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Old 07-20-2011, 05:55 PM   #15
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After using the wash, the polishing on the door went better because the layer of "dirt and grime" was removed. Here's the first cut on the door after using the wash and the gray bar. This photo is a good comparison the photo in the first post. It still wasn't "easy as pie" but wasn't as much work.

If you have a section that is already polished, don't use this stuff on it or allow it to run on it. It dulled our area where the first cut had been, but we were expecting that.

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Old 07-20-2011, 05:56 PM   #16
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I wanted to add, this is part of a process, not a simple fix to removing oxidation. That is what elbow grease is for.
This is also very strong stuff. Undiluted it will etch your trailer right away.
I do not recommend one just go play with this stuff, it is a serious tool.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:35 PM   #17
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I've run the gammut on varios polishing products of late and stumbled upon blue magic metal polish...it's fairly innexpensive and does one helluva nice job following the initial cut. I used a polisher/buffer on low speed and a wool bonnet...excellent results! Here's my interior from two feet away.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:37 AM   #18
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Hi Tina,

Glad to hear that things are progressing well, and that the "Streakmaster" has helped. The door looks great! I hope it has provided a good blast of inspiration for you, and especially Mike!

I'm about half way down one side of my motorhome with a LONG way to go.

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Old 07-21-2011, 01:25 PM   #19
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The product you are talking about is sold under many trade names. Truck Brite Wash, Aluma Brite, Tank Brite, Tanker Wash (I buy it at Fleet Services or Freight Liner here in Baltimore)... It is an acid. You dilute it 6 oz to a gallon and apply it. It "flashes" the surface. It cuts the first cut by 80%. If used between each step it will rapidly speed up the entire process. FLUSH WELL!!!

Diluted 3oz to one gallon sprayed over the entire polished surface, will give that soft vintage look.
Just checking- using Aluma Brite between polishing passes will help? I am 2 passes in on the Diamondbrite method like RB does, and it is going well, but there is still more to go to get it up further. I use the Aluma stuff before I began and it did brighten the skin considerably ...bought the spray and brushed it, then after a few minutes hosed it off.
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Between cuts is how my polish guy does it.
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:56 PM   #21
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Where have you found the best place to get the "wheels" for the wheel type polisher? We still haven't invested in a drum polisher, and currently using small wheels, can't find larger ones locally and wanted your advice on where to get them.

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I ordered treated vented buffs from there last week - they are good looking
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Thanks Shacksman - we'll be sure to look that up! We've been buying at Sears, and I think we've bought them out here, they haven't had anything the last couple of trips .

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I will try the aluma brite again between cuts. I also used some 600 grit and 1000 grit wet sanding on the serious corrosion areas, hope to buff it out afterwards. So far the Rob method of polishing has been working well, and is not too time intensive.
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What will the aluma brite do to the glass windows? Anything need to be protected?
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What will the aluma brite do to the glass windows? Anything need to be protected?
The instructions for ours said to apply with a brush. We used a long handled car wash brush and just avoided the windows. No problems.

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can you post photos?

You need to be sure to rinse it of though-rally then do it again. I suggest you rinse a third time too, then seal the seams well.

I use a one gallon tank sprayer. Working from the bottom up. The glass is not effected. I cannot say what it does to the lights, for they are removed before this stage to make the entire job easier. Blue tape holds up very well to the moisture and if peeled off within 7 days leaves no glue behind.
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Between cuts is how my polish guy does it.
There's our real problem; we don't need a polishing product... we need a polishing guy!
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