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Old 02-10-2014, 06:41 PM   #29
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[QUOTE=David Tilston;441232 but the difference I see is the Corvette is painted, where the trailer is gel coat. .[/QUOTE]

Yup thats the BIG difference! Boats are also gel coat thus the reason the same products are used on fiberglass trailers.

Using a light cleaning compound for gelcoat boats & trailers if done correctly will give you that same smooth feel you are obtaining using the clay bar on a painted car.

The problems come with our trailers as has been said is when they are left for long periods of time with little or no protection and the gelcoat will oxidize. Once you deal with that issue it pretty simple to keep them shiny with a good waxing a couple of times a year.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:16 PM   #30
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Abrasive..not on a new trailer

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I used Meguires Marine wax. Since our trailer is 30 years old I cleaned it first with Bar Keepers Friend. I've seen a fiberglass camper done with the floor wax, and it had a unique shine, but I prefer to use a product made for a specific application, thus the fiberglass marine wax. Just my personal preference.

Donna,

This was what I was telling the OP NOT to do as his trailer is pretty new. Bar Keepers Friend is abrasive.

And I would NOT recommend floor wax as was posted at the start of this thread.

Ultimately, it will be up to the OP to figure out and research what he wants to do on his trailer.

It's all good....stay warm and 40 days til spring..
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Most interesting! I didn't realize that FG trailers come gelcoated (like boats) from the manufacturer. Heck, I've never heard of gelcoat so did some research. The products are different for cleaning & polishing, but the process is similar for cars, boats, and travel trailers. You need products that are designed for each target. First step is cleaning, next step is applying a preserving sealer. Some yacht sites recommend carnuba wax. I have carnuba, but rarely use it because it is my experience that it lasts far shorter than car synthetic polishes, so on a boat exposed to constant water and humidity, I find it hard to believe it would last at all.

The one thing I will never do is put floor wax on a trailer or anything else outside. Floor wax is designed for sheltered indoor use, and not for an environment of weather—acid rain, UV exposure, and extreme temperatures. My experience in life is that UV degradation is the worst thing that happens over time to any synthetic product out in the elements. Gelcoat will be no different.

There are quite a few trailers out there that have been custom painted. With paint, then car products will be ideal. With gelcoat, boat products specifically for gelcoat will be best.
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I understand your reluctance to use floor wax. The points you raise are valid, but.... Take a look at this thread of testimonials, all 47 pages:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ell-43004.html

While the floor wax will not last forever, it is easy to strip off and do again.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:57 AM   #33
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As one of the posters in the "NOT Poliglow" thread, I would like to reiterate some of the wisdom on this current thread. The Red Max and Zep floor products are not wax, but rather a much harder, more durable, synthetic product. I had spectacular results when using Red Max on a ten-year old trailer that had probably never been waxed and was stored outside in intense UV conditions. I tried to restore it using conventional wax, but the gelcoat was so chalky, the results were mediocre. Maybe I could have done better with many more hours of re-waxing and buffing. That being said, my current trailer was stored indoors prior to my purchasing it and the gelcoat is still in good shape. So I am maintaining that condition with Meguires wax. But my trailer is stored outdoors at my current residence and I may eventually lose the battle. If that happens I wouldn't hesitate to go back to the Red Max (now Zep) product. The OP on this thread has a new enough trailer that conventional wax products should still be the way to go.
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I tried to restore it using conventional wax, but the gelcoat was so chalky, the results were mediocre. Maybe I could have done better with many more hours of re-waxing and buffing. .
You can put all the wax in the world on a fiberglass trailer with a chalky finish and it will never shine. You need to buff off the chalky stuff off the gelcoat first using a compound specifically designed for that. Once the chalky finish is off then wax away - it will glow for years to come assuming you take steps to protect it yearly by re waxing.
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What preparations do I need to do to my egg before I wax? Will pressure washing it with soap/water work?
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:58 PM   #36
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Zep all the way! It took my 1992

scamp to looking new right away!
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What preparations do I need to do to my egg before I wax? Will pressure washing it with soap/water work?
No, no, no! No pressure washing. THAT will blast perfectly good sealant away from areas that you want to keep sealed up.

Did you read the referanced thread?
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If you're not careful, you can blow off the gelcoat with a pressure washer.
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What preparations do I need to do to my egg before I wax? Will pressure washing it with soap/water work?

What Donna said. Use old fashioned elbow grease. Hand scrub, rinse, check for areas that need re-cleaning, and then clean and rinse again.

Then seal and shine it.
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From Home depot in montreal
the zep trio do wonders!
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From Home depot in montreal
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The OP has a 2012 trailer! No need/reason to contaminate the gelcoat with floor sealer to get a good shine.
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I have been using Meguiar's Flagship Marine Wax (liquid, not paste) as I'm a newbie to waxing and was afraid I wouldn't do a good job with the paste. I do have a couple of questions...I have waxed once this year with the above product. Can one wax as often as desired, or would there be a build up of wax (like a floor) that would be undesirable?

Second, since I've never taken a waxing "class," all I've ever done is rinse trailer with water, wash with soapy water (little bit of Dawn dish detergent), dry and then apply the Meguiar's liquid wax in small areas with a microfiber applicator, wait for haze, and then use one side of towel to remove haze, other side to rub in circles for a while. Don't know what else to look for or do?
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