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Old 07-11-2016, 07:56 PM   #15
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When it comes to polishing, there are many ways to go. Cyclo does the best job, but you can produce a great shine using the method I suggested to 2.7 who wanted a way to do it without buying a Cyclo. The method I suggested will get him many "how you get it so shinny" comments and will look good.

2.7, you do not need to buy the S. What I did is use F9, F7 or F6 or the F6 that turns to C, and C with the final cut done with Diamond Brite. The number of cuts at each stage depends on the condition of the trailer. There is a correlation between the number of cuts and the resulting finished shine. For the best results you would use multiple cuts with every F compound stepping all the way down to S using a Cyclo with S at the end. My trailer has so many things to spend money and time on that I experimented to get the fastest, least expensive way to a good shine.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. My biggest hold up right now is that the trailer is 2 hours away and I'm just now getting axles ordered for it. Hopefully sometime in the not too distant future I can pull it to my house to work on it.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:31 AM   #16
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:36 PM   #17
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Unhappy Polishing exterior aluminum window frames 93 AS

What is the best method of removing the "Mill Lines" on the window frames (At least I am told there called that). They are the small metal lines you see) I'm trying to polish the window frames but they only bring out the lines and look worse. Is it possible I can remove them with a fine grit (possibly 4 to 6 hundred grit sand paper) Would appreciate all suggestions on polishing and prepping these frames.
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:45 PM   #18
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I'm also interested.

I decided since some of the trim around the middle is pot metal and can't be shined, I would paint the pot metal aluminum color and leave the trim (and window frames) a matte finish. I'm using a fine brass wire wheel on the rill bit.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:59 PM   #19
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I have a cyclo and it is heavy and will work you to death. Bought a Porter-Cable orbit able a random sander(polisher) 6inch. Does a good job and much easier. Toaster
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:30 PM   #20
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Alternative to cyclo polishing

I've polished 4 trailers using the cyclo method and nuvite polishes before I discovered "DrAirstream" on Youtube demonstrating the "truckers' style" of polishing - that is, using a buffing wheel attached to a right angle grinder.Check him out.

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Old 07-16-2016, 09:14 PM   #21
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I did the gray bar and vented yellow wheel method, found that, yes it is fast, but I can get thru the clad surface quickly as well. I guess I can't judge when to quit.

I went the other way, now I use Nuvite and the same polisher with hook loop wheels


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I was going to try a 7 in air sander/polisher (Central Pneumatic 69583 Vertical Air Polisher/Sander) from Harbor Freight for the first round of polish. Thought it would be much lighter than the electric one. Anyone try that? What were the results?
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You're going to need a lot of air to polish a trailer with that air sander, I hope you're compressor is up to it.
Really any tool that spins will polish a trailer as long as you get the right speed.
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Thanks. I don't think my little pancake compressor will be strong enough. . .
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Polishing without a cyclo?

It wont be big enough, I doubt a typical hobbyist 3 hp compressor would drive it well.

I do love my pneumatic polisher though, it is a lot easier on the arms as compared to an electric polisher.


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