It is that time of year again. Time to dust off the drapes, deep clean the house, open the blinds and let a little sunshine in. It is also the time of year when we hit the road hard with our trailers and four legged companions in tow. One of the questions that we get most often is “what do you recommend I do to get my trailer looking shiny and clean again?”. To be honest if you asked ten different horseman and women the same question you would probably get ten different answers.
In the spirit of ‘spring cleaning’ I asked one of our representatives here in the shop to spell it out for us. To tell us exactly what he would recommend to keep those trailers looking bright and shiny and new. This is what he had to say.
The wax is ONLY to be used on colored aluminum skin that we offer when trailers are new. This can be used on used trailers but you will want to make sure that it is entirely and properly cleaned.
This sounds a little hokey but it works; 5 gallon bucket, 2/3rds full of warm to hot water, ½ cup of liquid tide, 1 cup of bleach – mix well,
Use a very soft bristled brush/cloths or specialty wash cloths, wash a 4’ section at a time from the bottom up, rinse and repeat until completed – hand dry w/ chamois cloth.
The other way is go to a truck wash and ask for a plain wash (soap/water) & MAKE SURE you have them rinse trailer double – NO CAUSTIC SOAPS that are NOT for aluminum. Also, be careful of buying soaps for auto’s that are strong – and definitely NO DIY acid wash kits, no, no, no!!!
If that doesn’t get your trailer clean enough to suit you – you can have them do a citrus acid bath – that is at your discretion – it is the easiest & fastest way to get an aluminum trailer clean but it can also possibly burn your natural finish aluminum (side extrusions, top rails and rear corners – anywhere there is natural mil finish aluminum) actually, so beware of the results of cleaning and what it can do to your prized possession trailer!
DO NOT – I REPEAT – DO NOT ACID WASH A POLISHED ALUMINUM TRAILER unless you want to have a multi-funky colored trailer. This will make your prized possession trailer de-value before your eyes in mere seconds.
Brent Brewer / Sales & Dealer Development / email@example.com
Well…there you have it. Now you are all ready to use that elbow grease and get that trailer looking like new! Close enough anyways. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help. Thanks Brent!
Until next time,
-Your Hart Team