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Old 12-26-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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How to Polish?

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What is the best way to polish my 95 Excella? I have used Walbernize wax many times applied by hand and polished. I have never really been satisfied with the results and it seems not to last very long. I am interested in detailed suggestions......thanks
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M---Welcome to the forums. A lot has been posted on the general topic of exterior cleaning, detailing, and making it shine like new. Spend some time in the sub-forums dedicated to this. Then give us a more detailed picture of your starting position with the Excella and what the desired end state is, and perhaps some tips will follow.

Good luck with your project.
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:29 PM   #3
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My clearcoat is in good shape. I don't want to remove it just keep it healthy. I am not looking for a mirror shine but ways to apply Walbernize wax or other brands and how to apply and buff. thanks....M
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My clearcoat is in good shape....
hi mkimball and welcome to the forums!

if your unit hasn't been resprayed, it's a plasti-coat finish.

it will never be very shinny and the walbernize is as good as anything for that finish.

IF you wanna experiment try ANY of the spray on vinyl toppings that have plasticizers in them.

there are at least a dozen brands from armor all to zaino...

really you shouldn't be buffing or polishing with the intent of 'shinning' the surface.

don't use petrol based solvents or traditional wax, they will just dry out the plasticoat.

the plasti-coat is so soft that any shine it may have had is long gone.

really IF it's still holding up at 10+ years, that's impressive.

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If you've ever seen "Karate Kid"....wax on, wax off.
At the risk of being too basic - simply follow the directions on the label. You have the choice of hand application or mechanical. If you choose the mechanical route, I would recommend using a random orbital polisher.
My 2 cents.
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Ok, this is way off topic but being of Polish decent I keep reading this thread title as "How to Polish" and thought I should comment.

Some would say that by reading this as "How to Polish" I'm an example of "How to Polish."

I disagree.

But, then again, my family name was Drzewiecki until the 1920s!
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my family name was Drzewiecki until the 1920s!
Common spelling?
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Common spelling?
I think so.

My grandfather's family spelled it that way in the 1920 census and then spelled it 'Woodruff' in the 1930 census.
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is this a relative?

the polish wiki

that's sort of the polish equivalent of jones or smith right?


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and don't worry about the confusion, every time someone starts a thread about simple or cheap 'mods'....

there is a group here that gets all excited!
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Drzewiecki might be equivalent of English Woody.
Drzewo =wood, or tree.
That was just too easy. Try to pronounce my original first name.
"Krzysztof".
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Drzewiecki might be equivalent of English Woody.
Drzewo =wood, or tree.
That was just too easy. Try to pronounce my original first name.
"Krzysztof".
I NEVER knew that!

Thank you.

My great grandparents spoke Polish but I never knew them.
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is this a relative?

the polish wiki
Could be... we have the same hair graying pattern...
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Hello...

What is the best way to polish my 95 Excella? I have used Walbernize wax many times applied by hand and polished. I have never really been satisfied with the results and it seems not to last very long. I am interested in detailed suggestions......thanks
The clearcoat that Airstream used back then, takes on a "opaque" appearance in time.

It also only lasts 5 to 6 years or so.

Your trailers finish has been "dead" for years, but your polishing it as often as you have, has prolonged it's total failure.

There is nothing you can do to make it shiney again, short of stripping and recoating.

If you like shiney, you can strip the clearcoat and polish the metal.

Then you will have more than a full time job. A polished trailer should be waxed every 30 days, unless your within 50 miles of salt water. Then you polish it every "week."

If you don't want the polish routine, then you can have it painted "metallic silver." That requires polishing once a year.

The exterior is "never" maintenance free.

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