Polishing That Belly Band - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-19-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Trailer: Boler 1300
Posts: 19
after painting the egg I thought about steel wool on the chrome belly band, it did an OK job then thought I would try the nylon sanding disk that was on my drill, now that works well, I have only done a small test area, as I am monkeying with new tinted lexan windows, man that's hard to get in, anyway after the band is polished up more I will post some pics.
Steve
__________________

__________________
steve J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Doug Mager's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1975 13 ft Trillium
Posts: 2,536
Registry
We've polished the band on our Trillium but with SOS, not just steel wool. The addeed soap makes for a nice(er?) shine. Thw wire wheel woulda been draggin into the glass body UNLESS you removed the band to polish?? Is that the way you went??
__________________

__________________
Doug Mager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 08:29 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
james kent's Avatar
 
Name: james
Trailer: Boler 1984
Ontario
Posts: 2,938
If you have rubbed it with steelwool, didn't that leave it with a lot of deep scratch marks? They can be taken out with a very fine sandpaper. [At least 400 grit, better with 1200]
Now after the nylon sanding disk, try a rub-down with an aluminum wheel disc polish. That really makes it shine. I used MOTHERS.
__________________
james kent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Raya's Avatar
 
Name: Rachel
Trailer: 1974 Boler 13 ft (Neonex/Winnipeg)
Posts: 3,014
Steel wool note: It may not be an issue if you're not near a salt water environment, but on boats we use bronze wool. That's because with steel wool, tiny particles break off and lodge themselves in various nooks and crannies, and then rust. Ish.

Again, it's probably not an issue if you're inland, and/or if you rinse things off well afterward, but I just thought I'd mention it.

I'm fond of polishes such as Simichrome; 3M makes some good metal polishes too. Lots of other options, too, as previous posters have mentioned.

Only problem is, once you polish a small section and see how great it looks, you're in for the whole thing
__________________
Raya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Trailer: Boler 1300
Posts: 19
Quote:
We've polished the band on our Trillium but with SOS, not just steel wool. The addeed soap makes for a nice(er?) shine. Thw wire wheel woulda been draggin into the glass body UNLESS you removed the band to polish?? Is that the way you went??
I only did a sample area but the band was installed and set off from the F glass so did not make contact
__________________
steve J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 08:54 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Trailer: Boler 1300
Posts: 19
Quote:
If you have rubbed it with steelwool, didn't that leave it with a lot of deep scratch marks? They can be taken out with a very fine sandpaper. [At least 400 grit, better with 1200]
Now after the nylon sanding disk, try a rub-down with an aluminum wheel disc polish. That really makes it shine. I used MOTHERS.
yes that sounds like just the ticket for the finished shine. thanks
__________________
steve J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2009, 07:56 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Greg A's Avatar
 
Name: Greg
Trailer: 2015 Escape 19
Arizona
Posts: 1,828


I'm getting ready to do mine and appreciate the timing of this post and all the good info from all the experienced Belly Band Polishers....
__________________
Owner:
Fiberglass-RV-4Sale.com
Scamp Owners International
2015 Escape 19 & 1997 Scamp 19
Greg A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2009, 10:47 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Sandra Lair's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1982 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 379
I like to use Nevr-Dull wadding polish. It's easy to use, doesn't scratch the aluminum & does a great job. You just pull off as much as you need & rub the belly band with it. You can buy it at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, Tru-Value Hardware & places like that.

Sandra
__________________
Sandra Lair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2009, 11:15 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
floyd's Avatar
 
Name: Floyd
Trailer: 2004 13 ft Scamp Custom Deluxe
IllAnnoy
Posts: 6,049
Registry
any good aluminum polish will do a great job at least every one I've seen was aluminum , but will polish up almost like chrome
__________________
floyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 12:42 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Roger C H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: 2009 Trillium 1300 "Homelet"/2014 Subaru Outback "Rosie"
Washington
Posts: 2,172
Registry
Talking

Bon Ami is a good polish. Doesn't have the gritty ingrediants.

I may try my Hope's Brass Polish. It works great on brass and has some kind of ingredient that preserves the shine, at least indoors.

Any good auto body polish would work well, I think. If it is really dull, try a little rubbing compound first, then the polish. The difference is in the size of the gritty particles with the polish being finer.

I would never use steel nor bronze wool because of the size of the scratches it would leave. Maybe only on a very badly corroded finish, and then only enough to remove the worst of it.

BTW, do you know you can actually measure the roughness of a surface?

http://store.flexbar.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?

Here is a picture of a crude surface roughness comparator:



Name:   Surface_gage.jpg
Views: 223
Size:  12.3 KB
__________________
A charter member of the Buffalo Plaid Brigade!

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Roger C H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 01:53 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Raya's Avatar
 
Name: Rachel
Trailer: 1974 Boler 13 ft (Neonex/Winnipeg)
Posts: 3,014
Quote:
I would never use steel nor bronze wool because of the size of the scratches it would leave. Maybe only on a very badly corroded finish, and then only enough to remove the worst of it.
Hi Roger,

I would probably choose a polish (I like Simichrome) over "wool" as well, but I just wanted to mention that steel or bronze wool does come in some very fine grades. It's not all the rough stuff that we typically see.

Grade 0000 can be used to smooth a lacquer finish or to clean glass
__________________
Raya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 08:22 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
After you get a really nice shine on the aluminum band, it will be important to "seal" the aluminum with a good wax. Otherwise it will dull up rather quickly. Have you ever seen those shiny diamond plate tool boxes after time in the weather. Shine disappears.

I prefer Flitz to use on aluminum. Don't use anything that contains silicone... that will dull the shine.

Flitz Wax Protectant

YMMV
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 08:47 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Kevin K's Avatar
 
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Mpls,Minnesota
Posts: 3,052
Registry
Steel Wool comes in 8 Grades
4,3,2,1,0,00,000,0000
See web page
http://www.briwaxwoodcare.com/stelwool.htm
__________________
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Weinel, Alan's Avatar
 
Name: Alan
Trailer: FORMERLY:Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel Deluxe ('The White House')
California
Posts: 329
Man, I didn't want to say this... but I just CANNOT refrain from it....

"Polishing the Belly Band" sounds like a euphamism for... well for something you don't want your mom to catch you doing.

My apologies... but I **HAD** to say it.
__________________

__________________
Weinel, Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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
Belly Band - Lil Bigfoot Carl G Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 27 10-25-2017 03:17 AM
Belly Band repair Johny Bg Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 4 05-14-2010 08:55 AM
Belly Band Trillium Johny Bg Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 05-11-2010 12:45 PM
Lil Bigfoot Belly Band Carl G Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 0 05-09-2010 07:01 PM
Polishing That Belly Band Linda T. Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.