Trailer polishing information 2

After trying several different methods of buffing I highly recommend the use of a Cyclo polisher . When polishing my trailer I began by using a Sears car buffer with a wool bonnet. This worked but it was a lot messier and required a lot more labor with a less satisfying result. The Cyclo does cost more but I believe the added cost is well worth the results and time savings.
The Cyclo has two random orbiting heads each about 4" across which allows for an 8" polishing swipe. There are different foam polishing pads each designed to work with the Rolite Polishes. A more coarse pad for the Pre-Polish through to a fine pad for the finish. This is a well built tool, designed to last.

This test area shows the effectiveness of the Cyclo combined with Rolite Products. The area here was highly oxidized before I started. It took about half an hour to get the metal in this roughly 4 square foot area to a fairly nice level of shine.

I had polished the area to the right about half a year ago with the car buffer and was not able to cut through the oxidation sufficiently. This area took nearly 3 hours of work for a less desirable finish.

One thing that I highly recommend is applying some sort of sealer once you have finished your job. The first time I polished the trailer I used a good coat of car wax. This seemed to work fairly well for a month or two but living on the east coast we are prone to get the full spectrum of weather which means lots of rain and snow which can do a number on your nicely polished trailer. I am now trying the Rolite polish and sealant, I will see how that goes. It was not manufactured for unpainted surfaces put the folks at Rolite said that it should do a better job than wax. I have also thought about using Krystal Kleer Krylon but have not gotten to that stage yet.
I am getting there. Half way done with the polishing!
The following sites have great info on polishing trailers: Perfect Polish and Vintage Airstream. Check these out you will not be disappointed. There is finally some good resource material on how this is done!
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