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Old 12-04-2020, 01:15 AM
U2drvr U2drvr is offline
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Default Polish now?

Iíll be finishing my empennage kit soon and will have to wait a few months for te fuselage and wing kits. If I plan to polish, would it be beneficial to polish the parts I have done? It seems like it would be easier to do most of the work on the bench, but there are sure to be downsides. Thoughts and opinions?
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Old 12-04-2020, 03:42 AM
trifield trifield is offline
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Default Polish

Doesnt matter when you do it but remove the blue protective plastic as the print will etch into the skin and can be near impossible to polish it out.
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Old 12-04-2020, 07:42 AM
Ralph Inkster Ralph Inkster is offline
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Not a great idea to polish now if your ultimate plan is to paint the plane later.
built a few RVs, rebuilt a few more, hot rodded more, & maintained/updated a big bunch more
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Old 12-04-2020, 08:02 AM
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Snowflake Snowflake is offline
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U2drvr - welcome to VAF!

If you're planning on a polished airplane, now would be a good time to start. You'll learn how to polish, and get used to putting aside a block of time on a regular basis to maintain the shine. Keep in mind while you do it that this is only about 10% of the surface area of the airplane... It will take 10x as long to do the rest of it. Regularly.
Rob Prior
1996 RV-6 "Tweety" C-FRBP (formerly N196RV)
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Old 12-05-2020, 04:42 PM
U2drvr U2drvr is offline
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Thanks for the inputs! I'll wait until I'm done with the tail kit. before I decide the exact paint/polish scheme and then start polishing when I have time.
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Old 12-05-2020, 04:57 PM
xblueh2o xblueh2o is offline
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Good advice being offered.
Nothing wrong with polishing now as long as you are mentally prepared that it will need to be done again when you get the forward part of the fuselage built/polished and for sure get the protective plastic off now while it is easy.
RV-8 with the Showplanes Fastback conversion
Emp completed except for glass work
Wings completed except for bottom skin and glass work
Fuselage underway
N18451 reserved
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Old 12-05-2020, 05:03 PM
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catmandu catmandu is offline
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Pay good money to polish aluminum.

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