|How to Walbernize your Teardrop Trailer|
Walbernize is the trade name of Astec Corp.
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to polish one of our trailers?"
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Clean your trailer in full shade or indoors and at cooler temperatures.|
Cleaning in sunlight or temperatures above 80F will cause the Walbernize to dry out quickly and
will make cleaning more difficult, if not impossible.
You will need the following:
Walbernize "One step Cleaner Polish and Glaze"
16oz. should be enough for a trailer that is not too heavily oxidized or stained.
64oz. should be enough for a few cleanings or a very oxidized/stained trailer.
An automotive type orbital buffer/polisher with a "wooly" pad.
A second buffer will make the work quicker but is not required.
Paper towels- 3-4 rolls- cheap ones are OK.
TIME : A complete trailer may take 8 hours or more.
Work in smaller sections over a few days to make it easier.
A helper or second person will make it go quicker.
This picture shows a corroded/oxidized/stained area before cleaning.
|The consistancy of Walbernize may vary depending on the age of the product, how it has been stored, or the temperature.
I have seen it vary from the consistancy of cream to that of mayonaise. The technical support at Walbernize has assurred me that the product
works the same, regardless of consistancy. |
The important thing is that you shake it well before using.
The technique is a little different depending on the consistancy you have. I will first describe the technique for the thicker (mayonaise) Walbernize.
Work in a small area, about 24"x24" or smaller, at one time.
Squeeze out, or put dabs of walbernize in the area.
Spread out the Walbernize with your finger, a paint brush, a rag, or a paper towel.
Do not spread it too thin. A little extra will work more effectively.
|Using an automotive type orbital buffer/polisher with a "wooly" pad, polish the area for about 3-5 minutes.
Use a little bit of pressure but not enough to slow down the polisher.
Spend more time on the heavily tarnished areas.
Work back and forth in overlapping strokes.
Until the pad gets saturated, or if the area dries out quickly, you may need to add extra Walbernize.
The pad will get very black, this is OK, it will still work at cleaning.
This next section describes how to use the "Cream" consistancy Walbernize.|
Pour some Walbernize into a cake pan so it just covers the bottom.
A round pan works best, but a rectangle pan will do.
|Dip the "wooly" pad on your polisher into the walbernize.
Do not put too much on, or it will splatter when you polish with it.
Do not start the polisher until you have set it on the surface.
Work in a small area, like above. 24"x24" or smaller.
Turn off the buffer and dip into the pan as needed.
Using more Walbernize will be more effective and will make the work go quicker.
|From here on, the technique is the same regardless of the consistancy of your Walbernize.|
After you have thouroughly polished the area...
Wipe off most of the remaining Walbernize with paper towels.
If you only have one polisher, take the "wooly" pad off and put on a clean pad.
If you have a second polisher, Get it now.
Lay a single sheet of paper towel on the area you just cleaned.
Put the polisher on top of the paper towel.
Turn on the polisher and work over area.
When it doesn't seem to be cleaning as much, Try turning the paper towel over, or get a new sheet.
Repeat this until the area is clean of residue and it is buffed to a shine.
If these sheets remain intact, you can use them to wipe off the remaining Walbernize for the next area
If the area is not as clean as you would like, you can give it a second treatment using the same technique as the first.
Move on to the next area, you should overlap areas slightly to even out the appearance.|
This image is of the same area shown above, after being Walbernized.
Heavily tarnished areas were given two treatments, the rest was given one treatment.
Tight areas or close to handles, hinges, etc. can be done by hand using a rag and plenty of Walbernize.
Clean the pads with dish soap and warm water.
Squirt dish soap directly on the pads. Massage the pad for a while. Then rinse.
Repeat until the pads are sufficiently clean.
Hang the pads up to dry.
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