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Care and Upkeep Let's face it, it has to be done. Have questions of what to do or how to do it, this is the place to talk about it.

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Make sure they are not anodized, which you cannot polish.


Try using some MMO on a rag to remove the spots and brighten it up some.
It is hard to keep that trim spot free.

Thanks for the tip...

What else dose MMO that I don't know about?
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Back in 03 when I stripped the anodizing, I use the original EZ Off oven cleaner. Don't know how the new stuff will work. It may not be strong enough, but worth trying.

First thing to do is to remove the black vinyl insert in the trim. Then tape off the painted area above and below the trim with plastic sheeting, NOT paper.

Spray a bunch of the oven cleaner into a dish of some sort. Then use a 1 or 2 inch paint brush and paint it on the trim. Doing about 12 to 18 inches at a time. After about 30 minutes it will dissolve and loosen the anodizing.
Use 3-000 or 4-000 steel wool to remove it. Go all the way around the bus. Then wash it good with soap and water to remove residue in the vinyl trim groove.

Now the fun starts. Depending how shiney you want it, you need to sand that trim with wet sandpaper. I started with 600 grit. Did that all the way around.

Then went to 1200 grit. Did that all the way around.
Then went to 2000 grit. Did that all the way around.
Tried some polish at that point. Wasn't happy with the shine.
Then went to 2500 grit. Did that all the way around.
Tried some polish. Came up like chrome!
Used Bushe's aluminum polish and numerous cotton buffing wheels on a corded drill. Tried a cordless but it ran down too soon.

Like I said in my last post. A LOT of work to get it stripped and sanded and polished. But the end result was well worth it. Now just a light polishing every 2 - 3 years and it stays nice. As far as water spots go. I have a shamous that I dry the trim with at each washing. And last year I bought a portable water softener. I use that for washing purposes. Prevents almost all water spotting if I was lazy and didn't feel like wiping the trim.

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Back in 03 when I stripped the anodizing, I use the original EZ Off oven cleaner. Don't know how the new stuff will work. It may not be strong enough, but worth trying.

First thing to do is to remove the black vinyl insert in the trim. Then tape off the painted area above and below the trim with plastic sheeting, NOT paper.

Spray a bunch of the oven cleaner into a dish of some sort. Then use a 1 or 2 inch paint brush and paint it on the trim. Doing about 12 to 18 inches at a time. After about 30 minutes it will dissolve and loosen the anodizing.
Use 3-000 or 4-000 steel wool to remove it. Go all the way around the bus. Then wash it good with soap and water to remove residue in the vinyl trim groove.

Now the fun starts. Depending how shiney you want it, you need to sand that trim with wet sandpaper. I started with 600 grit. Did that all the way around.

Then went to 1200 grit. Did that all the way around.
Then went to 2000 grit. Did that all the way around.
Tried some polish at that point. Wasn't happy with the shine.
Then went to 2500 grit. Did that all the way around.
Tried some polish. Came up like chrome!
Used Bushe's aluminum polish and numerous cotton buffing wheels on a corded drill. Tried a cordless but it ran down too soon.

Like I said in my last post. A LOT of work to get it stripped and sanded and polished. But the end result was well worth it. Now just a light polishing every 2 - 3 years and it stays nice. As far as water spots go. I have a shamous that I dry the trim with at each washing. And last year I bought a portable water softener. I use that for washing purposes. Prevents almost all water spotting if I was lazy and didn't feel like wiping the trim.

Kiki...feel free to call me if you want to talk in detail.
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Don, did you polish your trailer trim too?
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Yes...trailer was done too. But I did that trim before it was cut and installed on the trailer. That job was a bit easier because the trim was off of another coach. All I did there was screw it down to a 2x12 laid on 2 saw horses and stripped it without worry about getting the EZ Off on any painted surface. Since it was laying flat, sanding and polishing was a lot easier too.
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Thanks Don, Ill plan for this project over the winter. I'd like to get the rails looking good.



Did you reinstall the black rubber or buy new ?
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Installed all new vinyl inserts. The old stuff was badly shrunken.
Available from Dupree Products.
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