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Old 03-07-2013, 10:14 PM   #547
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Yeah I just need to look around for a reputable reasonable priced wax... so many products with the marine signature are just rape me expensive... will do some google searches... figure in april it should be warm enough to paint my boot stripe...er... bellyband dark hunter green then once dry and cured wash and wax time! Cause it needs it.

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:05 PM   #548
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deryk, I don't think you can ever go wrong with Meguires or Mothers products. Those were the "go to" waxes/polishes here on FiberglassRV before Red Max Pro and Poliglow moved to the forefront. Of course, those are used for different reasons than keeping a new gelcoat looking good.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:19 PM   #549
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I asked this question months ago, but it never really got answered. My boler had a ton of graffiti and some pretty nasty punctures. I had it fixed and painted by some pros. Now what do I do? Should I apply wax over paint? Shouldn't the paint protect the fiberglass from uv rays? Or do I need to protect the paint to protect the fiberglass? If anyone could give me a wee bit of advice, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:01 AM   #550
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I asked this question months ago, but it never really got answered. My boler had a ton of graffiti and some pretty nasty punctures. I had it fixed and painted by some pros. Now what do I do? Should I apply wax over paint? Shouldn't the paint protect the fiberglass from uv rays? Or do I need to protect the paint to protect the fiberglass? If anyone could give me a wee bit of advice, I'd appreciate it.
What was it painted with? If a two part paint, (epoxy) it is essentially like having a new layer of gel coat. Each type of paint will have different maintenance instructions.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:44 AM   #551
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It's an automotive paint... if there's such a thing. the same paint you'd paint a car. I was under the impression gel paint was a much thicker coating.
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Gel coat on fiberglass is very thin, its sprayed on the mould before they lay the cloth into it. I would wax it. People wax car's for the same reason (lol I don't but I want my ParkLiner shiny lol)

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:23 AM   #553
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Jude, IMO the short answer is No, we should not attempt to protect or improve appearance of automotive paint with polymer floor wax.

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I could use STP as hair pomade. It would keep my hair in place. I don't. There are accepted products formulated to overcoat, protect, and restore the appearance of automotive paint just as there are similar preparations for fiberglass gelcoat. When the conventional solution fails to produce a reasonable benefit ratio against cost of product and time/effort, it's time to look for unconventional solutions; not before.

I'm not a chemist and I don't play one on this forum. There are questions of compatibility (Will it stick?) and reversibility (Is it difficult to remove if necessary?) which apply to any overcoat on any surface or over another "finish." There is at least one frequent contributor here who has applied RMPro to automotive finishes and to thermoformed plastic fenders, rocker panels, etc. and is happy with the results. About a month back, another member here and fellow Burro owner stated that, in his experience, attempting to remove RMP or similar from a painted finish with ammonia created a streaked mess on the lower portions of a painted trailer.

ALL endorsements AND condemnations of unconventional solutions for familiar problems need to be taken with a block of salt. In Jude's case I believe it prudent to "try in an inconspicuous area" or, better still, on a disposable item such as an orphaned or junked fender, tailgate.

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Painted camper - wax it. I like meguiars gold class carnauba.

New gelcoat - wax it.

Old thin gelcoat you can't do much with - floor wax it!
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Should chisel that on stone tablets, Jared!

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Painted camper - wax it. I like meguiars gold class carnauba.

New gelcoat - wax it.

Old thin gelcoat you can't do much with - floor wax it!
Absolutely!
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If you use high class wax on your camper how long does it last before it needs rewaxing?
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How often do you wax your car? Same amount of time!!
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