I spent the weekend polishing the Trillium - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-28-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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I spent the weekend polishing our Trillium

Our 1977 Trillium 4500, which we purchased in July of this year, was oxidized and chalky like most trailers of the vintage. I bought a new polishing pad and compound for my old Makita polisher and thought I'd have a go at seeing if I couldn't get the old dear looking a bit better. I'm pretty pleased with the results, although my right arm is about to fall off after going over the trailer twice with the heavy duty compound, once with the lighter duty stuff and once by hand with wax.



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Old 09-28-2014, 09:25 PM   #2
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That looks amazing, great job!

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Old 09-28-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:13 AM   #4
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It sure is rewarding to see the results of all your hard work.
Great job.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:33 AM   #5
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Looks great Phil
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Old 09-29-2014, 04:27 AM   #6
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:15 AM   #7
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Nothing is sexier than a reflection! Great job, proud polisher.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #8
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I went the acrylic floor polish (Zep/Red Max) route last year on my 1989 Bigfoot and while I was pleased in the beginning, it's already starting to look pretty hammered. I've been contemplating going this route with a proper polish and wax. I have everything I need except time. Your results have inspired me to pursue this further. Thanks!
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:55 AM   #9
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3M has a product called Finesse It that you can use after the compound - it takes all the swirl marks off and it takes it to a higher shine level again. It is a bit pricey but well worth the cost - need less than a small bottle to do most of our trailers. I helped a friend clean up there trailer a few weeks ago and it came out great. Of course one still needs a couple of good layers of wax on it to keep it that way.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:51 AM   #10
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Looks great I did mine a couple of years ago with the same results.
Time to get some new wax on mine.
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:01 PM   #11
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Keeping Trilly looking good


Nice job polishing the Trilly. It really looks nice.

Like you, I like the shiny look on my Trilly and Class B RV . I wipe them off with warm tap water , then polish them every 3 mos ,as that seems to be the requirement if they are exposed to UV and the elements.

As far as the Trilly is concerned, I am hoping that with the new cover ( see neighboring thread and pictures ), I won't have to clean and repolish it so frequently.

I don't know if you are planning to cover your Trilly, but it has to help keep it clean and looking pretty.

Good luck!
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:51 AM   #12
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Question, what are the screws or rivets down the side of your trailer?

And, has anyone heard of internal moisture problem with the breathable covers? I have a cover and had it on for a month or so only to discover mold creeping over the ceiling of our trailer - had to scrub it out again.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:42 AM   #13
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The snaps down the side of Phil's trailer are for the original "add a room".

For the mold, try using Concrobium after cleaning.

Great job Phil!
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:23 PM   #14
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Boy nice job. Now I don't know if I should polish or Zep next spring.

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