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Old 08-17-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Applying Griots Sealer - How?

So I will be using this product annually on the AS after reading reviews on this website and a couple others.

My question is: how do you go about applying it?

I see per some reading that you can do it all by hand, but a machine of some sort will work in the sealer better? and quicker?

Which one:

PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher - Amazon.com

or

PORTER-CABLE 7346SP 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander with Polishing Pad - Amazon.com

or something else?

Or just do it all by hand and save the 100 bucks?

If you use the machine, you buy the orange pads? How many to do a 30' bunkhouse? How much griots will I use as well? I have already 6 or so microfiber towels for removing the griots after application and wait time....can you use the machine to remove it as well?

I want to be sure I do this right and not damage the clear coat as well.

Thanks for advice in advance!
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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One orange applicator pad is sufficient, just rinse it if it picks up anything. Microfiber for removal. It can just as effectively be done by hand. I used the Porter Cable from Griot's to apply as well as remove, but the microfiber on removal had to be switched out fairly often. I now do it by hand. I used 2/3 of a 16oz bottle on our 34'. It is available by the gallon if you call them.
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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I would recommend the random orbit polisher, remove by hand with micro fiber towels, easy peasy. Machine application is far superior and you can use the random orbit on your cars as well.

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Old 08-17-2013, 07:04 PM   #4
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Get the one that includes the velcro pad. All Griot's foam pads are velcro backed, easy on and off. The wax, sealer and polish removal bonnets will all fit over the white foam pad you see in the picture. (7346SP).

One 16oz bottle of the sealer will do our 25' Classic at least three times.
Use sparingly, (very). Three nickel sized drops will do 5' square panel. I use the rivet lines as an aid. Once on it can be difficult to see, a slight overlap makes sure you haven't missed any thing. I do two panels, wipe with MF cloth.
When done I go over the entire trailer with the polishing bonnet on the orbital.
The spray on wax and detailing spray comes in handy for quick touch-ups between sealer applications.

Here's a link on their website that gives some good tips.

The green and blue MF cloths are the best I've found. This is also well worth the 12 bucks.

All their products are first class, excellent CS. Give them a call they will help with all your questions.

I would get two each of the red and orange pads.

This is a must have for washing.

The car wash soap is sooper slick and won't damage the Clear.
NEVER use Dawn or any dish soap.

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Old 08-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #5
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I use all three of the sealant products: Paint Sealant, One-step Sealant, and Paint Glaze. I use the Paint Sealant on the Airstream, and while I do have the 6" orbital, I actually prefer to do the trailer by hand. The Paint Sealant is super on the trailer. I use the other two products on my cars. A 16 oz bottle of these products go a VERY long way. As an added testament to Griot's products, I have a Lamborghini that gets a lot of TLC from using their car care line. There are none better, IMHO.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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Great detail! Thanks!!
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I have like 150 bucks worth of amazon points...Im going to unload on stuff for cleaning and the sealant
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i read on their site...kinda foggy to me the orange vs. red pads? I guess Ill call them up next week and get details...
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I'll def buy that mop stick to wash with

I guess I'll be needing a ladder to do some of this

What do you all do to the roof as far as cleaning and after?
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I'll def buy that mop stick to wash with

I guess I'll be needing a ladder to do some of this

What do you all do to the roof as far as cleaning and after?

I just wash it once at Spring get-ready.(good time to check for leaks).
Rinse real well. The white coating gets chalky over time and will leave white streaks down the sides. no big deal just looks funky.

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Old 08-19-2013, 04:13 PM   #11
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on SALE for 50 bucks on amazon...dewault random orbital 5 inch

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...e_epc__1p_0_ti

this is 5 vs. 6 inch...would this work great for the job or should I hold out for a deal on the griots or porter-cable 6 inch random orbital variety?
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I would stick with the PC unit.

That looks to be more a sander than polisher. DW is into wood stuff and has gone thru several of the cheepies.

Better off with the more robust unit.

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I've had the Porter-Cable polisher for about 8 years. A very well made piece of equipment, also easy to use. Bought it from Griot's -- and it comes in a great metal case to store/carry it.
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yeah, ill hold out for the PC unit....any idea on how low the price tag can go as far as a sale?
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