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Old 02-08-2015, 08:18 PM   #1
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Reminder to mind the Chrome

Our trailer is 5 months old and am waiting another month before its first waxing as per advice on this forum. When washing it last week I noticed the chrome door hinges had some oxidation. Bought some chrome polish and it got the grime off however there is some pitting already. Glad I got to the hatch latches, etc. before they did.
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:26 PM   #2
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Chrome pits (then rusts), aluminum is even worse. The best thing to do is keep everything waxed, with a good hard wax. Not those wash-n-wax preps.

Anyone remember Crager SS wheels?
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...with a good hard wax.
Any suggestions here? Thank you...
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Also the little lock covers will stick unless lubricated, I waxed the trailer and chrome and lubed the locks and stabilizers today.
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Reminder to mind the Chrome

I don't use wax on Chrome because wax is designed to protect a coated surface such as paint or clear coat -- not metal. I have used 3M Chrome and Metal Polish for many years and there is virtually no pitting or oxidation on things I apply it to -- like Chrome wheels. By the way, for heavily pitted chrome you can actually sand it with 300-400 grit sandpaper then buff it out with the 3M -- looks like new.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39527-Chrom.../dp/B0009H50WW
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Thanks for the tip, just added it to my Amazon wish list.
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Anything with carnuba. Not a carnuba wax (with other stuff). It's hard to put on and hard to take off, but puts a barrier unlike other waxes. Mothers and Mequiars are two brands. Google. Just remember, you're not applying these hard waxes to the entire trailer. So, it takes you 30 minutes to an hour to protect SOME pieces. Is it worth it? Only you can decide.
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Anything with carnuba. Not a carnuba wax (with other stuff). It's hard to put on and hard to take off, but puts a barrier unlike other waxes.

Almost. Carnauba is the hardest natural wax known, and because of its hardness it creates an angular sheen (some people call it faceting) that is glossier than other waxes. There are some disadvantages however. It doesn't last as long as some other waxes or polymer coatings, and it's harder to apply. On a show car, I think a Carnauba wax just looks wetter and makes the paint richer than other coatings. As an RV coating, I don't really see the payoff in terms of ease of application and durability. There are many coatings that do a superb job of protecting gel coat while lasting 2 or 3 times longer than Carnauba. Will it be as shiny? No, but the difference is not really perceptible without a gloss meter. Lastly, a high quality Chrome Polish does a better job than wax at protecting Chrome - whether the wax is Carnauba or not.
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You got me there Robert. I use Fritz on all the unprotected chrome/aluminum on my vehicles. But truly a good carnumba wax is so much better than Turtle wax... But, THAT's not what I apply to gelcoat, just the metal.
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Not trying to get you Donna

Just saying that a chrome polish is better than any wax on metal, as in the OP's scenario.

I worked in the coatings industry for several years and I sometimes wish I didn't...I can geek out too easily.
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