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Old 09-29-2015, 04:15 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by AIRTRVL View Post
I have a question, Are you applying this wax to your 1962 Tradewind? If you are does it have clear coat or is it polished aluminum? If it is bare aluminum that may be your problem. I believe that Walbernize and all auto waxes are meant to go on clear coated or panted surfaces not bare metal.
Yes, it's on the '62 Tradewind, and no, it doesn't have a clear coat, and is polished. I had that concern too, as I've read that in the old days, Walbernize had a version for clear coated trailers and one for non-clear coated trailers. Now it looks like there is only one version. I also think I read somewhere that the old clear coat version had a mild abrasive in it, but I can't verify that. The abrasive concerned me because I spend so much time polishing, that I didn't want an abrasive in the finish that was potentially coarser than my polish. I don't think the new version has any abrasive because I don't see it effecting the aluminum in any way.

I think Punch and D Green were correct about letting it dry too long. I played around with it a little this afternoon, and I think I'm getting better results now. I'll work on it more tonight to make sure.

I'm headed to Arkansas in less than two weeks with the trailer. I had hoped this would be a simple process. Now I'm worried about making a mess before I leave. I hate travelling with a sloppy looking trailer.

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Old 09-29-2015, 04:20 PM   #16

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The problem with the Walberstuff, is explained in the opening statement....... "two to three times per year".

In my experience, it just doesn't last as well as the newer offerings.


AF #1

"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:18 PM   #17
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I wax my AS twice a year (by hand) with Mother Carnuba cleaner/wax and after each camping trip it gets a bath. Once it's washed and dried, I apply some Mother detail spray and this has kept it looking like new and allows me to inspect and repair any issues.

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