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Old 09-23-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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waxing agent for bare, polished aluminum (not clearcoated)

There are threads out the wazoo (and a whole subforum) about polishing, but I'd like to start one on waxing agents for use after polishing for Airstreams that will not be clearcoated subsequently.

I'm finishing up our polish job and decided to use a waxing agent (NuFinish?) on the middle roof section as soon as it was polished. I wasn't impressed. So I tried it on one segment of a freshly polished endcap, and was even more unimpressed. It showed streaks and smudges, and it actually brought out polished scratches. I removed the stuff with paint thinner.

So the question for you is this: What waxing agent do you use on your polished, bare aluminum?

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Old 09-23-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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Hmm, I thought that when brought to a mirror finish, nothing else needed to be done? Now I am re-thinking the stripping and polishing of our Argosy.
I have read a lot about Nuvite being the polish of choice.
I am subscribed to this thread to see what else comes up.

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EDIT Just found this info: http://www.nuvitechemical.com/images...Procedures.pdf
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I tried the basic gold carnuba (meguiars) and was similarly unimpressed. I'm looking for something that will provide sheeting action as I'm sick of water bead residue.

I stripped it off too

Looking forward to what other people have tried. I also tried sharkhide and it dulled the surface significantly IMHO.
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Used this product last week. Liquid Glass. Worked well, and as a first wax after polish it helped remove some water spots and fine oxidation that had reformed on some panels that were first done. Happy with the product. Just google it for a local distributor.
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Interesting suggestion, David and Andrea! Just the kind of information I'm looking for!

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Used this product last week. Liquid Glass. Worked well, and as a first wax after polish it helped remove some water spots and fine oxidation that had reformed on some panels that were first done. Happy with the product. Just google it for a local distributor.
+1 for Liquid Glass. Works great on cars/trucks as well.

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I just clicked "place your order" on Amazon for it!

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About the final waxing approach. We used "Heavy Traffic Floor Wax" from Home Depot.

Sounded totally crazy to me at first, but it's held up very well and still looks awesome on a fiberglass unit.

Anybody else try this wax approach as their 'clear coat'??

DETAILS: Last year we restored a "Fiberstream." Cute little, very lightweight, unit from the '80's. My research showed that many owners were using a rather unusual prep, polish, and finish approach. Took total of 6 hrs for entire process!

It's fully documented on the the Fiberglass RV site: New Fiber Stream Owner- Maryland - Fiberglass RV

After cleaning with TSP, scotch brite pads, and BarKeepers Friend scrub, it was finalized with four very light coats of the High Traffic Floor Wax.

We are in process of testing this final covering on an Airstream with a new Polishing Vendor here in Maryland (Rockville area). They were only doing tractor trailer units, but have expanded to other aluminum trailers (mostly food service) using a set of more advanced much less expensive polishing techniques. We will keep you posted on our test subject.
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I find the polymer sealants work well for me. I test the product on a mirror in my garage. If it clouds the mirror, it will cloud my Airstream. Polymer sealants like NuFinish and Race Car Glaze seem to help protect from water spotting and I don't get the hazing like I do with carnauba waxes. I see Cyclo sells one too, but I haven't tried it yet.

I wish Nuvite made a product for sealing up a polished aluminum surface.

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Attending a local boat show here in Sarasota county I was introduced to a product call Fritz paint and metal polish. It is also available on Ebay, Amazon and auto stores, as well as West Marine. Best applied the paste with an applicator made for the product. I was and I am still amazed at how easy the application of the polish was and is.

Not cheap but what it does to aluminum after stripping the clear coat amazed me. Try it you'll like it. I have no connection with the product but wish I did it's really good.
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Bill & Janice, we are just finishing removing the clear coat on our trailer. Did you use the Fritz product instead of the Nuvite polishing that most people seem to use? Would lov e more details on your results. We aren't going to attempt a mirror finish, just something nice and clean looking. Heck, just getting the clear coat off looks 100% better!
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Bill & Janice, we are just finishing removing the clear coat on our trailer. Did you use the Fritz product instead of the Nuvite polishing that most people seem to use? Would lov e more details on your results. We aren't going to attempt a mirror finish, just something nice and clean looking. Heck, just getting the clear coat off looks 100% better!
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O Shiny, I am so happy with the results. At some point I will try to get a good picture of the results for all to see. I am in the middle of the project. As a friend of mine says, "life gets in the way". I was looking for the same results as you are striving for. Analogy: It is like getting a hair cut as it looks as it should, not like it was just cut, but nice and clean. The product works easily and with the applicator wheel for the drill makes it that easy. I was told that the preferred RPM speed for best results should be 1200 RPM. I was also told that 1 quart will do 25 feet of Airstream.

BTW I tried it on my wife's 1982 Mercedes 380 SL, which has oxidized paint, WOW, to my surprise, a SHINE! I was going to paint it but now maybe with Fritz, I won't have too we'll see. On the car I used an additional coat of spray wax. If I were you all I would search "youtube" for Fritz and see for yourselves. There are a few videos out there.
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Is the product called Flitz vs Fritz?
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Is the product called Flitz vs Fritz?
Sorry, must be dyslexia or something, so sorry FLITZ.
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