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Old 03-25-2004, 10:53 AM   #15
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"Not a dumb question at all.."
The answer to that question seems to be quite elusive for most of us.
It's would seem that the proper answer is; "To be on the order of a 'personal choice'.
A majority of those who have polished their A/S seem to agree on this one point.
Once you've polished it, it'll require a semi-annual application of efforts to maintain its luster.
I would suggest to you, thatís where a personal choice factor comes into play.
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:46 PM   #16
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I agree, it is a semi-annual (twice a year) polishing with your favorite polish. Auto wax won't keep it from oxydizing especially in the salt-rich Coastal Florida environment. In fact it could be as often and every 3 to 4 months depending on your personal preference.

The follow-on polishings can be accomplished in a few hours (20-30) depending on the size of your trailer. I have found Metal Gloss applications by hand followed by Nuvite 'S' with the cyclo polisher does and excellent job.

Optionally I have heard applying clear coat is one solution.

I have heard pros and cons to clear coating after polishing. The pro is it only has to be done every 5 years. The con is the clear coat won't adhere to the polished aluminum very well. I am not sure what the truth is since I haven't had any experience with clear coat, except for removing it. That was no picnic.

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Old 03-25-2004, 09:24 PM   #17
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The thing in the back window is a VW solar charger.

There were two people who worked on my Airstream. One was the owner and he did most of the finish work. Pierre the owner put in about six days and the second man about four. They did charge by the foot and were average priced. To find them I called a few places at my local small airport. I think he was happy when he left because he said it was ok to give out his name on this site. It was his first Airstream but after seeing some of the work he did on airplanes and checking out his tools I felt he would do a good job. If you would like to see more about him go to www.airwash.com. I posted about him because the only people I could find were very far away from my location and I though maybe someone else may want to use him.

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Old 03-25-2004, 09:34 PM   #18
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By linear foot, do you mean per foot of trailer length or linear foot from tongue around to tongue? I hope linear foot of trailer.
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Old 03-26-2004, 12:33 PM   #19
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Re: Airmark and SS?

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When I polish a trailer ... it will easily cost $100 to $150+ in all four grades of NUVITE.

When people hear of $100+ dollars per foot for polishing ... they seldom factor in that fact that it can cost up to $400+/- in supplies to do it right.
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So, you're saying to have a trailer polished, it's the cost of the various polishing compounds (around $400.00) and then the additional $100.00 per square foot?

A 23Ft Safari would run about... ?
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Old 03-26-2004, 03:11 PM   #20
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Costs to polish??

I can only speak for my charges ...

$100 per foot ..... I provide all of the supplies.

That includes Aircraft stripper to remove clearcoat,
rags to remove the stripper, wool, terri, and sponge, pads of all sorts to apply and remove the polish, more rags, and a decent wax after its all said and done, not to mention to cost of the usage of the laundry mat (several times during the process) to wash the towels and rags, and I will usually provide Vulkem where needed.

The only variable would be an increase in the per foot fee if the trailer is heavily oxidized due to clear coat failure. Severely oxidized trailers need much more componding. Scratches can affect the price also.

23 foot Safari ... sight unseen .... $2,300. When do you want me to start??

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Old 03-28-2004, 07:43 AM   #21
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Ouch!

The Safari, itself, cost $2,700.

...plan B!
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:03 PM   #22
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What's the name of the polishing business please.

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Old 06-18-2013, 12:15 PM   #23
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Anyone know who did the great job in the first place?

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Old 06-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #24
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This post is from 9 years ago. I doubt the OP or the company is around any more.
There's a link to the company, but it's not about polishing.
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I don't think they are around anymore. First place to look for someone would be your local medium size airport. That is where they do most of there work.
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