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Old 03-04-2007, 06:22 PM   #15
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Mothers can't be used to do a whole trailer, it is only for small jobs.

The drill isn't going to work either, you need the buffing wheel.

You can compound with 3 different grades of compound where the skin is oxadizied.

Black for severe areas the most abrasive, short of 2,000 grit sandpaper.

Red I suggest this for most areas of oxadation.

White for very minor areas.

Then use some type of Nuvite or I used Metalwax.com polish.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:05 PM   #16
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I found Mothers to be pretty good for smaller areas, but does not cut through the really badly clouded looking spots.
For that I have used the Tool Box polish, and it worked well. but still best for my use was the Purple Polish with the addition of the deoxidizer liquid, for especially bad spots.
It cut right thru and took little effort, done by hand. Understand I am not looking to mirror shine my trailer, but I want a nice relatively shiny clean look.
I got that with no power tools, and then I used Liquid Glass to "seal" the finish.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:03 PM   #17
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Yet another question....

Will a ladder work well for this job or do I need scafolding to get it done? I am planning on buying a ladder to take with me so now might be the time for that purchase...
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Old 03-13-2007, 03:46 PM   #18
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We got these metal saw horses at Home Depot and attached a couple of 2x12's. Much cheaper than those articulating ladders.

Also got a cool aluminum bench-like step stool it's about 3-4 feet long & 18" high...works great for lower (but beyond reach) areas. It also doubles as a bench, table step stool when camping...best thing we ever got! I think we got it at either Lowe's or Home Depot for under $50. Not sure if I have pics on my website of these or not...I can post some later tonight after I get home from work.

Ah...I found a pic of the bench:



And the sawhorses/2x12's (sort of):



Then when working on the top...we really got creative!



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Old 03-13-2007, 08:48 PM   #19
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Great Idea! I like the saw horse approach and the step/bench thing might be just the thing for on the road
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:01 PM   #20
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ingrid jumps in

Can anyone tell me how heavy the polisher is, the Cyclo?
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:11 PM   #21
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And I don't even golf!

It's 6-1/2 lbs. I can lift it and barely use it, but not for long. But then again, I have medial epicondylitis in both elbows so I can't lift anything right now. I've wanted to chip in on the polishing effort...but I can't. Heck, I can't even lift a gallon of milk!

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Old 03-14-2007, 12:41 AM   #22
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Ouch. My Mom had carpal tunnel and had t have surgery, it really affects your life.

I'm asking because I think I'm finding out that I enjoy tedious repetitive jobs. I can get started on something and do it for hours and I don't seem to get bored. I liked painting my frame, taking off gasket with a Dremel, and polishing little parts; I just daydream. So...waiting in between these big jobs on the AS, I could still get out there and polish. I wonder, is it foolish to polish before it's done being rehabbed? I sure wouldn't paint a house before it's done being remodeled. It's always the last thing.

Any thoughts?
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:12 AM   #23
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Wax Off! on edit...Sorry typing error: It was Pat Morita... Ed
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:26 AM   #24
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I found Mothers to be pretty good for smaller areas, but does not cut through the really badly clouded looking spots.
For that I have used the Tool Box polish, and it worked well. but still best for my use was the Purple Polish with the addition of the deoxidizer liquid, for especially bad spots.
It cut right thru and took little effort, done by hand. Understand I am not looking to mirror shine my trailer, but I want a nice relatively shiny clean look.
I got that with no power tools, and then I used Liquid Glass to "seal" the finish.
Due to the high price of Nuvite, I decided to try Mothers for my final polish, after using Nuvite C (medium). I did the whole trailer with Mothers with good result. I never tried the fine grade of Nuvite, and can't compare them. I used less than one container of mothers for my 21' trailer at about $5.
I WAS able to compare the price of Mothers with Nuvite. I would (will) use Mothers again.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:09 PM   #25
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Has anyone ever used FLITZ? My motorcycling friends swear by it.
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I came to look for this exact subject. Last year I did my airstream with a buffer pad on a variable speed drill, and an orbital buffer. I was able to do one side without swirls, but I had a pad tear on the other side which resulted in swirls on one of the panels that I couldn't get all the way out. I'm happy enough with the shine. The results are far less then the shine I see on some of the online pics, but I wasn't looking for a show shine. I have an 81 which I believe is the year that the finish on the skin changed. It's not as brushed in appearance as the new models I've seen, but I don't think I could ever get the mirror shine of the older models. I'm thinking of buying the cyclo to go over it one more time, and see if I can get the swirls out of the panel. Then I would just go over it again with liquid glass, and finally wax.
If anyone has any experience with the cyclo, do you think it would take out the lite swirls left by the torn buffer pad?
Do you think I would see a noticeable improvement over that of the the buffer I've used?
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If anyone has any experience with the cyclo, do you think it would take out the lite swirls left by the torn buffer pad?
Nope, I don't think so - unless an agressive paste-type compound is used. It doesn't take out scratches as much as get rid of the directional swirls left after compounding to get at the scratches.

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I think you'll need to go over it again with the disc polisher using a new pad to get out the scratches. Then use a cyclo or orbital buffer if you want to refine the finish.
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