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Yes, I sure would, for the sake of my arms & body 4 13.79%
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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Would you give up some mirror shine if.....

You never had to worry about bird droppings eating through your wax, rain drops leaving spots, and you NEVER had to polish your trailer again? Those are the pros of Sharkhide. I used it last year on my entire trailer & it worked well. I decided to mirror finish my trailer based on that fact. However, the mirror finish seems to dull a bit upon application. It also seems to accentuate imperfections in the finish that simple waxing doesn't. Lastly, it's a PITA to apply the first time, & can leave streaks in the finish. The pros are pretty strong, but the cons are there too. What would you do?
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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Apply more 'elbow grease'!
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:13 AM   #3
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No, I don't wax my trailer.

Hi, my trailer has never been waxed and looks as good as new or better. It is not a stripped and polished trailer, no mirror shine. Going on five years and so far so good. These are the pictures [also posted on other threads] of my trailer after it's most recent wash job.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:04 AM   #4
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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When folks suggest that I polish my airstream, I respond: "That will be a great project for the next owner."
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:30 AM   #6
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Polishing is great excercise (sp) but like they say, it is labor intensive and you will have your 'moments' along the way. But like I said it is a great way to exercise and be outside in the sweltering heat and humidity. Great way to sweat!
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:38 PM   #7
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I had someone do the initial polish - he said he would never do it again - very labor intensive - how do I keep it up - do not want to use a buffer. Is there anyway to hand polish?
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:03 PM   #8
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yes Lisa Marie there is a way to hand polish. apply polish to hand....and rub. I am sorry I couldnt resist.
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It's not your fault....she left it wide open--you had to do it. I think it was said best on one of th eposts...."more elbow grease"; or "that's a great job for the next owner." You just gotta love someone who knows his priorities.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:37 AM   #10
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Well, I've decided that I want to be part of the obcessive compulsive polisher's club. I'm removing the Sharkhide that I put on & putting on Liquid Glass instead. It just took away too much of the shine that I worked so hard for!
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So what exactly is the Sharkhide?

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:16 PM   #12
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My polished trailer has slowly gone back to a dull finish after about 6 years (the PO polished it). I'd really like to have a nice matt finish like the new trailers have. The super shiny stuff is fine if you're into it, but I don't want to maintain that.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:48 PM   #13
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It's some stuff that I was experimenting with. You clean the aluminum really well with Lacquer Thinner & then apply the Sharkhide. It keeps bird droppings, oxidization & permanent spots from rain off. However, it also takes down the shine about 30 percent in my estimation. I used it last year when my trailer wasn't polished. I was pretty happy with the results then. The downfall is it's tricky to put on & can leave streaks. With the polished trailer, it shows every imperfection of the polish job. I thought I had the solution for all of us who do have a mirror finish (I had a trailer before this one that I polished & searched for the solution to polishing every year) However, I just wasn't as happy with it for a mirror finish & decided to remove what I already put on (about 3/4 of the trailer!).
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It's some stuff that I was experimenting with. You clean the aluminum really well with Lacquer Thinner & then apply the Sharkhide. It keeps bird droppings, oxidization & permanent spots from rain off. However, it also takes down the shine about 30 percent in my estimation. I used it last year when my trailer wasn't polished. I was pretty happy with the results then. The downfall is it's tricky to put on & can leave streaks. With the polished trailer, it shows every imperfection of the polish job. I thought I had the solution for all of us who do have a mirror finish (I had a trailer before this one that I polished & searched for the solution to polishing every year) However, I just wasn't as happy with it for a mirror finish & decided to remove what I already put on (about 3/4 of the trailer!).
I heard that lacquer thinner is really rough on aluminum. I use mineral spirits for cleaning.
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