Originally Posted by millertimeUS
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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The products I use for the first cut are custom made for a guy in Florida. He has been kind enough to sell me enough for about 50 trailers but has decided he does not want to get into doing retail sales. He is also apprehensive about dealing with Airstreamers since he feels "Airstreamers are a bunch of idiots. They all think they know it all and are not willing to entertain other avenues." Being an Airstreamer, I guess I am an idiot too...
He actually developed the products for polishing stainless and aluminum boat parts and found it worked very well on alclad too. I have to agree with him. Unfortunately, there is nothing to share since one cannot buy the wheels or custom made rouge bars. The closest thing is the Jestco system.
For the final three passes I use various foam pads on a cyclo with, yep, Diamond Brite. Yellow, blue, then white pads.
This method is very fast for the initial cut. The cyclo steps take more time. I am not sure how long the method I use will last. I touched my own trailer up this Spring after 4 years just using the blue and white pads. Between the first polish and the re touch, I washed it once and never once waxed it. I am pretty pleased.
I think the key to polishing is finding what works for you and using that. There are many many methods. Which is the right one, the one you like the best.