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Old 03-23-2011, 07:57 PM   #1
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Polishing-Black clouds?

I am just starting to polish my 1960 18' Traveler and did one panel. It looked great in the garage but then we took it outside to wash the whole thing and there are black cloud looking things on the polished panel. Also, I was unable to get all the pitting (filiform?) off - any suggestions as to how to get all of it off? We spent about 10 hours on that one little front panel and at this rate we won't be through with it until we're dead.

Have I totally screwed up? What can be done to make the black go away? What did I do wrong to cause that?

I am using the black, brown, and red compounding sticks and a 7" polisher/sander with a sewn buffing wheel. I also have a buffing wheel that has no seams but that didn't take out the black stuff. In addition I have a flat fuzzy cover and a terry-cloth cover for a padded wheel that you use flat on the trailer.

I don't have a cyclo and really didn't want to buy one but will do so if that is the only way to make a mirror finish.

Help!
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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There is a chance you used to much of the black and went thru the alclad. Your best bet now is to use the white bar and try get the final polish on it...get the best you can. A cyclo is probably the best way for this, but a bonnet will do. Use micro fiber cloths and mineral spirits and corn starch or flour as a clean up. I have the same problems with the corrosion pitting still there after polish...I hate it....but live with it.
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I dealt with this same problem yesterday. I think Melody ranch is on it, but I was able to get it out. From this point on, I will abandon using the black bar, it was tempting because the polishing seemed to go so much faster, but the end result is dissapointing.

To fix it, I had to change from the sewn wheel to the buffing pad, and start with Nuvite G6 on a medium speed. I had to go over it twice, then follow it with F7, then F7 with the cyclo, then Grade S with the Cyclo.

Stick with the brown bar, it takes a little longer but the result is much better.

Also, It is critical that you completely remove all polish between every step.

This is just my experience, so take it for what its worth.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:15 PM   #4
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There is a chance you used to much of the black and went thru the alclad. Your best bet now is to use the white bar and try get the final polish on it...get the best you can. A cyclo is probably the best way for this, but a bonnet will do. Use micro fiber cloths and mineral spirits and corn starch or flour as a clean up. I have the same problems with the corrosion pitting still there after polish...I hate it....but live with it.
I've not used cornstarch or flour before - do I mix it with the mineral spirits to make a paste or just put some on a rag and wipe the surface with it?
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Use it dry. Just put a little on a micro fiber rag and wipe away. You will be pleasantly surprised. I recommend the corn starch.
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Ditto on the corn starch. It works wonderfully. When I first started my polishing job I also found some of the "black ghosts". I went back over area with compounder and Nuvite 7 then cleaned it off really well. Then went to work with the Cyclo Nuvite 7 again then S. For my money you can't beat the Cyclo.
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Another vote for corn starch with dry micro-fiber rag then Cyclo!!!
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OK, you've convinced me that I need a cyclo. I've ordered it and the Nuvite and should have it next week. Now I need to buy another AS so I can justify buying the cyclo...

I'll post pictures when my little jewel shines.

Thanks for the help and advice.

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Hey Lindy,

Don't worry bout the cost of the Cyclo. You will need it each year to keep the shine up. In fact I did mine last spring and by the end of summer it needed it again. It still looks great from 50 feet away. Water spots, smudges etc. really do show up in a hurry. The only good thing is the second polish is not as hard as the first.
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Reading about all the labor required to achieve and maintain a high shine makes me glad my trailer is painted silver. I complain about waxing it once a year but that is nothing compared to polishing the aluminum with bars, rags, cyclos, etc...
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Reading about all the labor required to achieve and maintain a high shine makes me glad my trailer is painted silver. I complain about waxing it once a year but that is nothing compared to polishing the aluminum with bars, rags, cyclos, etc...
I do envy you to some degree, but the little voices in my head keep yelling at me to keep polishing....
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Hey Lindy,

Don't worry bout the cost of the Cyclo. You will need it each year to keep the shine up. In fact I did mine last spring and by the end of summer it needed it again. It still looks great from 50 feet away. Water spots, smudges etc. really do show up in a hurry. The only good thing is the second polish is not as hard as the first.
I do love those shiny little trailers! And yours is beautiful! But polishing twice in one year? Does it ever end???

What about doing a clear coat on it?

BTW, did you make your rock guard? Got any closer-up pictures? If you didn't make it, where did you buy it?


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I do envy you to some degree, but the little voices in my head keep yelling at me to keep polishing....
Where did you guys get your awnings? Ah, yet another several hundred dollars I can spend on a 50 year old trailer!
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There are a few panels on my trailer that, after removing the clearcoat, are quite shiny. Can I get by with just using the "S" and the Cyclo or do I still use the wheel and the brown and/or red compound on it?
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As long as there is little if any filiform, on the shiny panels just use the cyclo F7 or S. I've learned a lesson don't use the black/brown bars unless there is alot of filiform! Just my two-cents. Don
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