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    Default Keeping that engine polished

    Dont know if this is the right area to post this, and don't know if anyone ever heard of this before either.

    But after you put a nice coat of wax on your truck, about once a week we go back over the truck with some furniture polish. It keeps that amazing red shine to the fire engines, also use it on the tires. I find that it works better than Armour-All most of the time. Just some suggestions to anyone who didn't know about the other uses for furniture polish.

    In fact, I have done that, we had a PR event one night and didn't have time to put a coat of wax on the truck. It took me about 10 minutes to polish it with the furniture polish rather than waxing it. We still wax the truck every month though.

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    or you could just use this: http://im.edirectory.co.uk/products/...iarsg12824.jpg spray it on, wait for it to haze (like 2 minutes depending on humidity) and wipe it off, preferably with a microfiber towel. comes off shinier then new!

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    Originally posted by Maverick9110E
    or you could just use this: http://im.edirectory.co.uk/products/...iarsg12824.jpg spray it on, wait for it to haze (like 2 minutes depending on humidity) and wipe it off, preferably with a microfiber towel. comes off shinier then new!
    We have stuff like that, we didn't like how it worked.

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    Never thought of furniture polish on the truck, but definitely don't like Armorall. It never dries and dirt sticks to it and looks like crap after you drive it. Vinyl dressing works great on rubber, and if you get a few coats on tires, after you wash them they don't need to be redone. The shine stays for a few months.

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    I am assumeing that you are speaking of a Pledge like product. Be careful, it dries out some types of paints and may types of rubber.
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    well my partner told me about it about 2 months ago. It works great. Its nice working with a guy who has been around for 18 years.

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    Never heard of furniture polish or ArmourAll on the paint. We just use a high quality Carnuba wax every 3 months and wash daily with a high wax content car soap.

    If we need a quick shine in between, we have some spray on stuff that is super easy to use and gives a nice shine. It only lasts a couple washings though.

    For the inside, we have some stuff from ZEP that works on all kinds of surfaces. Gives a nice shine without the work or getting slippery like AmourAll.

    The tires get spray on "wet look" tire dressing, I think from ZEP as well.
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    I've never heard of the furniture polish trick....... I would be afraid it would ruin the paint.....


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    How about the polished aluminum diamond plate?

    Our truck is going to need a good polishing before our May long weekend fundraiser BBQ, and the diamond plate needs the most attention.

    Any suggestions?

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    Originally posted by mcaldwell
    How about the polished aluminum diamond plate?

    Our truck is going to need a good polishing before our May long weekend fundraiser BBQ, and the diamond plate needs the most attention.

    Any suggestions?

    Better do this before Diggler (Weruj) gets in here....

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    beat me by 2 mins ............. *&(^)$#&$ @
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    Originally posted by Weruj1
    beat me by 2 mins ............. *&(^)$#&$ @
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    No no no no no no no!

    Do not use furniture polish on the paintwork of your fire apparatus!

    Use a good quality carnauba based wax or for more durability, a good polymer sealant. Remember... you get what you pay for, so don't go on the cheap!

    Trust me... I have an auto detailing venture on the side and wrote an article for Firehouse Magazine on Apparatus Detaling in the November 1992 edition!
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    In order to keep the trucks nice and shiney..

    I use...


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    Originally posted by Res343cue
    In order to keep the trucks nice and shiney..

    I use...


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    Capt Gonzo: What do you think about certain paint mfr's specifically citing in their literature (I know PPG Durethane is one) NOT to wax more than once a year? I ask this because our Engineer Nazi will not let our enthusiastic Juniors wax the rig (with PPG Durethane) prior to parades, community events, etc. He even has the ANNUAL wax date entered in the maintenance database. Thoughts?
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    Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
    No no no no no no no!

    Do not use furniture polish on the paintwork of your fire apparatus!

    Use a good quality carnauba based wax or for more durability, a good polymer sealant. Remember... you get what you pay for, so don't go on the cheap!

    Trust me... I have an auto detailing venture on the side and wrote an article for Firehouse Magazine on Apparatus Detaling in the November 1992 edition!
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    You can wax a fire truck?
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    Originally posted by FWDbuff
    Capt Gonzo: What do you think about certain paint mfr's specifically citing in their literature (I know PPG Durethane is one) NOT to wax more than once a year? I ask this because our Engineer Nazi will not let our enthusiastic Juniors wax the rig (with PPG Durethane) prior to parades, community events, etc. He even has the ANNUAL wax date entered in the maintenance database. Thoughts?
    The only way to keep a vehicles paintwork in ablsoute pristine condition is to park it inside a hermetically sealed environment away from the elements and never drive it again

    What are out rigs exposed to? Rain, sleet, snow, road salt, sand, environmental fallout, contaminants from fires, intense UV rays in the hot summer sun, etc.

    In other words...tell the "engineer nazi" that it's safe to wax the rig more than once a year. My pov's get a thorough detailing twice a year and waxed a minimum of once a month!
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    Our trucks get waxed once a month. Our extensive truck day is Monday of every week. County wide the 1st Monday of the month is the day to Wax the engine, 2nd Monday is Ladders for those stations with ladders, rescues (ambulances) for those that don't, 3rd Monday is the day for Rescue's, and fourth day is battalion cars for battalion stations.

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    Originally posted by dmleblanc
    You can wax a fire truck?
    Sure, if it has paint on it. And I dont mean Rustoleum
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    Originally posted by FWDbuff
    Capt Gonzo: What do you think about certain paint mfr's specifically citing in their literature (I know PPG Durethane is one) NOT to wax more than once a year? I ask this because our Engineer Nazi will not let our enthusiastic Juniors wax the rig (with PPG Durethane) prior to parades, community events, etc. He even has the ANNUAL wax date entered in the maintenance database. Thoughts?
    The only thing I ever heard is they dont want you to apply wax for the first 4-6 weeks to allow the paint to "set". Pierce even told us not to wash it with our normal car soap that has wax in it. And its not just Pierce. When we had our parade truck painted at a local shop, they said the same thing. Heck, thats what I was told when I had my POV painted
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    To keep them shiny after a run, we usually hit it with the California Duster. Keeps the minor dirt off...
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