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Old 06-18-2006, 08:30 AM   #15
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Hi Maggie,

One product which is overlooked is Autosol. It comes in a tube or can and goes on with a soft cloth. The results are incredible on aluminum, chrome, stainless steel, etc. You don't need steel wool, as it tends to scratch aluminum. Autosol is made in Germany and can be purchased at most automotive stores. Another product which is similar yet a finer paste is Flitz. I have purchased it at car shows and use it for motorcycle restorations. It is a finishing polish and leaves a slight protective residue which should last about six months in outdoor conditions. Type in either name under Google and you can get their product information. If you want to shine the outside aluminum trim on your trailer, start with the Autosol. It will make the most tarnished aluminum look like chrome. In real tarnished situations a fine grade Scotch Brite pad with Autosol is recommended over the soft cloth as a first step. (Rubber gloves will keep the black aluminum residue off your hands. I buy the Nitrile gloves by the box for about $10.00 at auto supply/safety businesses.) Once you start you will not be able to stop. Not to mention the smile and satisfaction it will create.

The inside window components can be cleaned as well. A soft tooth brush is probably going to work very well in corners, etc. The only downside to polishing the window parts excessively is the sun may reflect excessively and become a bit annoying. Another, less abrasive cleaner (household cleaning product) may be the ticket to wipe the window parts off, depending on the circumstances. Good luck!

Brock
Thank you for responding. I might try this product sometime. Right now I just want to finish up and be ready to roll.
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