Aircraft Polishing Equipment

I’m just getting started, so don’t take this as recommended. This is just what I was able to pick up locally when I suddenly got the bug to try some polishing:

Griots 6″ random orbit polishing buffer & red foam pad. Since I’m cheap, I put microfiber cloths over the foam pad and used that to help keep the red foam pad from getting filled with polish and super dirty. I washed the first 24 or so cloths that I used in the washing machine. Bob on VAF says I should try TCP mixed with water in a 5 gallon bucket to soak prior to washing. I’m itching to try that, but haven’t found the TCP yet.

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White diamond metal polish. I don’t know if I’m doing a bad thing here using this since it has a “sealant”.

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Zwipes microfiber 16″x24″ cloths. These are pretty thin and not very plush, but what I was able to have on hand to start with. Bob on VAF told me the ones on perfect polish are “a MILLION” times better. I’m going to try picking some of those up.

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On order from amazon to try out:Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 7.12.51 PM

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Griot’s Garage 11115 Micro Fiber Polish Removal Cloth – Set of 3:

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(5-Pack) **SPECIAL SALE** THE RAG COMPANY 16″ x 16″ Eagle Edgeless Orange Professional Korean 70/30 Super Plush 480gsm Microfiber Detailing Towels:

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Here is a quick before and after surface condition shot. This is about 3 minutes of work by hand, using the zwipe cloths and the white diamond polish. I apply a small amount of liquid polish to the metal and rub with the microfiber till the paste turns black. Then wipe off with two successive passes with clean microfiber cloths:

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Not close to mirror finish and not all scratches gone, but pretty good for 3 minutes by hand. It also took off the sharpie which I couldn’t even do with MEK:

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Other items on order that I want to try out:

(10-Pack) **SPECIAL SALE** THE RAG COMPANY 16″ x 16″ Professional Edgeless 365 GSM Premium 70/30 Blend Microfiber Polishing and Auto Detailing Towels (Royal Blue)

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3″ random orbit buffer:

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3″ Pads. These I probably won’t cover with microfiber:

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2 thoughts on “Aircraft Polishing Equipment”

  1. Thanks for posting these additional details. I’m getting more and more encouraged to invest some sweat equity in polishing, thanks to the process you’re showing as perhaps both easier and faster than the full meal deal with Nuvite.

    My comment above contains an assumption… that this process with the random orbit polisher is faster than it would be with Nuvite. It would be interesting to know the actual time required. BTW, in case I didn’t mention it beforehand, that shine looks terrific.

    Also, one additional question/guess… You mention using TCP in water as a pre-soak to clean the polishing rags. Is there a chance this is actually T S P? If so, it’s easy to find in the paint section at your hardware store since it’s used as a prep wash before painting household walls etc.

    Keep shinin’!

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    1. Thanks.

      Yep I’ve used TSP for other stuff before and was wondering the same thing. I see in the post to me Bob said TCP but in other posts of his it looks like he did say TSP. I’ll have to ask him next time I’m on VAF.

      I don’t know how long Nuvite process takes but have seen estimates that purple process is 30x faster.

      Jim

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