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Old 03-14-2004, 07:50 AM   #1
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Walbernize on Tow Vehicle?

I purchased some from the local dealer, and asked if this could be used on my GMC pickup. They said, "Sure, no problem!". Anyone else tried using this stuff on a clearcoated vehicle?
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worked just fine on my suburban....
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The web site says it's safe on all finishes. It would be nice not to have duplicate products for the same job.

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worked fine on my z71 pick up and the trail blazer. it is a paint sealer. i used a simonize wax and sealer up till now on the airstream and vehicles. decided to use walbernizer in the qt bottles it is about the same price as the simonize. i got my supply from airstream dreams. http://www.airstreamdreams.com/ it was a bit cheaper than other sources, plus shipping isn't more than the walbernizer.
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Thumbs up The Pink Stuff

I had a old 1992 Dodge van (white) with some serious dark stains on the door outside - nothing would remove the 'stains in the paint' - but Walbernize made them go away almost instantly - it was rather amazing and very surprising. Good Stuff.

Does not work real good on the Airstreams SS rock guards, gets splotchy - it seems that the best thing for them is just soap and water.
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OK, I'll bite...; What is or what is so special about walbernize? Isn't wax, wax??
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Oh no, it's not JUST a wax. It's a cleaner. It's a polisher. It's a sealer. It's SUPER PINK STUFF!!
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Timely Tip

Thanks for the comment on the SS Rock Guards. I was ready to Walbernize mine for the first time today.

Guess is will just keep after them with soap and water.

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Polishing Rock Guards

Perhaps it's just mine but

After the pink stiff - I tried some metal polish - specifically for SS, same thing - rag turned black quickly, same splotchy look.

Has been several months now and they look good again - I suspect there is a lot of something on top of the SS & eventually I'd get a uniform appearance with no black residue on the rag - but it just ain't worth the effort.

I'd rather apply that level of effort to the trailer where there something to protect. SS will take care of itself.
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"Stainless" steel is only "stainless" because it is covered with a very fine film of "rust" after exposure to air. This virtually invisible layer protects the steel from further oxidation. Polishing with any abrasive polish just disturbs this layer, exposing the underlying metal, and the oxide has to re-form over time. That's why soap and water is best, as suggested above. It does not disturb the protective coating of oxide.This is particularly relevant on ocean-going yachts. Nick.
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Is this available at "most auto parts" stores; ie: Pep Boys?
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Pep Boy's?

I don't think so,.... but who knows

You can always go to your favorite Internet search engine and take a peek at the WWW.

Should be available at your friendly local Airstream dealer, or Airstream.com store and other places such as the Walbernize.com site. List price is about $13.00 / Qt - you typically see it for about $16.25 / Qt "RV Super Seal".

I'd either buy it at my dealer - or Walbernize.com (& pay the shipping)

The following is from the Walbernize home page:
Walbernize is committed to excellence in RV Care Products.

We have manufactured Waxes, Polishes, Sealers, and Cleaners for the RV industry since 1968. Our company offers products for any RV with a special emphasis on Airstream Coaches.

'nuff said
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Stainless is Stainless because it has a high nickel content, which is why stainless is so 'hard' and expensive to machine. Good stainless steel will never rust, cheap stainless steel (low nickel content) will rust. The magnet test always works.

However - everything else you said 'computes' - the black stuff coming off seemed to be oxidation, and a uniform appearance eventually returned.
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Doh, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stainless_steel states:-
Stainless steel
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In metallurgy, stainless steel is defined[1] as a ferrous alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content. Such steels have higher resistance to oxidation (rust) and corrosion in several environments. It was invented in 1912, at the research laboratory of Brown-Firth, Sheffield, England by Harry Brearley. He had been investigating ways to reduce corrosion in gun-barrels, when it was noticed that a discarded sample was not rusting.

High oxidation resistance in air at ambient temperature is normally achieved with additions of more than 12%(weight) chromium. The chromium forms a layer of chromium (III) oxide (Cr2O3) when exposed to oxygen. The layer is too thin to be visible, meaning the metal stays shiny. It is, however, impervious to water and air, protecting the metal beneath. Also, when the surface is scratched this layer quickly reforms.
References
[1] AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute)
[2] ISO 3506 standard

Other metals are added,to produce particular types of stainless steel, of course.

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