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Old 07-15-2010, 03:24 PM   #15
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Thanks, SpaceEgg, for the report. I might give this stuff a try on a few stained, heavily oxidized areas on my Sovereign. I've been researching Gord's, too, and while it doesn't give you a true mirror shine, like traditional methods, it does give a clean, even shine for those who don't want to spend numerous hours working on their 'stream. I will be getting some aluminum pads for this work vice what is called for.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:32 PM   #16
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Incorrect. What you just described is a crummy version of homemade napalm.

Viewpoints like this are what led me to believe this product didn't get a fair turn on these forums. I found all the referenced threads above, I spoke directly with the vendor, I thoroughly read his patent online, and decided to give it a shot. Simply sharing my experience with a new product...
share away.

but it's not a new product, except 4U.
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and apparently u r unaware that 'stoddards solvent is an aliphatic petrol distillate...

and so is charcoal ligher fluid.
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flour or corn starch have been LONG used as part of the diy aluminum polishing techniques.

google it and wear shades while reading...

there's even a PROFESSIONAL crew on THIS planet that shinestreams this way.

(another old thread with pix)

i DID leave of the stearic acid info...

the stearate is simply rendered animal fats...

((also in cocoa butter but more $$ and in texas it's gonna be STEER fat)
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so my comparison was incomplete...

lighter fluid, flour plus SPAM is a better version...

as a matter of fact has LONG been used to shine cars and other spacecraft...

a chunk of hog jowl or slab of lard depending on desired aroma.
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so please continue the journey of discover...

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Old 07-15-2010, 03:50 PM   #17
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spam, the wonder food

Interesting info, airing human.

I wonder if spacecraft slathered in spam will attract or repel creatures while boondocking...
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #18
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...might also attract Chupacabras!!!! I have been using 3m super duty rubbing cream compound (gravel in a bottle and it has a kerosene base that keeps it wet longer and clean up black with plain kerosene. Then finish out with mothers mag seems to do well on alclad. But now I am going to try 'Gel Gloss' this other patron says works well...anyone tried it? What I have mentioned above is very very affordable too around 14 dollars a cream quart for 3m
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:12 PM   #19
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IMHO,
Polishing an Airstream is a nasty dirty time consuming process.
Been there done that.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:07 PM   #20
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Hey SpaceEgg:
Taking it up a notch! Loved the " labor of Sysiphus" reference.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:53 PM   #21
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share away.
((also in cocoa butter but more $$ and in texas it's gonna be STEER fat)
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That's right. Even our women folk lather up in steer fat when sun bathin' here in Texas, unless they're Heifers in which case they don't need the additional rub. Cocoa butter is for sissies or Alpaca "ranchers".
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:49 PM   #22
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Don't know if this is to coarse, but it's not steel wool. It's Bronze.

Bronze Wool - Pads and Reels - Grades:Fine - Medium - Coarse

How to clean aluminum window frames using bronze.

http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/d...7/d02ho158.htm

Again, have not done, don't know if it will work.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:00 PM   #23
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When it cools off here and the time is right- I will try the 3M compound and THEN will try a small 6 dollar bottle of 'Gel Gloss' ...I did a small 'quickie' spot outside with just the Gel Gloss using white cotton polish pads--and sure -nough, it brought up oxidation with it, so I was surprized at that...but I had not used the compound first so I will try that. Gel Gloss has the canoba wax it it but I want to make sure the surface has been ridded of micro scratches etc. One day when this heat wave disperses - I will do a photo shoot and show what I got.
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hi red'

gel gloss is a fine wax for some things.

the problem with many POLISHING products is the use of the term POLISH.

by definition POLISHING removes at least SOME material (metal, paint, coatings) from the surface...

and REAL POLISHES all remove stuff...

but MANY companies making waxes, coatings, shin-ers and so on...

call their STUFF polish.

when it really isn't a polish.
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back to gel gloss...

this stuff was DEVELOPED for use on the GEL COAT of fiberglass things.

it was not intended for bare naked metals.
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a/s RECOMMENDS gel gloss for the SHOWER STALL (fiberglass with a gel coating) and CORIAN counter tops...

i have used it on both and it works fine as a cleaner/shiner/wax coater on these SOFT plastic surfaces...

but for ANY REAL scratches in the corian it is INADEQUATE.

because it's really a cleaner/wax not a polish...

does that make sense ?

now it DOES have chemicals in it which WILL lift some oxidation on metals...

just like it CLEANS those metals a bit...

but it will NOT polish aluminum.

the PAD used to apply it (and yer arm pressure) is more abrasive than the stuff in the bottle.
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again i LIKE gel gloss because it IS NOT a polish, and IS very gentile on GEL COATED fiberglass or plastic based corian.

and there are LOTS of products that work just like it (blue magic plastic/metal polish is an example)...

but are NOT truly metal polishes...

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Old 07-16-2010, 06:49 PM   #25
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I am here to tell you.....

There is NO EASY WAY.

I know you want it. but.....there is no easy way.

You have to remove the clear coat. PERIOD!
You have to compound it...remove the top layer of corrosion ...severe or not.
You have to polish, abrade, the remaining surface.
A chemical "polish" will give a shine. Polish? NOT!

Gravel in a bottle...YES. Truck box...NO. Nuvite...YES. Brasso...NO. ETC., ETC. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
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I'm beginning to think that we should treat our AS like I treat my skin and hair: au naturale! No make-up or hair color! She's old, so am I. We should be proud to LOOK it!

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Some people think there is only one way.

Some people are willing to challenge that and try a different way.

This thread is all about experimentation. The original poster may find this way doesn't work as well as expected. Or, he may find that there really is more than one way.

I'll go ahead and wait, and observe, to see what happens.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:12 PM   #28
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I suppose the Rouge Stick method of polishing doesn't work either.
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