View Poll Results: would you polish again
NO WAY I did it once and learned my lesson 4 16.67%
Yes a mirror shine is the only way to go 13 54.17%
Yes but I would hire someone to do it for me 3 12.50%
Yes I need to polich the AS dear I can't come shopping , sorry you have to go alone 4 16.67%
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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would you polish again?

I polished my first AS but that was only 27 ft.
Now for the 32 I have striped the clearcoating and it already looks a lot better.
I got myself a set of gords polish, I tryed it on the propane tank covers and it seems to work OK
But a 32 is a lot of trailor to polish, and I know how much work I had on the 27.
The Big Q would you polish again?

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Old 06-13-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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My left shoulder hasn`t healed yet,and that was 6 months ago,next time I`ll have a cool one and supervize. Dave

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Old 06-13-2008, 08:05 PM   #3
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I have about 10- 12 more hours left to finish my "first cut" I have spent over 120 hours so far. Once it is done, I will not do it again.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:25 PM   #4
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I polished a small section of my 1948 Boles Aero. It has been 3 or 4 years since then and that section looks almost like the unpolished majority now. In a few more years the whole thing will look PERFECT if I just leave it alone.
If someone would like to polish my Safari I wouldn't stop them, but you can be sure I wouldn't keep it up.
As I have said before, my trailer and I are both getting old(er) and we both look the part.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:14 PM   #5
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:49 PM   #6
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I say No Way! And I didn't even do the work the first time My trailer was polished when I bought it. I have toyed with the idea of shining it back up, but then I would have to maintain that shine again. Right now it is five years weathered since it was polished, and I think it looks just about perfect. I guess if it starts looking ratty I might have to pay someone to polish it and clearcoat it, but unless I win the lottery, I don't see that happening!

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Old 06-14-2008, 05:50 AM   #7
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Ours has a clearcoat and WE DO NOT want to polish. We wash it only. Now we wonder should be do more? On a recent rally there was a clearcoat that looked neat.
They wash and Wolborize. Do you Wolborize? On the container we purchased it says: NOT recommended for clearcoat. Would you Wolborize? Aria
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:27 AM   #8
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Yes, I'm on the second one now

Yes, I'm on the second one now. First picture is of our 1965 Caravel and the next 2 pictures show our 1955 Safari, plan to polish the outside and the inside of the 1955 to a mirror finsh..............toastie
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:35 PM   #9
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Absolutely! We would (and ARE) doing it again...on two trailers.

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Old 06-15-2008, 11:05 AM   #10
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I havent even thought about doing a touchup polish until recently. Its been 3 years since I polished it and still think I can feel the pain. I have the luxury of having it stored inside when not in use. But it still needs to be done again. Im getting ready to do it again. Without a doubt im going to invest some big money into a easier tool to do the job. Im willing to spend 50 hours but not 200 again. I just saw a picture of myself where most of the oxidation ended up on my face and clothes. Maybe I will wait another year. Ive ben camping once a month for a while now and am having much more fun camping with it than working on it. But I do miss blinding everyone on the road.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:16 AM   #11
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It's a lot of work, but also teaches patience and persistence...wax on/wax off.....zen like. A nicely polished trailer is definitely a thing of beauty. Especially after the pain subsides. I do it because I like the way it looks and feels, more so than to entertain others in campgrounds. Polishing and protecting the polish job also protects the aluminum skin.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:25 AM   #12
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I like the shine

Polishing is on-going for me. I choose the one or two panels that need it most, and polish them. I never try to do the whole trailer at one time. I will see the difference in panels, but most others looking, see the whole trailer, not a panel or two that might not be quite as bright as the others.

I use the Nuvite/cyclo method. I apply a coat of Mother's carnuba wax, taking it off with the cyclo. It dulls the finish slightly, but it still looks nice and is very easy to keep clean.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:51 PM   #13
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I guess if I thought I could get mine looking as nice as Sheri's and Toasties trailers, I might be tempted to go for it!

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Old 06-17-2008, 06:19 AM   #14
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I did it once and, I'd say: It's time for another "boot shine".
Now where is that cyclo?

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