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Old 03-10-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Polish job about done!

Hello all,,

70 hours and down to the detail around the letters and windows.. Still have the decals on the back to take off before I can polish out the last end top panel.

Wow,, what a job... When I got to the roof, between the tree sap,, old leaves and "THE GRAYS",, I gave up and got some acid and it just boiled it off so slick it was all most scary.. Wish now I would have used acid on all of the trailer as it sure would have cut my polish time down a bunch..

Now I can pin up to my new trailer with pride and let the world know that at one time Americans did build good items that lasted..

But I have to be honest,, if I has just used acid and never started to polish it out from what I know now its a lot of HARD WORK and would have called it good from that point.






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Old 03-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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Sounds great! Still plugging along on my '99. Was working on it today. I have the street side and back about done, now ready to move up the curb side.
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I gave up and got some acid and it just boiled it off so slick it was all most scary.. Wish now I would have used acid on all of the trailer as it sure would have cut my polish time down a bunch..
What's The acid? Could we have more information?

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Old 03-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #5
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Acid,,, treatment short cut.

My trucker friend runs a used semi truck lot in town and uses this acid treatment to clean up old fuel tanks and alum truck rims and even semi trailers.. He also uses it on some hard stains in paint jobs..

Takes all the fuzz,,road scum and the nasty ( THE GRAYS) off alum.. At a 50% mixture it will not hurt the base metal at all.. But it will melt away years of neglect like its magic. My Airstream roof was totally black,, with a mixture of "THE GRAYS" ,,, tree sap and years of big city smog fall out build up.

I just used a plastic sponge and rubber gloves and only uses a few large drops at a time and work a small area.. I did not want any acid to run down my pre polished sides as it would gray stain it some and would need re polished.. After a area was clean I then used a bucket of warm water with a strong mixture of " baking soda" and another sponge to stop the reaction as the baking soda kills the acid dead.. Once the roof was done I just hosed it all down with a garden hose..

What you want to buy is the watered down version of hydrochloric acid known as muriatic acid. its a 25-30% solution max. its available at any pool place and sometimes at home depot/lowes/ace hardware. It will cost $6-$10 for a gallon depending on brand but they all do the same thing. Any large truck stop sells it also.. I did my whole roof and both propane bottles with less than a quart of the stuff.

Buy a gallon and bring it home. mix it 50/50 with water in a plastic bucket ONLY. be careful when you open the bottle as the fumes will are strong and it will probably smoke on heavy oxidation's like a frigging science fair project..

if if excites you, then your going to love this stuff. Trust me,, areas of my roof looked like heck,, and in less than 30 minutes it was clean.. If I had tried to grind all that off with polishing compound it would have taken me another week..

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Wish I had that polisher.

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Sounds great! Still plugging along on my '99. Was working on it today. I have the street side and back about done, now ready to move up the curb side.
My next pass with the fine compound,, I need that power polisher you show in your photo.. Priced them (ouch),, but am a little over budget already with this polish job.. From what I see,, just some major elbow grease,, and time I can take my Overlander to the next level one small area at a time.

Got mine looking great from the 20 foot mark,, and will piddle at the rest over the summer when the fish are not awake,,

Did not know a 99 would shine that nice.. Was it 2002 when the company changed metal ?

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If you are tired of polishing

You might want to try that plexus stuff I have been raving about. Microfiber towel and some spritz of this stuff you might be suprized. Has very small amount wax in it. At least you can hit all interior plastics,stainless, seems to do fair job on bare alum. You will get sick if it touches your hands though, start to taste it so fresh air and gloves.
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I am not so sure muriatic acid is the correct one. I use a product called Truck Brite. I think it is a hydrofluoric and phosphoric acid. Muriatic is used to clean masonry surfaces.
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Sodbust: I think it was 2000 when they switched to the factory applied coating. I don't know how hard it is to get it off, compared to what is on my trailer which is easy (too easy as it peals after 8-10 years....). But I have seen where folks have stripped and polished trailers with teh 2000 on finish.
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BTW Sodbust, I don't really mind polishing mine, it burns off my stress.....
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Note: Normal caution needed when handling muriatic and phosphoric acids. However, special care is needed for hydrofluoric acid. See "Health & Safety" at end of article below:

Hydrofluoric acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:29 PM   #12
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My kind of stuff,.

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BTW Sodbust, I don't really mind polishing mine, it burns off my stress.....
Like I said,, I will carry along some polish rags,,and polish too the lake and when the fish are sleeping I will have something to do..

I searched what StarCraft was talking about,, ( that plexus stuff) and cant find any more info about it on the site.. ????????

If it takes gloves and fresh air it's my kind of product..!

Fill me in about this stuff..



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