The Best Way to Polish Aluminum on Old RVs

The Best Way to Polish Aluminum on Old RVs
When it comes to cleaning and maintaining their outside appearance, RVs are like any other vehicle you own. Even an old RV can look new again if properly cared for. Old aluminum parts need cleaning and polishing regularly to remove dirt and cut down on oxidation. If the aluminum sits unattended for too long, it will be harder to clean. That bright, shiny look will take a few more hours of polishing to achieve. Once the aluminum looks new again, regular cleaning and polishing will keep it looking that way.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bucket
  • Car wash liquid
  • Water
  • Soft sponge
  • Soft application mitt
  • Meguiar's All Metal Polish
  • Soft terry cloths
Step 1
Select an area in the shade to wash and polish the RV. Working in the sun can cause spots to form on the RV and its aluminum parts.
Step 2
Fill a bucket up with water and the appropriate amount of a liquid car wash. Rinse the RV off with clean water before you begin washing it to remove any loose dirt or sand and to prevent scratches. Wash the RV with a soft sponge, and dry it off completely before polishing the aluminum.
Step 3
Apply a small amount of Meguiar's All Metal Polish, or something similar, onto a soft application mitt used for polishing cars.
Step 4
Rub the paste into the aluminum surface in a circular motion. Continue rubbing the metal polish into the area until it begins to shine.
Step 5
Remove the metal polish with a clean, soft terry cloth. Rub the aluminum surface until all the polish is removed and the area is shiny. Continue this step until you have polished all of the RV's aluminum parts. Aluminum that has been left to the elements may require a second application of the polish.

Tips & Warnings

Keeping the RV regularly washed and the aluminum polished will cut down on rust and scratches, and it will take less time to maintain.
Apply a protectant to the aluminum surface in the spring and fall. This will help seal the area from scratches, rust and other damage.
Do not use household dish detergents on the RV when cleaning the exterior. These products can be too harsh and damage the paint, stripping protective sealants from the exterior.
Only use a product designed for polishing aluminum on the RV. Other products such as polishing compounds can be too harsh and scratch the surface.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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