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Old 02-23-2005, 09:42 AM   #1
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Polishing...the downside

Hello Everyone,

As I continue my cross country trek I've been thinking about the pro's & con's of polishing.

From the snow & salt of Michigan to the sandblasting of the Desert in Big Bend, I hate to think what my poor Globetrotter would look like now if I had started out polished.

Don't get me wrong, I love a polished trailer and used to own a 66 Caravel I buffed myself.

I just can't help but thinking how it would have gnawed at my guts as I clawed through the snow or spun down a muddy road in four wheel drive if I were puling a shiny rig.

Has anyone done a beautiful polish job and found they were reluctant to pull their trailer everywhere...as intended?

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Old 02-23-2005, 10:34 AM   #2
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In my experience - a polish job will last a long time - but then I'm in the dry southwest. I pulled my trailer to New Jersey and back through all kinds of rain and the polish job held up great. Just update once a year or so and I think you will be fine.

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Old 02-23-2005, 02:31 PM   #3
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Has anyone done a beautiful polish job and found they were reluctant to pull their trailer everywhere...as intended?
Thanks,
I did exactly that om my former '71 Caravel. After countless hours of stripping and polishing, I wound up with a very nice shiny trailer which I was reluctant to take to my favorite backwoods camping spots. I was not only concerned with spoiling the polish job, I worried about brush scratches, gravel dings, etc.
I also came to realize that, since I don't have inside storage, maintaining the shine was going to be an ongoing battle. I sold it last fall.
Ideally, I would like to have 2 AS's.... 1 for show at rallies and such, and 1 for the rugged use I subject my TT to. Unfortunately that's just not within my budget right now. Maybe some day.
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:59 PM   #4
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As one who looks at the clearcoat peel and thinks a lot about what we want to do about it...would a polish / clearcoat provide the better (not best - as I don't think mirror is an option with clearcoat) of both worlds?
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