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Old 09-16-2012, 07:05 PM   #201
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I'm amazed Laura allowed you into the house for that photo, I'd guess that she would send one of the boys to hose off the top few layers of crud first.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:12 PM   #202
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I'm amazed Laura allowed you into the house for that photo, I'd guess that she would send one of the boys to hose off the top few layers of crud first.

Ha! That's funny.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:43 PM   #203
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:57 PM   #204
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Hey Vernon,
Nice cammo! You'd fit right in around my shop amongst the cotton fuzz and polish dust! Speaking of arms, mine are no longer sore. Kind of a semi-permanent numbness. I think when I'm done with this polishing I may hit the arm wrestling circuit Nah! Just kidding. Having flashbacks of Sly in "Over The Top"

I started on the front corner. Whew! What a chore. Pits, scrapes, scratches, rock chips and filiform corrosion.

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This is all the black emory bar so far. I've read a lot of polishing threads lately and I'd recommend that you find what works best for you and your trailer's skin. I'd like to reiterate the respect I have for people that shine their own trailers and the people out there making a living at polishing aluminum.
I got another box of supplies from Caswell today. I'm on my third treated airway wheel. It is slow and tiring, but I'm liking the results.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #205
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Some more progress on polishing

I tackled the fron curved panel that was replaced about ten years ago. It is a new panel with the same milled finish as the new trailers have. I think I made about six passes with the black bar and three passes with the white bar on the loose cotton wheel. It turned out pretty well. Still lots of work ahead of me to finish.
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I also got the hitch components painted and installed.
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Sweet! Just got some Nuvite to play with. Guess I better start looking at those polishing threads....
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:27 PM   #207
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Nice cool Sunday for polishing.

It was a very nice Sunday here in central Texas. Getting a bit cooler. The high was only in the mid eighties today. I spent about four hours polishing today. Almost half done with the first cut.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #208
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #209
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Lookin' Good, Top!! Are you even gonna need a second cut?
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:24 PM   #210
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Nice job there TOP. I bet it won't heat up in the sun as much. You better not stand too close to it when the sun is out.

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:48 PM   #211
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Many Thanks

Thanks Frank, Bruce and Perry.
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Thanks! That means a lot coming from you.
Bruce,
She will need a final pass with white to lessen the scratches that can be seen straight on. The color is coming out well. I'm pretty happy with the combination I'm using.
Perry,
I think I saw a table you posted about reflectance and emisivity of polished aluminum vs paints. Very interesting. Hopefully a good shine will make a difference in the Texas summer. I was planning on painting the roof white, but I think I may just polish it too. We'll see how my hands and arms feel when I get to that stage.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:07 PM   #212
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Your trailer looks great! White bar and black bar, man I have some learning to do. I have read about nuvite but what are these bars?

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:55 PM   #213
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Method

Thanks Al,
She has come a long way in the two years we've owned her.
Buffs and bars are a method of polishing aluminum that has been around for a long time. This method is different than the Nuvite method. All polishing in its simplest form is using some type of abrasive and a carrier to "reform" the surface of the metal.
Read this-
http://www.highwayshine.com/cat/Guid...+Aluminum.html and this
Check out these videos on youtube.
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I buy my supplies from caswellplating.com There are others like Matchless, Buff Polish & Grind, FORMAX, Jestco
There are many ways to shine aluminum. Chose what you think will work best for you.
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Chose what you think will work best for you.

90% of any job is the right tool. In this case, CYCLO or SPEC Rolite.

Reading those two sites and what is around here on how to use them ought to keep a man out of trouble quite awhile.

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Black bars, white bars, reminds me of my old residence. Just kidding.
Trailer looks great.
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The white paint will give you the best overall thermal properties because the emmisivity of the aluminum even polished is not great. But polished is much better than gray because it won't absorb as much heat to start with. I would like to see clear coated aluminum numbers. If you can get by with polished and not bake in the TX sun, I would stay polished. A lot of heat comes in windows as well. Shade is your friend.

Keep up the good work.

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I think I saw a table you posted about reflectance and emisivity of polished aluminum vs paints. Very interesting. Hopefully a good shine will make a difference in the Texas summer. I was planning on painting the roof white, but I think I may just polish it too. We'll see how my hands and arms feel when I get to that stage.
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Ceramiflex would have to be easier than polishing on the roof, wouldn't it?
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:42 AM   #218
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What is the down side to having to strip paint and recoat everytime you have to fix a vent or something?

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Ceramiflex would have to be easier than polishing on the roof, wouldn't it?
Yes it probably would. I'm concerned with the paint that I choose leaving streaks on the polished skin from rain, dew, etc. I have seen this on polished trailers with KoolSeal on the roof. If I decide to paint the roof, I'm sort of leaning toward an automotive base/clear to make sure there are no streaks from the paint chalking or bleeding. Of course, this would probably be pretty costly.
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Yes it probably would. I'm concerned with the paint that I choose leaving streaks on the polished skin from rain, dew, etc. I have seen this on polished trailers with KoolSeal on the roof. If I decide to paint the roof, I'm sort of leaning toward an automotive base/clear to make sure there are no streaks from the paint chalking or bleeding. Of course, this would probably be pretty costly.
Just figure the cost of polishing the roof at your shop rate, that'll make prime/paint/clear seem a little cheaper.
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