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Old 07-08-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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$600 polish job, Texas!

Not bad. And worth every penny!
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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What did you use for the polish job?
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:59 PM   #3
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:06 AM   #4
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polish job!

I was picking up some parts and drove past a "detail" shop with my trailer in tow. A 1966 Bambi Was shining like a new penny in the parking lot! I stopped and the guy ran over and told me he could make mine shine like the one he was working on! This place works on Gas Tankers, Airplanes etc. Well the avg. cost for someone else to polish your trailer is $100 per foot. To High for me! This guy did the Bambi for $400 and mine for $600... It's 48 yr old Aluminum and I'm not sure how "perfect" it suppose to be?? All I know is it looks very good and now I can "detail" the area's of concern.. Also two day turn around!!
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Saginaw, Xtreme Auto Detail.. Just past Fire Station on the Left! Good Guys.. Two Days only!!
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Trophycare - Is this in Weatherford? An address & phone number please!!!
Do you know what products / methods he uses? Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:48 AM   #7
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Any chance of seeing a few more pictures of the finished product? Maybe a little more detailed. Are those photos off a camera phone? They look rather small in field is why I ask. Any before pictures?
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Saginaw, Xtreme Auto Detail.. Just past Fire Station on the Left! Good Guys.. Two Days only!!
I tried looking them up and couldn't find anything. Do you have a number?
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:56 AM   #9
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Gord's Aluminum Polish

10 to 1 odds they're using Gord's Aluminum Polish.
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:06 PM   #10
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10 to 1 odds they're using Gord's Aluminum Polish.
Is that a good thing?
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:11 PM   #11
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That's up to you

Is Gord's a good thing? I certainly think so. New dogs, new tricks. Hard to argue with a guy carrying a US Patent. But I'm drinking the Kool-Aid, so maybe I'm blinded. I've been patiently waiting for the correct tool to arrive (yesterday!) so that I can use it on my Tradewind. I'll post photos when complete. I've used it by hand on sections and I've been amazed at the speed and quality of the results.

These forums don't seem to think very highly of the stuff, but I don't think the product got a fair shake from what I've read.

I conjecture that it's Gord's because of the speed. These Texans must be doing something that doesn't require a lot of time or effort, otherwise they'd be charging for it right? The easiest explanation is they've got their hands on something that works quickly and efficiently, because just look at the finished product - they don't look like they're taking shortcuts! But again, just guessing.

I was also quoted a "ballpark" $100-200/sqft price for my 24' Tradewind - when I actually found a guy that could do it - also much harder than anticipated. Then I read all about the bazillion step process with 5 different grades of Nuvite and blah blah blah six weekends of work so that you're guaranteed to repeat the process in a year and I kept looking. My trailer is for camping - not a museum artifact or showpiece. For the money ($100/gallon predicted to cover the whole Airstream) and time (as yet unknown) I'll happily take the mirror shine of Gord's!

He did an Airstream Airstream Pictures

I'm in no way affiliated with him, and I'll stop this shameless plug now. If these other guys are using something else, I would love to hear about it! Not saying the old tried-and-true method is bad - I'd just rather spend my money and time camping.

p.s. the "correct tool" is an adjustable polisher that can slow itself down to 600 rpm. Much harder to find than I anticipated.
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So do you think you still have to strip first?
Why not just use a cyclo, why is fast bad?
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Is Gord's a good thing? I certainly think so. New dogs, new tricks. Hard to argue with a guy carrying a US Patent.

My trailer is for camping - not a museum artifact or showpiece. For the money ($100/gallon predicted to cover the whole Airstream) and time (as yet unknown) I'll happily take the mirror shine of Gord's!

He did an Airstream Airstream Pictures

I'm in no way affiliated with him, and I'll stop this shameless plug now. I'd just rather spend my money and time camping.
I'm with you on this....It's worth $100. bucks to see. Not to mention the money you invest in the polishers, DeWalt and CyClo..... ect. Let us know how it's working for ya....we want pictures!
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