfectly balanced to give a superior finish and with less fatigue when working for long periods Used in conjunction with the cotton FleeceWrap system the

Cyclo is ideal for producing that swirl free mirror shine on your Airtream in combination with Nuvite Polishes

A complete Cyclo finishing kit for an Airstream is available for 600 including pads fleecewraps polish and all accessories

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In 1936, Wally Byam, founder of Airstream Inc, built his first aluminium Travel Trailer - the iconic design has changed little since and the classic Airstream travel trailer is famous all over the world. The semi monocoque design in aircraft grade aluminium was developed in the 30's and 40's and the classic Alclad covered Airstream trailers are now increasingly popular as both private trailers and comercial and promotional vehicle
The final finishing touch is normally polishing and it is this step which changes you from "the crazy neighbours with the ugly little toaster" to the "neighbours with the cool looking classic trailer" . It is widely acknowledged that the trailers from the 40's to late 50's can be polished to a better mirror shine but all classic Airstreams can be polished- it just takes a long time and is a pretty dirty and noisy job! The early trailers were constructed with Alclad which is an aluminium alloy with powdered aluminium rolled onto the surface.in a thin layer to give protection against corrosion of the main sheet. This layer is only a few thou' thick so if the panels are heavily corroded care must be taken that the layer is not removed completely as this can lead to the panels appearing like "leopard skin" and the underlying metal can be susceptible to corrosion. The aluminium layer does however oxidise over time and gives the airstream a rather shabby look and it is the polishing which removes this oxidation and restores the brilliant shine. Some trailers were lacquered to try and reduce this effect but all the panels will eventually oxidise.


The Polishing Company have been supplying the equipment for polishing Airstreams and other aircraft materials for some time and recently we were asked to undertake the complete re-polishing of some classic trailers.

The process is time consuming- it takes approximately 8 hours per linear foot to polish an Airstream so to polish a 24ft Overlander takes about 3 weeks !

Polishing starts with de-lacqering (if required) and then the slow progress of removing the aluminium oxide starts. This can be done with a metal polish like Nuvite and a rotary polisher, or using a soft buffing "mop" with hard compound bars. Either way the process creates huge amounts of black "mud" which believe me gets everywhere. During buffing I often wondered if working down a mine would actually be cleaner !! Each panel has to be polished repeatedly to achieve the required shine but deep corrosion and pitting caused by road debris can not be completely removed. Polishing and cleaning outv with mineral spirit does however make the pitting less obvious and, from a few feet away, the damage is barely noticable.

Once the compounding is done it is necessary to finish off with light compounds to remove the swirl marks made by the earlier process and this is carried out using a Cyclo Polisher and FleeceWraps with Nuvite polish. This is the equipment we would recommend for annual maintenance minor scuff removal and is easy to use by the average person without the need for brute strength.

We have not included many photographs of the process here but the full polishing of a 1957 Overlander shown here is viewable on our facebook pages. Click Here

Below are a few photos from recent polishing jobs including a American Prevost motorhome, a wine bar and a beauty salon
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