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    Need some advice on metal polish...

    I have a 2002 Triton Allumininum trailer and the guy I bought it off started polishing the tongue and it looks like brand new. The water just beads right off it... I used the same polish on the rear part and I can't seem to get the shine he got. What am I doing wrong?


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    How are you applying the polish? Hand? Machine?

    Maybe he wet sanded it first?

    Polishing takes time. When I would polish parts working in a machine shop, the boss said "When it is like a mirror and you think it is done..polish it some more".

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    When I had it, I polished my Triton by hand, but it was a "Time-Burning" project over the winter when I lived in Wisconsin.

    I bet I had 20+ hours into it...

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    Sorry, by hand. I use a common household rag to apply the polish, then I use another common household rag to buff it. I'm wondering if a buffer will make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempest.runner View Post
    Sorry, by hand. I use a common household rag to apply the polish, then I use another common household rag to buff it. I'm wondering if a buffer will make a difference.
    You could try a Mother's Powerball

    It may work, but may not last long enough to do the whole trailer if you are ruff with it.

    Or just get some polishing wheels from Harbour Freight and have at it. They are only a few bucks each so using them up is no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJJer View Post
    You could try a Mother's Powerball

    It may work, but may not last long enough to do the whole trailer if you are ruff with it.

    Or just get some polishing wheels from Harbour Freight and have at it. They are only a few bucks each so using them up is no big deal.
    I'm going to try a buffer. I saw my dealer today and he tried his buffer on it and what a huge difference! Quicker, and less sweat!

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    what kind of polish are you using on it?

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    You are going to need something more abrasive than a rag and some metal polish. You only use that as the final step in polishing, or as maintaince.


    You will need to start with sand paper. The grit will depend on how rough the aluminum is to start with. try starting with 400-600 or so grit. Make sure you buy sand paper designed for metal.

    Once you get the metal smoothed out you can move to a buffer wheel mounted to a drill. eastwood supply carries everything you will need as far as buff and compound material.

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