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Old 11-16-2014, 03:17 PM   #15
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:26 AM   #16
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That DeWalt is getting it. Shinola huh?
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:22 AM   #17
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The way I have found is polishing with Nu Finish (simple to use and easy), and follow that up with Mothers w/carnauba. Works fine (after a year), protects, and receives lost of compliments, but will always try something else if better.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:59 AM   #18
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Consider polishing.

Make a rude gesture with your hand.

Spray with WD-40. Looks great for a week or until it rains.
Repeat whenever the mood strikes.
10 cases of WD-40 are still cheaper than polishing.

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Old 11-17-2014, 04:59 PM   #19
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The way I have found is polishing with Nu Finish (simple to use and easy), and follow that up with Mothers w/carnauba. Works fine (after a year), protects, and receives lost of compliments, but will always try something else if better.
You polished an 06 with Nu finish or buffed it up?
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You polished an 06 with Nu finish or buffed it up?
I have found the Nu Finish great cleaners for my car and trailer. Using the Mothers extends the life. My skin is in very good condition and both have maintained it looking that way. Like I say, if there is something better, I will try it.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:32 AM   #21
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I was just trying to understand… an 06 has a very different skin than those built before 1979. Polishing and buffing are very different things. To polish the skin of an 06 you are talking about a major job. When you apply this NuFinish you are not getting a mirror finish, you are cleaning the surface.
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He is polishing the surface of the clear coated aluminum ... polishing is a relative term ...
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Tool Box Polish from Diamondbrite is as close as you will get..
I agree. I'm currently using this on my Streamline and its working pretty well.
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Magic polish. Shine an Airstream in less than a day!

Frank have you written a post on your shops techniques, tools, and materials for shining pre-1979 ALCLAD? Would love to learn from your experience on what is currently the easiest method and materials.


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I found Toolbox and a Cyclo to be a great combination. I have had some luck with Nuvite and the Rouge bars, but for a nice shine that is not show "car" level Diamondbrite does the job.

I also tried Gord's polish... it was not great from my experience. Just worked for touchups and the Diamondbrite again was superior.
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There's been a lot of experimenting done in this area, and I can tell you after ten years of watching the results from various members using various 'miracle' polishing compounds, if it polishes fast, it won't last. A real well-polished trailer takes a lot of time.
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Shine/Polish

The only thing I know is that I used the Nu Finish first and get a good glossy shine, cleans the surface and then seal it with Mothers. What ever I am doing sure works "for me." Sorry to have intruded on this thread---I didn't know the difference in the model years. Maybe someday I'll learn the AS lingo. Sorry...
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I got ours polished back to "original finish" aluminum with Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish from the local auto supply and a Cyclo with yellow wool pads. One pass in some places, two or three in other places.

Of course this is after Aircraft Stripper to get the old clear coat off.

Not mirror finish, but it looks good. Also about as hard as an ol' lady wants to work on polishing a trailer.

It's been a couple of years, and I may need to consider a touch-up one of these days.
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