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Old 01-27-2015, 10:10 PM   #1
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How to clean up the finish on new trailer

We purchased a bit of a mystery trailer this weekend (I'll start another post trying to identify it.) It's a canned ham, and the buyer suggested that it could be a Wally Byam Holiday.

In any case, the exterior is oxidized and has some black rub marks from the wind flapping a tarp against it for the last few years.

As far as I can tell, there's no clear coat or anodizing on the aluminum. I'm definitely not interested in polishing it, but would like to clean it up and make it more uniform. Acid washing has been suggested. Any experience with this? Other thoughts?

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Old 01-27-2015, 10:41 PM   #2
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Why clean it? Wash well, seal where needed... enjoy!
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:24 PM   #3
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Well, I guess I should try the obvious

I've been assuming I'd need more to remove the black marks, but I'll try it and report back!
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Why clean it? Wash well, seal where needed... enjoy!
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Have you learned your lesson on 'Tarping' aluminum?

We never polished our 63 Safari. Scrubbed it well with Simple green aluminum.
After a few Seasons it had it's 'patina' back.


We always liked the way it looked.

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Old 01-28-2015, 09:04 AM   #5
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Robert thanks for the tip. I've not seen that particular Simple Green but will look for it. Most times I like the weathered aged patina just fine and don't wish to polish it.

Someone on the forum actually just polished the upper half and someone else just the door and both versions looked fun.
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On my trailers without clear coat I use Bon-Ami cleanser ("Hasn't Scratched Yet"). I apply it liberally, rub in with a wet wash cloth, then rinse off. Might have to be re-applied to remove stubborn rust stains. Takes me about 45 to 60 minutes to clean my 22' Safari. I try to do this once a year, if I feel like it.

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Bass Pro Shops sells a aluminum boat brightener that will remove oxidation.I have used it on my aluminum boats and various other aluminum parts and it works very well.I assume it has a mild acid as a ingredient.It makes oxidized aluminum look new without streaking.
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It looks nice in the picture
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We purchased a bit of a mystery trailer this weekend (I'll start another post trying to identify it.) It's a canned ham, and the buyer suggested that it could be a Wally Byam Holiday.

In any case, the exterior is oxidized and has some black rub marks from the wind flapping a tarp against it for the last few years.

As far as I can tell, there's no clear coat or anodizing on the aluminum. I'm definitely not interested in polishing it, but would like to clean it up and make it more uniform. Acid washing has been suggested. Any experience with this? Other thoughts?

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Dude, I hate to tell you this...but that isn't a new trailer! Sorry, I couldn't resist. I would follow MoFlash's advice with one twist...after acid washing it...I would lay out some sort of cool lightning bolt sort of stripe...or whatever suits this thing...about 8 inches or so thick and then just polish the stripe. It would be a cool contrast on an acid washed trailer.

Cool trailer...is it birch inside?

Just my .02, G
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Have you learned your lesson on 'Tarping' aluminum?

We never polished our 63 Safari. Scrubbed it well with Simple green aluminum.
After a few Seasons it had it's 'patina' back.


We always liked the way it looked.

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Ha! It came with the tarp marks (which is funny, since it was stored in a carport, and still covered with a tarp.) I guess he was going for belt AND suspenders.

Is this simple green stuff what people are calling an "acid wash"?
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Is this simple green stuff what people are calling an "acid wash"?


No it's not



I myself would steer away from the acid....it may work well on the aluminum panels, but I can't see it being safe on all the seams & sealant.



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Me, personally, I wouldn't put an acid wash on my rig. If it works up under the rivets and into the seams, you could be turning your trailer into a colander.

Maybe I'm over-cautious but...

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Slightly off-thread -- As a relative newcomer, I found this really interesting (links as well);
holiday_canned_ham_trailer [Tin Can Tourists Wiki]

It looks like you found a really rare bird. Congratulations!
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The brightner I suggested is made for riveted and calked applications.I have used it on such for years and they still float after application.Lol


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