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Old 05-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #393
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Probably exceeds the manufacturers recommended tow capacity.
Its a European Tractor so it has unlimited tow capacity at any speed!
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:57 PM   #394
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Oh, and if I ended up with any Red Max on,any of my windows how should I take it off? Ammonia/water
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #395
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Razor and widow cleaner. Make sure to spray the window first or you could damage the glass. Window cleaners do this all the time. Use this method only on glass windows
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:49 PM   #396
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Leave the widow out of it! But yeah, if glass windows a razor blade and glass cleaner containing ammonia should work. If not check back.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:03 PM   #397
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Of course if you were using a Mac, you wouldn't have windoze.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:22 AM   #398
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You just wipe it on and let it dry, it does not take much, 2 coats used about 8 oz so a gallon will give you 16 coats.
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Restoring the finish of an older RV using Red Max Pro:

Materials:
-Red Max Pro (Step 3) Low Maintenance Floor Finish (available at Lowes)
-Bar Keeper’s Friend (powdered)
-TSP (powdered)
-3M scrubbies (white)
-White Microfiber rags
-Latex gloves




Preparing the surface is the most important part, since anything left on the surface will be sealed under the Red Max Pro acrylic coating. Start by washing your RV as you normally would, making sure to include the roof, rinsing well from the top down.

Now, you want to remove any and all stains, soiling, oxidation, and chalkiness from the surface of the RV. Dip a white 3M scrubbie into water and then sprinkle Bar Keeper’s Friend on it. Scrub the surface of the RV, rinsing the scrubbie and re-applying the BKF often. Do small areas at a time, rinsing well with water and a sponge as you go. I used a "flow-thru" brush with a hose to rinse the BKF thoroughly as I went.

The next step is to make sure that there is absolutely no remaining wax on the surface, since wax can cause the Red Max to peel. Mix up a bucket of TSP (1/2 cup) in water (2 gal), and wash the entire RV. You can use a carwash brush, a sponge, a pressure washer…anything you would normally use. Rinse well, and let it dry completely. You should be left with a clean and smooth (although dull) surface. Congrats, the prep-work is now complete!


Now for the easy part. Pour some Red Max Pro (RMP) into a shallow container (a pie pan works well). Fold a microfiber rag to about hand-sized, dip into the RMP (trust me, use gloves!), and squeeze out the excess. How much/how wet? You want it more than damp, but less than dripping. Now simply wipe down the surface of the RV with the wet rag. Don’t try to over-apply; just wet the surface (imagine wiping a layer of dust off with a wet rag). It really doesn’t matter whether you wipe horizontally, vertically, or in circles; RMP is very thin/watery and you are just trying to “wet” the surface. Work your way all the way around the RV. RMP will dry quickly; before you’ve gone all the way around, it will be dry and you can immediately start on the next coat.

That first coat will likely look really bad; streaky, shiny in some places, dull in others…don’t panic. Each additional coat will even it out and start to build up a deep layer of shine. By coat 3, you will be grinning ear to ear. And coat 4 (or 5) will be the icing on the cake. Not only will your RV shine like it hasn’t shined in years, it will be a deeper color as well. Even old. faded, cracked graphics will have a new lease on life! All for about $30 total!

Things (I learned) to keep in mind:

-Don’t use colored microfiber rags unless they have been laundered, as the color may bleed.

-Be careful around window frames, locks, latches, etc., as the RMP is very watery and will have a tendency to gather and cause runs. Watch for runs and give them a quick wipe before they start to “set up”.

-Some older, deteriorated graphics may “bleed” color onto the rag. If you noticed any bleeding during the BKF or TSP stage, then do a quick single coat of RMP across the graphics first, which will seal them up. Then go ahead and apply the RMP as per the tutorial.

-After each coat, go around and open/operate all hatches, locks, catches, etc. The acrylic (RMP) coating can sort of “glue” them closed.

-You can also do the window frames and other painted metal areas; in fact, I did my entire Class C cab since, like the rest of my RV, it was also very faded and dull. Came out fantastic!


Part 2: Maintaining the Red Max Pro finish:

Now that your RV looks like it has a new, clear coated paint job, you’ll want to maintain that new finish as long as possible, right? Well, the good news is that it is extremely easy to do so.

Most commonly used car wash soaps will not harm the Red Max Pro finish, so you can wash your RV as you always have. In fact, you’ll probably find that it comes clean much easier than before, as dirt, bugs, and debris seems to “float” right off quite easily. You do want to avoid anything with Ammonia in it, such as some window cleaners, as ammonia will eat into the Red Max Pro (like floor stripper). Waxing is not needed, and in fact I recommend against it, as wax may interfere with “touch-up” coats of Red Max Pro down the road.

After 6 months to a year, if the finish starts to lose it’s shine, just give the RV a good wash job, let dry completely, and then give it a touch-up coat or two of RMP, wiping it on just as you did originally.
These are great instructions and worth repeating - and wish I saw them first.
I got a little too clever and thought foam paint brushes would be the ticket. Ugh, the first coat dripped and ran all over. Then I did the final coats with a microfiber cloth using a circular motion - that's the way to go.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:46 PM   #399
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I did three coats a yr. ago in early June. Nothing but carwashes since and not many of those. I thought about a TSP wash and an additional coat this spring but have decided to wait until after an eastern states egg rallly we're attending in late June because "Time will tell." I've said this before (got it from Randy B. the original R M Pro) and I'll say it again: I believe the official Polyglo chamois applicator is worth the price even tho not used with Polyglo. If you go that route, you also need a paint roller pan, a painter's extension pole or handle, and a smaller chamois (comes with the P. applicator) or a microfiber rag for finer details around vents and windows. Nice wide swaths, folks, and faster.

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:29 PM   #400
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I did one coat on my close awning. Anybody try this? Today I went out to the barn and it didn't look so great on there. So I'm wondering if I should give it another coat or just remove it for there?
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #401
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One coat never looks good ..all streaky and patchy.......



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I did one coat on my close awning. Anybody try this? Today I went out to the barn and it didn't look so great on there. So I'm wondering if I should give it another coat or just remove it for there?
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:06 AM   #402
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I did one coat on my close awning. Anybody try this? Today I went out to the barn and it didn't look so great on there. So I'm wondering if I should give it another coat or just remove it for there?
Not sure it will work on awning fabric!!
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:31 PM   #403
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Not sure it will work on awning fabric!!
Closed awning.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #404
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I was just at Lowe's & saw they had a very large container of Red Max Pro 3 on clearance for their side walk sale. I didn't really need that much of it so I went for the Zep Wet Look. I also bought some TSP & Bar Keeper's Friend. I hope the Zep Wet Look works as well as the Red Max Pro 3.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:24 AM   #405
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I think I paid $16 for a gallon, that must be a 5 gal container. You could resell it in pint containers to members here, it only takes a little to do your trailer, maybe 8 oz.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:25 AM   #406
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Well, I'm tired and my arms and neck muscles ache because I washed and used BKF this morning to clean my Casita.....then I used the Red Max Pro 3 I've been dying to try since I read the posts on it last year. All I can say is WOW! It really looks great. And since I'm a no youngster,l and I didn't fall off the 3 step ladder while cleaning it, I am really smiling! My 2003 looks like new......wonder if it would work on improving the finish on a 66 year old woman? BTW Lowe's had a giant 5 gallon container on sale which I bought....much more than I'll ever use because it doesn't take much.
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