Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-15-2003, 08:07 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 12
Polishing Windows and Trim

What's the easiest way to polish window frames and trim work? I've gotten the skin just about done but now the windows look like crap. I can't get my buffer/polisher into the corners. I'm thinking about a buffing wheel on an electric drill.

LeeA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 08:25 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
overlander64's Avatar
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,484
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
Polishing Windows and Trim

Greetings Lee!

Welcome to the Forums!

You might consider trying a Dremel tool with the polishing kit. I recently purchased a polishing kit for my Dremel tool at Wal Mart to use when polishing the trim on my collector cars. It works very well for the detail work that I have encountered with the grill on my '84 Cadillac Eldorado. I haven't tried on the Airstream as I had the Ruths polish and Plasticoat the trailer a little over 18 months ago.

Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
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)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 02:53 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Chas's Avatar
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 949
Images: 22
I have the same problem. I don't really look forward to doing such detail polishing so I'm just gonna use steel wool on the trim. Petermh, one of our moderators told me about it's use. It should get rid of the black residue and shine it up a bit as well.

Can anyone tell that I've had enough of the polishing yet?

Chas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 03:13 PM   #4
1 Rivet Member
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 12
I've read not to use steel wool. Something about the steel getting imbedded in the aluminum and then rusting.

LeeA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 03:41 PM   #5
Contributing Member
Pahaska's Avatar
2018 Interstate Grand Tour Ext
Austin (Hays County) , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,009
Images: 4
bronze wool

I suggest bronze wool rather than steel wool. Bronze wool is what is used on homebuilt aircraft to prepare an aluminum surface for bonding. This came from my friendly A&E mechanic.
John W. Irwin
2018 Interstate GT, "Sabre-Dog V"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 04:12 PM   #6
Rivet Master
Chas's Avatar
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 949
Images: 22
Maybe it was stainless steel wool?? I guess the regular steel wool would be messy and leave a lot of residue.

Chas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 04:49 PM   #7
Rivet Master
InsideOut's Avatar

1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 12,124
Images: 108
While Rob has been compounding the trailer with Nuvite "C", I have been using "C" and a 6" wheel on an electric drill to polish the door & window jambs. I'm also using my Foredom (similar to a Dremmel tool) to get into the tiny places that the larger tools can't. Works like a charm!

I've heard the same about steel or stainless steel wool, for that matter ANY dissimilar metal on aluminum. Eventually, it'll cause rust or corrosion. For some of the really tough scratched areas that need "extra work" we have been using the plastic Scotch Brite pads that come in different grades and can be found at an automotive painter's supply store. We only use the fine & extra fine grades, before compounding. Works well...

InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Outside window trim Lido&Linda General Motorhome Topics 9 12-06-2003 04:30 PM
interior polishing and rough curtain track sammamishsafari Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 2 06-23-2003 04:03 PM
Vista View Windows On 1979 31' Soverign montanaandy Windows & Screens 14 10-17-2002 05:03 PM
Grey trim on the ouside of '61 Bambi windows 61BambiCanada Windows & Screens 1 05-21-2002 11:48 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.