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Old 10-14-2012, 07:48 PM   #211
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Thanks Frank, Bruce and Perry.
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Thanks! That means a lot coming from you.
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She will need a final pass with white to lessen the scratches that can be seen straight on. The color is coming out well. I'm pretty happy with the combination I'm using.
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I think I saw a table you posted about reflectance and emisivity of polished aluminum vs paints. Very interesting. Hopefully a good shine will make a difference in the Texas summer. I was planning on painting the roof white, but I think I may just polish it too. We'll see how my hands and arms feel when I get to that stage.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:07 PM   #212
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Your trailer looks great! White bar and black bar, man I have some learning to do. I have read about nuvite but what are these bars?

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Old 10-14-2012, 08:55 PM   #213
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Method

Thanks Al,
She has come a long way in the two years we've owned her.
Buffs and bars are a method of polishing aluminum that has been around for a long time. This method is different than the Nuvite method. All polishing in its simplest form is using some type of abrasive and a carrier to "reform" the surface of the metal.
Read this-
http://www.highwayshine.com/cat/Guid...+Aluminum.html and this
Check out these videos on youtube.
DC SuperShine - YouTube
I buy my supplies from caswellplating.com There are others like Matchless, Buff Polish & Grind, FORMAX, Jestco
There are many ways to shine aluminum. Chose what you think will work best for you.
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Chose what you think will work best for you.

90% of any job is the right tool. In this case, CYCLO or SPEC Rolite.

Reading those two sites and what is around here on how to use them ought to keep a man out of trouble quite awhile.

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:14 PM   #215
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Black bars, white bars, reminds me of my old residence. Just kidding.
Trailer looks great.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:44 AM   #216
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The white paint will give you the best overall thermal properties because the emmisivity of the aluminum even polished is not great. But polished is much better than gray because it won't absorb as much heat to start with. I would like to see clear coated aluminum numbers. If you can get by with polished and not bake in the TX sun, I would stay polished. A lot of heat comes in windows as well. Shade is your friend.

Keep up the good work.

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I think I saw a table you posted about reflectance and emisivity of polished aluminum vs paints. Very interesting. Hopefully a good shine will make a difference in the Texas summer. I was planning on painting the roof white, but I think I may just polish it too. We'll see how my hands and arms feel when I get to that stage.
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Ceramiflex would have to be easier than polishing on the roof, wouldn't it?
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What is the down side to having to strip paint and recoat everytime you have to fix a vent or something?

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Old 10-15-2012, 01:09 PM   #219
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Ceramiflex would have to be easier than polishing on the roof, wouldn't it?
Yes it probably would. I'm concerned with the paint that I choose leaving streaks on the polished skin from rain, dew, etc. I have seen this on polished trailers with KoolSeal on the roof. If I decide to paint the roof, I'm sort of leaning toward an automotive base/clear to make sure there are no streaks from the paint chalking or bleeding. Of course, this would probably be pretty costly.
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Yes it probably would. I'm concerned with the paint that I choose leaving streaks on the polished skin from rain, dew, etc. I have seen this on polished trailers with KoolSeal on the roof. If I decide to paint the roof, I'm sort of leaning toward an automotive base/clear to make sure there are no streaks from the paint chalking or bleeding. Of course, this would probably be pretty costly.
Just figure the cost of polishing the roof at your shop rate, that'll make prime/paint/clear seem a little cheaper.
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My not very humble opinion; Painted roofs look like crap! Polish it! You don't even have to do a very good job and it looks terrific that way. Oh, and a hint; polish the roof first. That way the cord slap does not mess up those perfectly done sides.
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My not very humble opinion; Painted roofs look like crap! Polish it! You don't even have to do a very good job and it looks terrific that way. Oh, and a hint; polish the roof first. That way the cord slap does not mess up those perfectly done sides.
I kinda like painted roofs. Of course, I have painted sides and endcaps, too.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:45 PM   #223
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Peer pressure~whew! You talked me in to polishing the roof Frank.
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I kinda like painted roofs. Of course, I have painted sides and endcaps, too.
Your roof could be polished too
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