Cleaning 1984 Scamp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-23-2018, 04:48 PM   #1
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Cleaning 1984 Scamp

I need help figuring out the best way to bring my 1984 scamp fiberglass back to life. It has been sitting for 10 years and the fiberglass needs a rejuvenation. The outside of the scamp seems chalky to the touch. What would you suggest I use? Thank you! Will follow with before and after pictures!!
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:43 PM   #2
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whatever you do

don't use anything abrasive maybe your gel coat is gone I don't know. for finish get Spartan wax at lowers or homedopot. lots of work for you but worth it!!


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Old 02-23-2018, 07:10 PM   #3
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If you are going to remove oxidation, you will have to use an abrasive.
3M makes a product ( as do others ) that is designed for the application.
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hi Kendall and welcome to FGRV. You say it's been sitting for 10 years. How was the overall condition of the window seals/floor and running gear? BTW, we love pics .
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Old 02-24-2018, 12:05 PM   #5
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Acetone may work: it is non-abrasive, and does not hurt fiberglass.
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:31 PM   #6
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Some owners have used the liquid version of Barkeepers Friend. I used it on our Uhaul.
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Old 02-24-2018, 02:10 PM   #7
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Fiberglass cleaner.

Lived on fiberglass boat 9yrs. Best fiberglass cleaner by far is Collinit Fiberglass Boat Cleaner 920. Chemically removes oxide. Be ready to use lots of cleaning rags. When a rag fills with oxide it quits working. Buy the half gallon size, cheaper that way. Just continue using until it's clean. Their products are not cheap but when you are done the cost will have been worth it. Collinite"s Fleet Wax is worth the price also. It goes a long way.
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Old 02-24-2018, 03:40 PM   #8
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Another product similar to Bar Keepers friend is Bon Ami. It works great but unlike BKF it is non abrasive. I have also used Poli Glow cleaner, prep and Final shine with great results for cleaning, prepping and year round shine on my fiberglass boat.

The great thing about the Poli Glow is that it is very easy to apply. Brings chalky gel coat back to life.

Lots of advice, lots of options.

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Old 02-24-2018, 06:07 PM   #9
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chalky 84 Scamp

One of the best resurrections of an FG body around seems to be Zep "wet look" industrial floor treatment on a surface thoroughly prepped with bar tenders friend and and multiple thin coats of Zep. Check it out at any Class A forum!! there are naysayers as always, however bad prep begets crap results!

The work you are doing makes me wonder why the OE maker didn't just build it that way in the first place! I'm sure it will amaze and awe the multitudes.

Very well thought out and executed. G.
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If you use floor wax, can you walk on the roof?
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:51 PM   #11
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My 2001 Casita was a chalky streaky mess. I tried several things, but finally cleaned it with Bar Keepers Friend, powdered type and a blue scrubby that is for Teflon products. It was amazing how much nasty it cleaned off. My trailer even had mold/mildew on it. It had sat stored outside for a long time before I bought her.
Rinsed very well and the second day I applied one thin coat of PolyGlo, by the time I was finished with the first coat was dry I could reapply. I did a total of four coats.
I could see myself in the pure white sparkling surface.
I am a seventy year old lady, and this job was totally within my grasp. My friend had her Scamp done professionally and it was no comparison to the finish on my Casita.
This year I will clean and apply another coat of Poly Glo. Think it has been two years since I initially did this job and I can still see reflection in it.
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Is that called 'Moon Dancing"?
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:47 PM   #13
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I've seen comments about the floor wax eventually yellowing or peeling, necessitating stripping it off and reapplying. I just use a wax made for fiberglass boats, don't need that high gloss shine, but it does look good if that's what you like.
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