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Old 03-28-2013, 07:36 PM   #435
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I have. I used that method on my Sovereign. I tried a section on the Bambi II with the wheels too. I have small sections all on the curbside that I tried different methods & came out with the clearest panel with the above routine. I tried with just the scotchbrite & not using the sandpaper, but it wasn't as clear. I first used grey discs (very fine) on an angle air thing & it left some scratches that I had to sand out. That area was really clear, so I backed off with the scotchpads & sandpaper and am pretty happy. When I used the wheels, I used a yellow air wheel (I think it was called). Had some pretty good scratches from that to get out. I know this is a pretty slow method, but I'm pretty slow myself these days! I feel like the Nuvite method gets a finer finish & the finer the finish, the less you get spots from rain on it....does that make sense?
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #436
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Got the front bottom finished today with no help from my friends. They just like to steal my stuff!

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:17 PM   #437
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Becky....from experience....do the top first. You will not drag electric cords over those polished places. It will screw up all that work. PS....it looks great.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:08 PM   #438
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Thanks for the advise, Melody Ranch (sorry, I don't know your name!). I'm just doing the bottom/front first so my hubby can mount the toolbox & propane tanks after I polish it. I know what you mean about the cords. These are two of my former trailers (Bessie & Brutis) that I made plenty of mistakes while going through all the different steps of polishing!

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This little baby will be such a pleasure to polish every year compared to the two giants I used to do! It'll just be a bit extra work to begin with. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Whoa! Good job on the giants! Did u use sandpaper on those too? Sandpaper makes very nervous@
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:31 PM   #440
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I used sandpaper on the endcaps of the '86 Sovereign. They kind of had an "orange peel" surface to them & didn't reflect as well as the sides. I used the wheel method on that one. I used the Nuvite method on the '76 Overlander. The Bambi II is a little of everything! It has a lot of pitting. I tried one section with just scotchbrite & then polishing, but it just wasn't as clear as when I sanded. The trick is to go through all the grades. I had more issues with the air way yellow wheel than anything. That scratched the aluminum IMHO. The following couple of years I used Nuvite C & S for my yearly polish. I just like it.
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Becky, your buffing/polishing looks great!

When working on really badly oxidized aluminum (I imagine your Bambi has it), are you having fits with the "black" which you wipe off with mineral spirits? I keep wiping and changing cloths, and it just keeps appearing.

Do you use a car wax on your trailers when you're done polishing? I've been told to do that so that the water will bead up and roll off.

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:47 AM   #442
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I wipe down the area I'm working on with mineral spirits on Viva paper towels. I've changed from rags simply because I didn't have enough of them to do the job! Viva paper towels don't leave scratch marks (you'd be suprised at how many varieties do! especially when you're nearing the end of polishing) I wipe between grades of polishing, whether it be with the wheel method, or the Nuvite method. Go over it several times. You'll never come back with a white towel--ever. Unless you have clear coat on it. But if you go over it several times, you'll get the grit from your step of polishing off.

I use Meguiar's caranuba wax when I'm finished. I've tried a lot of sealants, but find that caranuba wax leaves the clearest coating, so you don't dull your shine too much!
And if you're doing steps and won't finish a section all at once and have your trailer outside, do yourself a favor & wax it a minute. If it rains & you don't, you'll have to do it again (don't ask me how I know)
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Thanks, Becky. I wouldn't have done that extra step of waxing before rain, and I would have been kicking myself later, so you saved me some work there.

Also, I didn't realize some paper towels leave scratches while Viva does not -- I'll have to pick some up. I feel a little better about the "black", I was thinking that I should end up having none on the towel.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:21 PM   #444
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My hubby did some work on the electric in the front of the trailer tonight. Hooked up the emergency brake & the jack. All the wiring for the exterior lighting, brake and jack are in a junction box on attached to the a-frame. If there are ever problems, it will make it pretty easy to trouble-shoot them.Click image for larger version

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We also tested the water system for leaks. Fix one of them under the galley sink. There's a big problem with the toilet. It leaks from a fitting that's part of the plastic shroud. I'm ticked because I bought it at a surplus store over a year ago & don't have any kind of warranty since I've had it so long. I'll call Thetford tomorrow & see what can be done. The shroud thing probably costs as much as the toilet did. Urggg!Click image for larger version

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Found out how to fix the toilet, thank goodness! The threads into the shroud were crossed (probably at the factory) and it was plastic. I went to the local plumbing supply shop and the guy said to try a brass fitting. He said it would straighten the threads by cutting new ones, as the plastic fitting wouldn't do that. IT WORKED

Got all the systems up & running, including the water heater. Attached the propane line to the belly pan & installed the grate for the refrigerator air intake.
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Nice find! What section of the store did it come from?
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Nice find! What section of the store did it come from?
It was by the floor vents. I think it was about 12 bucks. I need another one for the back where the air intake for the a/c goes. I still have to do the belly pan back there.
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