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BMC (Bluebird Motor Coach Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your BMC coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....List your BMC Parts here too.

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Old 05-24-2009
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Default Polishing aluminum wheels and awning covers and ploes

Can anyone tell me what they use on their aluminum wheels and also the awning covers and poles. Got the paint looking good now its time for the finessing.
I remember years ago someone said Coca Cola did wonders on chrome bumpers but I never tried it. Any suggestions will be appreciated
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I've recently bought a can of "Mothers" and the two buffers, one cone shaped and the other round. Got them at Auto Zone. Use them with your electric drill. Does a great job! Spent about 4 hours polishing and buffing my wheels and then up came a horrible thunderstorm and to get out, I had to drive through a pool of muddy water.
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hi all,

i hired a guy to do my wheels and he did them and they look fantastic. i went and bought the same supplies he used and i did all my bay door latches and the other things on the outside.

he said he had been detailing coaches for over ten years and he had tried everything. what he said was the best for the wheels was Blue Magic Metal polish. i bought it at autozone for six dollars a jar. i used about 1/4 jar doing all the bay door latches and a few other things.

i ordered online at www.redhillsupply.com the wool polishing cones.

MTN73503-WBC 3" Cone Shaped Buffing Pad ten bucks

MTN73502-WBC 2" Cone Shaped Buffing Pad 6 bucks

about ten latches into it, the metal piece that goes into the drill came loose from the wool cone and i just glued it with jbweld and it worked just fine after that.

i will do them myself now that i know how easy it is

(yea, a newell, but i love wanderlodges too)
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tom,no problem on the newell,its my second choice in coachs!
I use buschs polish,but i prefer to pay the polish guys to do it!
we got them done at Eloy AZ for $5 per wheel.
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for 5 bucks a wheel they would be doing alot more than that on my rig. it is wayy more expensive here in mesa, az.

i know there are several great polishes and i chose the easy way. pay a professional that got me great results and copy him.....

i did a total restoration on my newell and am still updating and improving things. it is a fantastic rig i we love it. have put about 15k miles on it in the two years we have had it. it didnt really need any serious work, i just wanted to make it "mine". leroy and don helped me with my flooring work on giving great advice.

i almost bought several wanderlodges before this one so i know they are both great machines. several folks on this site helped me during my restoration.

if you go to the www.newellclassic.com site, i have posted a ton of pictures there on my journey to making my coach the way i want it. i post there as encantotom as i do here.

since we share common engines, i have gotten a lot of info here too on the ol 8v92.
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Hang around Tom,the best is yet to come!
Eloy is not all that far from mesa!
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Thanks All,
Wish I was close to AZ. 5.00 a wheel sounds pretty cheap. I will give some of these suggestions a try. I appreciate all the help "One more time".............
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Steve,if they are real nasty i water sand with 1000 grit paper,then using my buffer and plenty of busch polish i buff,then i use corn starch on a clean T-shirt (heres your chance Rob) to remove the polish.
they come out nice,and its not that hard,you will get very dirty doing this job!
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Hi Guys,
here's something Ive noticed about the new coaches that use aluminum wheels, they are all clear coated these day, so you dont have to do all the polishing and rubbing to get them clean, just wax them once in awhile and wash them like you do any painted surfaces,so my suggestion to you that have unprotected wheels is the next time you clean and polish your wheels, is have them clear coated,and the the upkeep in minimal, airstream clears their trailers, and that last for years and years, and it sure is nice not to have to polish wheels
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I have used gord's polish for years....works better than anything else I have tried - in a fraction of the time....I will never pay for mothers again.
see a demo at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slJKG9kDR1Y

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