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Old 11-08-2010, 01:58 AM   #15
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How long did you have to leave it with them for the polish job?

Would removing running lights and tail lights and masking window frames help?
Can they do the third step also? Headed to Tucson.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:35 AM   #16
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How long did you have to leave it with them for the polish job?

Would removing running lights and tail lights and masking window frames help?
Can they do the third step also? Headed to Tucson.
I dropped it off on a Saturday and picked it up Thursday. Not long at all. Yes, I would recommend taping off windows, running lights, and taillights. Anything you don't want to get dirty.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:49 PM   #17
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Did you get on top yet to see if they did a good job up there? Around all the vents and opening and hardware on top?
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This is good information for us old coots that don't like to climb on top
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:43 AM   #18
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Did you get on top yet to see if they did a good job up there? Around all the vents and opening and hardware on top?
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This is good information for us old coots that don't like to climb on top
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I did. They polished the entire roof and even got all of the banana wraps.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:16 AM   #19
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Mello Mike... That is an excellent tip. And that price - WoW!

Now to spend the next few hours trying to find a place on or close to Long island..
If you find one on Long Island, please shout it out. I'm on Shelter Island and although I'm not ready for polishing yet, I will get there someday.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:27 PM   #20
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Mello Mike!! After your trailer was polished , what did you do to prevent it from oxidizing.
Can you do something to prevent this!!! Especially in my area with severe weather changes?
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #21
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Mello Mike!! After your trailer was polished , what did you do to prevent it from oxidizing.
Can you do something to prevent this!!! Especially in my area with severe weather changes?
Hi William,
I'm planning on doing nothing. The climate here is dry and very hot 4 months out of the year. Now if I lived hear the ocean that would be a different story, but I'm not too worried about the finish. I'll do a maintenance polish once a year to keep it up, but that's all I'm planning on doing.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:20 PM   #22
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Interesting idea --- had to google it to see if one was nearby. Found this mobile service for much of the US: Metals Polishing - ALUMINUM, STAINLESS, CHROME POLISHING HEAVY EQUIPMENT PAINTING

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Good link, and I like the idea of a mobile service.

The photo of the Airstream in the lower left on this guy's page belongs to Herb Spies down in FL. I'd check to see if this mobile guy really did these examples before giving him my business. I don't people swiping canned photos of what they "could" do, I want to see actual work.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:06 PM   #23
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If you find one on Long Island, please shout it out. I'm on Shelter Island and although I'm not ready for polishing yet, I will get there someday.
Dag68,
I did find one. I called and spoke to someone who said they would be willing to do it - I just need to take it to them so they can give me an estimate.

It may have to wait however since we are planning on going camping in Virginia Beach for Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is the link to their website:
Nassau-Suffolk Truck Wash
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:05 PM   #24
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Another option for those who are still working full time and don't have the time to polish their Airstreams. This option? Truck Polishers! I'm sure you've seen the shiny fuel and milk aluminum trailers pulled by the big 18-Wheelers. Somebody is polishing them and it isn't the drivers. These businesses have been around for years but I haven't seen them mentioned here on the forums, at least not that I remember.

I recently took my Sovereign to one of these truck polishing shops and they polished my entire 31' Sovereign for $1500!!! They used red and white rouge sticks to achieve a mirror shine. My Sovereign still needs the final stage of polishing with a Cyclo and Nuvite-S to remove the polishing marks, but the cost is worth it because the first two cuts take the longest and they are the messiest.

Are these pics of the work as they completed it, or have you touched it up already? My 31 needs a polish, and I know where Eloy is...
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What would be the closest truck polisher to Ventura, CA? I googled truck polishing and only come up with auto and truck wash and detail shops....

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Old 11-12-2010, 07:12 AM   #26
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Are these pics of the work as they completed it, or have you touched it up already? My 31 needs a polish, and I know where Eloy is...
The pics I posted were taken the day after bringing my Airstream home.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:14 AM   #27
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What would be the closest truck polisher to Ventura, CA? I googled truck polishing and only come up with auto and truck wash and detail shops....

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Try calling all of the truck wash establishments in your area. The place I took mine to is a Truck Wash. Just ask them if they polish aluminum (most do) and what their shop rate is. They'll probably want to see your Airstream before giving you an estimate.
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:28 PM   #28
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That is a beautiful trailer Mello. Are you thinking about doing the ceramiflex?

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