Since you’ve already polished it once just skip the rouge, there’s no need to start the process all over again. Buy a Cyclo with NuVite F7, C and S grades.The F7 with wool pads will take out 600 grit sandpaper marks so if you did have a new scratch you could sand it out with 220, 440, 600 then F7 in that particular area, then C with terry cloth and then S with terry cloth. If you don’t have bad scratches just do C with terry cloth and then S with terry cloth.I usually only have to go as far back as S with terry cloth most of the time but at times the oxidation is too bad for the S to take care of. Make sure you wipe down the aluminum with mineral spirits between switching grades of NuVite and use new terry cloth on each step so as not to contaminate the next less aggressive paste your going to or you will get nowhere but waste time.
You can check my restoration thread out here. www.feathercraft.net/forum/8-restoration...athercraft-v5-333-55
So far on the re-restoration of my '55 Vagabond I have redone trailer lights, installed new wheel bearings, reinstalled new cable-pulley steering cable, had Rick fabricate new steering column, restored Wilcox Crittenden steering wheel, located and patch all leaks, repainted all marine plywood battleship gray floorboards and seat bottoms.
Next to do is to rebuff. Last time I buffed was in 2013 and I started with 80 grit and went all the way to 2000 grit sandpaper. Then I used Caswell rouge black, brown and white with my angle grinder. Next I used several of the different grades of Nuvite aluminum polish also using my angle grinder.
So this time I'm thinking I'll just go with the Black, brown and white Caswell rouge on my angle grinder and then purchase a Cyclo polisher and polish one final coat.
First: Does the black, brown and white Caswell rouge sound like a good beginning?
Second: What would be a great polish to use with the Cyclo polisher?
I have plenty of Caswell's left over from last time so will not have to buy any more, but I am out of Nuvite and pretty open minded on a great affordable aluminum polish for the final coat.
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