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Old 07-22-2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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Polishing/mineral spirits

I've read all the polishing info on the forum but I have a question. I'm a little more than 1/2 way through polishing my 31' 77' Excella and I've noticed that the first areas in the front I started on with Cyclo and Rolite medium grade polish are starting to spot up again. The clearcoat was removed long ago and the trailer was polished when I bought it 4 yrs. ago. It is shining up nicely and I will start the final polishing with a finer grade of polish soon.

Will Mineral Spirits leave a protective coating on long enough for me to start with the other polish and sealer?
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I don't think mineral spirits will provide much in the way of protection.

It should not loose its shine that quickly.

Are you compounding first?
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Mineral spirits, which is predominantly or wholly naphtha, is intended to evaporate quickly and leave no residue. That is its claim to fame. Of course when wiping down a surface with mineral spirits it is possible to leave some of the solid and liquid matter that was supposed to be removed behind, but it is not the mineral spirits that is left.
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No compounding except on the front cap and on a few areas that are below the large curbside awning. The awning scratched several places when the PO and another person removed it to have the awning stitched after developing a rip. The trailer had been stripped and polished before.
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When I polsihed my trailer I did not originally compound the very top. I only used the cyclo.

After about 8 months, the top looked like I never did anything to it. It was back to being dull. Yet the rest of the compounded trailer was still just as shinny.

Just my experience. I hope your PO's polish job involved a good compounding.
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Just reading others post and became curious. How long will a correctly done polish last?

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Just reading others post and became curious. How long will a correctly done polish last?

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There are too many variables to say exactly:
  • Climate
  • Humidity
  • Stored indoors or out
  • Wax or protectant applied after polish
We look at it as an ongoing process, recompounding each spring with 'C' & Cyclo'g with 'S' then reCyclo'g each fall with 'S'. Our thought is we would rather keep it looking good all the time rather than let it go bad and have to start over. It basically takes about 2-3 weekends a year...no biggie!

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I completed my polish a couple of months ago, prior to a couple of outings that we had planned. I took a look at the condition of the finish last night, as we have some camping coming soon. From across the yard (100 feet) it looks sweet. Up close, as I suspected the "haze" is returning to the aluminum. Bottom line is it has held up as I had suspected.
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Well, it looks like I will have to continue compounding on that one side of the trailer. It appears to be a little stubborn but I have plenty of pre-polish and 4 wool pads. I am wiping up with mineral spirits every other time I go over the same surface.
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Old 08-07-2005, 06:21 PM   #10
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Here is the stubborn side !
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Well, it looks like I will have to continue compounding on that one side of the trailer. It appears to be a little stubborn but I have plenty of pre-polish and 4 wool pads. I am wiping up with mineral spirits every other time I go over the same surface.
Craig,

I have not had any experience with Rolite but I have used Nuvite for all my polishing. Nuvite 'C' and a compound buffer will take almost any oxidation off with one or two passes except for the really stubborn areas then use Nuvite 'F7' or 'G6'.

Since you are using Rolite, might I suggest that you use Liquid Glass to seal the compounded area. It will help slow the spotting. When I did mine, I compounded and polished to a finish, an area of about 6X6 feet rather than compounding the whole trailer then go back and start polishing. There are a couple of reasons for doing so. First if you do the area to a finish, it will resist spotting and oxidizing since the last thing you do is apply a sealer. The aforementioned Liquid Glass is an excellent sealer. I am told that Nu Finish is also an excellent sealer. That comes from Herb Spies (Speez) who took best of show at the last International Rally in Springfield Mo. Second it will force you to make the area you are currently working on look as good as the one you just finished.

There are as many ways of polishing as there are those who polish their trailers. Good luck with yours. A 31' polished Airstream is a thing of beauty.
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My original idea was to compound the entire trailer but found some areas didn't need it. I figured, and figured wrong, that I could do half the trailer with Rolite and come back with the AP300 then the polymer sealant. I will compound an area with pre-polish, cyclo with Rolite, cyclo with AP300 then seal each area. I hope to get the rest of the trailer like the back end (those railroad ties are not sitting on the rear bumper by the way):
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It is looking great. Keep up the good work and keep us posted on how it is going.
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Thanks for the input. It's after 8:30 p.m. and I just put up both the polishers. The sealer I am using (starting today) is Terminator HT-62 by Hi-Temp Products Company. I think I got it through either Airstream Dreams or Perfect Polish, I don't remember.

It looks like I'd better take a few days off work next week and a few hours here and there this week in order to get an early start in the morning before it gets too hot to polish. I'd continue later in the evening than this but mosquitos tried to carry me off the ladder.
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