I've decided to not strip and polish my '71 Globetrotter since the clearcoat is in pretty good shape, and I kind of like the vintage patina. However, I think it would look incredible if I removed all the attached aluminum pieces and polished them to a mirror.
Here are my questions: What is the order that you would do things for longevity, and what products are the best?
As a test piece I removed the over-the-door light cover and wire wheeled all the oxidation off, then sanded it up to 1500
grit, and it was shiny as a new penny. I didn't apply any sealer or wax but just reinstalled it, thinking I would put something on in a day or two. That turned into a month, and it looks worse than before! Completely rough and re-oxidized.
Any advice out there so I don't spin my wheels again?