interior polishing and rough curtain track
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RE: Curtain Tracks
I experienced the "sticky operation" of my draperies in my Overlander after purchase, and found that there were two culprits. The first culprit was a build up of paint from previous owners interior repaints. The second culprit was wear on the drapery glides.
The solution was to get a a very fine grit sanding sponge to clean up the bottom of the track. Cleaning the paint build-up from the track that was hidden by the top rail was much more difficult - - resorted to a steel rod with a piece of top-grade fine sandpaper wrapped around it. Replacing the sliders was the second part of the solution - - the glides are actually a current Kirsch Drapery hardware product (at least for my '64 Overlander). When I had my interior redone, I purchased some extra glides from the Fowlers.
RE: Cleaning/Polishing Interior Trim
Cleaning and polishing the interior trim is just like handling the exterior only on a smaller scale. The bumps you are seeing are very similar to the pitting that you might see on an old chrome bumper that has been exposed to the elements. These can be polished out using a "Dremel" tool with a polishing kit (I found my kits at WalMart). Walbernize, at least the formula that is readily available at most Airstream dealers is strictly a wax-type product it has very little if any polishing capability - - there is an older formula of Walbernize designed for non-plasticoated coaches that does have polishing grit but it will damage plasticoated surfaces.
RE: Waxing/Preserving Exterior Finish
There is no reason why you shouldn't apply a coat of Walbernize to the exterior of your coach. The modern formulation of Walbernize is quite easy to apply and will maintain your current level of gloss if applied at least twice a year.
Good luck with your cleaning project!
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)