My beautiful wife to likes shiny things. I know most men would kill for a woman who likes chromed out muscle cars but they weren't sitting in front of a most massive looking little camper.
She loved the look of the polished Airstreams we saw when we were hunting for ours and wanted to polish our Globetrotter.
And I, starry-eyed bonehead, wanted to make it shine for her - a wedding gift.
I took a cyber trip over to Vintage Trailer Supply and read their in-depth polishing guide - multiple times.
I stopped by Airstream Forums to see what the group wisdom was. Vern, the original owner, even provided some tips.
Armed with loads of advice, a brand new DeWalt 850 and various grits of aluminum polish (Vintage Trailer Supply) I set out to tackle my massive, little camper.
It took a lot of experimenting and more elbow grease than I expected. I was cutting through a lot of oxidation - white coating. I started with F9. My intention was to go back over it again with F7 and then do a finish coat.
In the five years since I did the first layer with F9. I've polished exactly - squat.
You get pretty goopy so I didn't take very many pictures. I'm a little disappointed I didn't get any before pictures of the aluminum LP tanks. If you've ever seen a forklift with an aluminum tank or a beer keg, that's how they started out.