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Aluminum Screws??
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We are renovating/restoring a '50 Star Camper. In sealing the roof seams/windows we've learned that all the seams across the camper were put together with steel spiral nails into the aluminum panels…Continue

Tags: polishing, roof, screws, polish, vintage

Started this discussion. Last reply by richard nance Jan 11, 2013.

restore aluminum
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We recently purchased a 1950 Star and are debating between leaving it oxidized or biting the bullet and doing the polish!  Does anyone know an in between option?  Something to wash it with that might…Continue

Tags: aluminum polishing, how to polish aluminum trailer, restore aluminum

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Kelly May 28, 2017.

 

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James Kelly replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"Anyone ever use 'Star Brite Ultimate Aluminum Cleaner/Restorer 87764' to clean and restore the aluminum around the windows in older canned ham campers?  Looking for something to clean off 40 plus years of tarnish and general…"
May 28, 2017
bob appleby left a comment for Judi
"Hi, I have a Star, about 20' with the tongue, 2 doors with round portholes, my vin is MH04CT00010BA, do you have any info on these trailers?  is you vin similar to mine, I do not know the year of mine, thanks, Bob"
Apr 7, 2017
janet lee replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"This is a crazy question, but somebody painted over the metal and the tag, even the company sales sticker, just can not imagine how to remove. Looks ok, rivets everywhere. "
Aug 1, 2016
janet lee replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"GEES, would really love to see pictures of this beauty, even before and after. There was a slide in type my elder cousin had. They lived in Washington state. found one, but the guy sold it before I got there. sadly, I dont think anybody in our…"
Aug 1, 2016
Alanna replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"Use one of the new app services to have someone drive it in. I can't remember the name, but it was cheap as heck. Basically, you post a "job"....like "take my package to so cal"....and someone accepts. II didn't do any…"
Aug 1, 2016
Pat Daly replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"maybe asj  member Jana, she's in So Cal and very knowledgeable.  also, google our friends of click on their link for Sierra Trailer Restoration.  Bet if you called them they might have some answers.  My 2 cents is that she…"
Aug 1, 2016
janet lee replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"Hi, wonder if this would take off paint. somebody might have painted over the label with a title number. so need to remove paint. "
Jul 30, 2016
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"That is a big difference."
Jul 4, 2015
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"My friend does metal finishing for a living. In her bag of tricks is a can of never dull (looks like a bunch of rags wadded up in a can) and Windex. The never dull she buys at Aco hardware store. She rebuffed a spot on trailer, sprayed Windex and…"
Jul 4, 2015
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"I am going try a bit of her never dull on my trailer door handles etc, maybe a spot on back and see. Met-all is work: wax on, then buff with buffer. My finish not a mirror shiny gleam. Simple green aluminum cleaner half and half with water what some…"
Jul 1, 2015
Les Pamuki replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"I ran across this Never Dull product at the Puyallup Fair years ago. A vendor was demonstrating it on several different kinds of metals and it worked amazingly well. We bought a small can of wadding just for my wife's jewelry but I never…"
Jul 1, 2015
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"If you have a trailer out of aluminum airplane metal it will get shiny, glossy but not a mirror finish."
Jul 1, 2015
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"A friend swears by that!!"
Jul 1, 2015
Dwayne Burgess replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"I can't say this is any better than any of the ones already mentioned but I found years and years ago that Never Dull does an exceptional job of cleaning almost any metal and retaining a bright and shinny finish. It was used when I was in…"
Jul 1, 2015
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"This is trailer airplane metal 1959 boles aeros. Hand rubbed not buffing with wheel yet. Using met-all aluminum polish!!! Washed with white vinegar and water and dish soap dawn first."
Jun 19, 2015
So ska noname replied to Judi's discussion restore aluminum
"Simple green makes an aluminum cleaner that works great. You can order from amazon dot com. It washes and brightens. I used an sponge to test an area of my trailer. Looks good. Once roof sealed I will do entire trailer."
Jun 7, 2015

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We sold out sweet little Scotty in October. She was our first vintage can and it was hard to let her go, but we went right out a purchased one twice the length that had a bathroom. Our 1950 Star is a rare one and full of 'potential'! Some work required but we are looking forward to making her 'ours'. She will reside in SO CA this winter and maybe make the trek back to NC in the Spring, but we aren't sure yet. We may just find one for the East Coast and leave the Star in CA. It would only take a few trips to pay for a second trailer with gas prices as they are!

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At 11:49am on April 7, 2017, bob appleby said…

Hi, I have a Star, about 20' with the tongue, 2 doors with round portholes, my vin is MH04CT00010BA, do you have any info on these trailers?  is you vin similar to mine, I do not know the year of mine, thanks, Bob

 
 
 

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