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Old 08-02-2011, 07:48 AM   #57
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Well 62overlander you were dead right no matter how long I left that acid on, the power washer which by the way was a 4000psi did nothing to the finish not sure which way to go now, I do not want to take the clear cote off, but make it a little brighter what do you think of that alum.brite it sounds as if that might do what I am looking for, what do you think
If you want a shiny trailer you are going to have to remove the clear, it is that simple.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:12 AM   #58
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exactly. The clear coat will shine a bit if you wax it with auto wax. That is as good as it will get.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:27 AM   #59
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Frank:

I do not have circular marks where the previous owner did not use Scotch pads. The PO used scotch pads on two different sections of the trailer to see how they would work. It left some pretty nasty scratches in it. the other areas untouched came out nice. I have even removed some scratches using nuvite 9 and working those areas. I still have two polishs left to do on it. I will let you know in the fall how that comes out. Trying to get the interior finished. Way to hot right now.

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Old 08-02-2011, 01:19 PM   #60
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I understand how the heat is too much.
The dewalt tool you showed polishes in a circular motion. It must leave circular marks when it is done. I know this, for I tried this method first with my own trailer. Do you then break up the swirl with a cyclo or have you not noticed the swirl? Not everyone sees "finished" the same way...
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:32 PM   #61
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Frank:

I went out and looked at the trailer. After close examination I could see the swirls you were speaking of. Most of the time it is not noticable. I still have only done the first polish. I still have two to go so I will let you know.

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Old 08-07-2011, 02:13 PM   #62
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On my 66 the sanding, even with 1000 or higher grit left grey patches of scratchy mess. I bough a bar of brown tripoli, and used my variable speed drill with sewn buff. Most of that mess came out, and will respond to the next level of polish now.
Not all the corrosion is gone, but it looks many percents better and smoother, which is all I am after.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:52 PM   #63
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Polishing is creating finer and finer scratches. Try grey bars followed by red. I have been told that blue works well too. Nothing is easy especially polishing aluminum.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:33 PM   #64
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I was inspired by this thread to use the NAPA aluminum brightener on my Bambi II. Made a great difference. I plan on polishing next year, after my interior is finished. But thought I'd do the acid wash now before I seal everything with Vulkem. I've only sealed around the water heater (with butyl tape) & door knobs (with Parbond), and the acid wash didn't react very well with either one. It cleaned up again with some more wash put on a rag, so it wasn't a big deal. If the whole trailer was sealed & had reactions, it would be a big bummer!
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It has been a learning experience. After the brown gets the scratches down, I am goin to try the Diamond Brite...gotta give Rob Baker's method another shot here.
For me a nice overall even shine, not necessarily a shaving mirror would be fine.
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I was inspired by this thread to use the NAPA aluminum brightener on my Bambi II. Made a great difference. I plan on polishing next year, after my interior is finished. But tape) & door knobs (with Parbond), and the acid wash didn't react very well with either one. It cleaned up again with some more wash put on a rag, so it wasn't a big deal. If the whole trailer was sealed & had reactions, it would be a big bummer!
you definitely want to use acid before the sealant goes on. I learned that too. Also if you start at the bottom and spray it on then brush it, you don't get the streaks.
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A few photos.. when we brought the trailer home and today after a bit of work this weekend.

The center section between the endcaps was "cut" with gray bar prior to the aluminum wash. The entire trailer had the aluminum wash, then another "cut" with gray bar on the back endcap the center section and part of the front. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems that the center section is shinier than the endcaps. The section under the front window has not been "cut".

This is a very long process...
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Hey that looks great!
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gray bar?

Where do I find this?
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Hi Sunny,

We bought ours at Sears, but it can be had online too and I'm sure some others will chime in where they buy it.

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