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Old 06-09-2016, 07:32 PM   #1
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"Polish" - Acrylic Polymers

There's a lot of discussion here about polishing and/or waxing our trailers. I've been involved with vintage Porsches for a long time and this is an area where everyone has their "secret sauce". Every time the topic has come up here I chime in with my secret sauce which has just changed.

I used to prepare a car for a concours show with expensive carnuba wax. I even went so far as to warm it in my hand before applying it by hand. It does give a beautiful, albeit short-lived finish. Then a friend who happens to be a Ferrari enthusiast introduced me Liquid Glass, not a wax at all but an acrylic polymer. Changed my life.

Unlike wax, an acrylic polymer is very long lasting, almost indefinitely. It expands so it won't crack, and it never yellows. And repeated use over time builds up the protective layer.

I have a 26 year old trailer that fortunately still had the plasti-coat in good shape when I got it three years ago. I've seen numerous trailers where the plasti-coat was peeling off and I wanted to preserve mine as long as possible. I started applying Liquid Glass twice a year and so far there has been no degradation in the plasti-coat. Not a real long test, but encouraging.

Then the other day I happened across a gearhead site that had done a test on a large number of acrylic polymer polishes and ranked them. The winner was one that I had never heard of, Wolfgang Concours Series Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0. So I went ahead and bought a bottle. I polished the trailer with it today and I'm impressed, it gave the trailer a beautiful sheen. Here are a few pictures:







It looks better in the pictures than in real life, but I love the sheen - much deeper and richer than Liquid Glass. I'll update the thread from time to time as to how it's holding up.

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P.S. That's WD-40 on the stainless rock guards.
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:02 PM   #2
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Your Excella looks awesome.

I bought Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Professional Polymer Sealant for the Phoenix. How did the Meguiar's product rate in that review?

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<<< snip >>> I've been involved with vintage Porsches for a long time ... <<< snip >>>
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:28 PM   #4
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Still looking for the test that influenced me to try Wolfgang. Here's another cool test though that centered on longevity:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=85205

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Old 06-09-2016, 09:31 PM   #5
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Nice ride! Here's a link to my favorite P-car project:

http://www.audettecollection.com/stubby/

I guess I can digress since it's my thread.

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Old 06-09-2016, 09:37 PM   #6
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Nice ride! Here's a link to my favorite P-car project:

http://www.audettecollection.com/stubby/

I guess I can digress since it's my thread.

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Oh yes... I'm familiar with that! Do you know John? He did up a pair of gorgeous H4s for me... his work is amazing, the lights are 'jewelry.'

Hope, you don't mind me 'digressing' right along with you.

OK, Airstream chatter: Our 2014 23SD began life in Ohio and has a tiny, tiny bit of the dreaded filiform in a couple of places. I'm hoping that by faithful use of CorrosionX and a poly sealant such as you used will keep the nasty stuff from spreading. Right now, it's a non-issue, I hope to keep it that way.

By the way, that's original paint on the Porsche, it looks like it was built this morning. Won its class in the only PCA concours that it was entered in.
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Bob...

Your Phoenix project is really outstanding. I have a lot of admiration of you and your wife and your dedication and perseverance. I hope to see you along the Oregon Trail one of these days!

BTW, Meguiars is highly rated in all of the tests that I have seen. I think it's a great choice. Sometimes the polishing thing becomes a religion. Hey, that reminds me of hitches.

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Does anyone have experience with Glare? I just started with it on the hood of my black Range Rover and can see the difference with the rest of the paint that was recently waxed.
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Thumbs up Have used.....

.....Griot's Compound, as a liquid 'clay bar' on the boat & old Ford, clean with the compound & seal with the polymer.

Airstream next.......possibly, it could happen, really.

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I have been using Glare since we got our AS. The treated surfaces look nice and the people at the company are fun to talk with about what it can protect. As with any treatment on these trailers, I take care not to disturb the organic coating along the bare cut edges.
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As with any treatment on these trailers, I take care not to disturb the organic coating along the bare cut edges.

Huh? Organic coating?


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That thin clear plastic coating that Alcoa carefully applies to the Al to, in part, prevent corrosion and AS then cuts which can then allow corrosion. Let's not rub that broken edge any more than necessary and weaken it's bonding to the AL.
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