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MK9R

posted on 11/11/09 at 11:21 AM Reply With Quote
Cleaning galvanised steel???

My trailer is looking a bit dull, is there anything that will make the galvanising look bright again?? I was thinking something like cilit bang may do the trick?





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blakep82

posted on 11/11/09 at 11:25 AM Reply With Quote
some sort of rubbing compound might do it better i think?





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MikeCapon

posted on 11/11/09 at 11:27 AM Reply With Quote
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ETA Correct stupid spelling mistake. Not bad in 8 words eh?

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MK9R

posted on 11/11/09 at 11:30 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by MikeCapon
Your pal, as ever, is Google

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ETA Correct stupid spelling mistake. Not bad in 8 words eh?

[Edited on 11/11/09 by MikeCapon]


Been reading that. CLR seems to be similiar stuff to Cillet





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MK9R

posted on 11/11/09 at 11:34 AM Reply With Quote
arh, just read on Cillet bang website (my god i must be bored!) not suitable for zinc coated metal





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sprouts-car

posted on 11/11/09 at 11:44 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by MK9R
arh, just read on Cillet bang website (my god i must be bored!) not suitable for zinc coated metal


Bang and the zinc is gone

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02GF74

posted on 11/11/09 at 12:00 PM Reply With Quote
coca-cola? vinegar?





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MakeEverything

posted on 11/11/09 at 12:02 PM Reply With Quote
Polish a trailer???

You must be bored!





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Bluemoon

posted on 11/11/09 at 12:17 PM Reply With Quote
I'd not bother, just wash.. The dullness is the Zinc oxidizing rather than the steel... If you want to make it bright again you will remove this top layer and probably increase the rate at which the zinc is lost..

I.e. reduce the life of the trailer..

Dan

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MK9R

posted on 11/11/09 at 12:20 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Bluemoon
I'd not bother, just wash.. The dullness is the Zinc oxidizing rather than the steel... If you want to make it bright again you will remove this top layer and probably increase the rate at which the zinc is lost..

I.e. reduce the life of the trailer..

Dan


Was just trying to make it look nice for the new owner, i'll just hose it down





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Bluemoon

posted on 11/11/09 at 12:39 PM Reply With Quote
^^

Just wash with some car shampoo then.. Should be fine. Just don't wash the grease of the mechanical bits..

Dan

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dhutch

posted on 11/11/09 at 01:09 PM Reply With Quote
Yeah, as said, the dullness that zinc coating develop over time is the formation of zinc oxide. Ie, your looking at and oxide layer not bright zinc.

However unlike ferrus oxide (red rust) the zinc oxide forms a coheasive layer with then protects the under lying zinc, so although you can removed it and get back to bright zinc you are actaully damaging the coating in the process.

If you do want to do anything to trailer coatings to improve then, the thing to do it keep the clean in the early life (first 6 months or year) so the oxide forms in a nice even layer. Makes them last longer and makes the oxide look a bit nicer. As detailed in most trailer care booklets i guess, certainly mentioned on the ifor williams info guff.


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