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Old 08-26-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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What polish product to use

I am going to take delivery of a 2011 30' International Serenity. I bought it as salvage and Airstream Northwest is replacing the damaged parts. There is some oxidation and scratches on the aluminum. In doing research, I found three products recommended. Walbernize is frequently mentioned but it appears to not last too long (but easy to apply). Glare is supposed to last a year but seems to take more effort to apply. Then Griot's Paint Polish is also given good reviews. Does anyone have feedback on these and also how much of the product will I need? Thanks! Rick Todd
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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I am using Nuvite II. Does a good job but need 3 or 4 steps (4 in our case) and each step requires a different grade.
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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All the Polish products are good....and tasty! The Pig in the Blankets, Pierogis and any sausage will do ya!
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:20 PM   #4
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Kind of like asking what's your favorite color.

I would be concerned about the "oxidation and scratches on the aluminum". I think the oxidation you mention would be filiform corrosion. There are many references by searching this forum, and if you can wade through the rants about Airstream quality, the are some good tips on how to repair it hidden within.

Basically comes down to gently removing any large filiform areas, treating with a corrosion preventive product such as CorrosionX, and touchup with acrylic or Nylac clear coat.

Corrosion prevention treatments and inspection for water leaks are a necessary part of good Airstream maintenance. And any quality polish keeps it shiny.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:28 PM   #5
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I find Walbernize lasts a year. I want to do it every spring anyway so I use Walbernize because it is so easy.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:21 PM   #6
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Liquid Glass, a polymer base polish is good also. Does well for me in the south Texas sun.


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Old 08-29-2014, 08:54 PM   #7
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All the Polish products are good....and tasty! The Pig in the Blankets, Pierogis and any sausage will do ya!
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Now that's funny.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:13 PM   #8
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Lord have mercy sausage and wax all in the same thread.

For years I have detailed cars with various products but NOTHING worked on my Airstream. I have the coated metal like yours and when I finally started treating it like plastic, did I get some results. Here are some products that have worked for me:

Scratch Doctor- NuFinish
Plastx Meguire
Plexus
Boeshield T9 (corrosion killer-turns it black- WD40-like with wax)

I have Glare and some other stuff - no stick or something like that from a rally but it seems to get dirty anyway. Then I bought that $200 no water kit with the big blue broom thing and that just smears dirt. Just FYI lots of money on bottled snake oils. Those are a few that worked. Different Airstream finishes though may be different.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:31 PM   #9
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All the Polish products are good....and tasty! The Pig in the Blankets, Pierogis and any sausage will do ya!
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Ha Ha! Just don't try to polish with polish sausage.
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I am using white diamond polish which was recommended on the forum. You can buy it at the auto supply stores.


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I've tried a number of different products and I think liquid glass beats them all. It leaves a clear protective coat once your done. The finish improves with each coat.



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I've tried a number of different products and I think liquid glass beats them all. It leaves a clear protective coat once your done. The finish improves with each coat.



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Love to try it. Where do I buy it. Thanks



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Love to try it. Where do I buy it. Thanks



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I think almost any automotive parts store would have it.

My body shop guy uses it on just about everything. He does all of my cars every spring. Next year he is going to do my new to me '02 Classic, also.
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Liquid Glass is my favorite. AutoZone sells it, less expensive at Amazon.
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