How Often Must One Wax/Buff? - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-26-2015, 08:40 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Name: Cathy
Trailer: In the Market
Kansas
Posts: 799
Thanks everyone! Maybe I have just seen the "extremes" as a few blocks from here, someone has a Casita, shiny as a new penny. I don't know how old it is but we have been here 3 years and they keep it covered for about 4 months in the winter. They appear to use it quite a bite. We walk past with the dogs almost everything so I'm not stalking! I have seen older Scamps that look like they been through a war zone at a campground where they get construction workers. So, I have probably saw the worst case scenario to the best.
__________________

__________________
Cathy P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 08:43 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Jon Vermilye's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21
Oswego, NY
Posts: 1,407
Registry
While I like a "shiny" trailer as much as the next guy, my main reason for waxing is to make it easier to remove bug splatter. I usually do the front of the trailer at least a couple times a year; the rest of it once.
__________________

Jon Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 09:00 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Name: Cathy
Trailer: In the Market
Kansas
Posts: 799
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon Vermilye View Post
While I like a "shiny" trailer as much as the next guy, my main reason for waxing is to make it easier to remove bug splatter. I usually do the front of the trailer at least a couple times a year; the rest of it once.
We learned about love bugs the hard way and later watched others learn. Yuck! You would definitely want some extra protection when encountering them. There should be a section specifically on them included in every RV manual.
__________________
Cathy P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 09:41 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,566
Registry
Hope they're nothing like the swarm of large beetles I drove into outside Phoenix once (without the trailer, fortunately). Sounded like eggs cracking on the windshield and left splats the size of fried eggs, too!
__________________
Jon in AZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 10:26 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Borrego Dave View Post
Interesting post Francois. Does seem a bit sideways to what most folks on this sites thoughts are but I can see your point. .
I suspect the fiberglass trailer community is about 50/50 on the topic of keeping the shine on ... or at least that have been my observation at fiberglass trailer rallies.

Its a bit like cars - some people wash and wax and vacuum them every week others just open the doors once a year and use a leaf blower to blow all the garbage out of them
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 11:09 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Name: Cathy
Trailer: In the Market
Kansas
Posts: 799
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon in AZ View Post
Hope they're nothing like the swarm of large beetles I drove into outside Phoenix once (without the trailer, fortunately). Sounded like eggs cracking on the windshield and left splats the size of fried eggs, too!
They may be worse and what people don't understand is that leaving them on the finish is not the thing to do. They would come in with giant Class A's covered with them and would, despite being advised to get them cleaned off, decide to wait. One thing one learns when traveling is to listen to the locals.

Here is an article: https://insects.tamu.edu/extension/p.../eee_00025.cfm
__________________
Cathy P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 12:02 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
sokhapkin's Avatar
 
Name: Sergey
Trailer: 2014 Scamp 16 layout 4
SW Florida
Posts: 598
My Scamp is only 1.5 years old, stored under carport and washed/cleaned after every trip. It's shiny without wax. Bugs are easy to remove from gelcoat surface with microfiber cloth. As for small road particles dings - nothing will prevent them. Well, not exactly true. You can avoid dings if never hitch the trailer and only wax it :-)
__________________
Sergey
www.callwithus.com
sokhapkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 12:02 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cathy P. View Post
They may be worse and what people don't understand is that leaving them on the finish is not the thing to do.
Which is why I keep a small bottle of 3M Restore & Wax and and a micro fiber cloth in the trailer to deal with the bug stains easily and fast before they bake in.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 12:04 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
sokhapkin's Avatar
 
Name: Sergey
Trailer: 2014 Scamp 16 layout 4
SW Florida
Posts: 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carol H View Post
Its a bit like cars - some people wash and wax and vacuum them every week others just open the doors once a year and use a leaf blower to blow all the garbage out of them
I prefer a third option - I do not allow the garbage to get in.
__________________
Sergey
www.callwithus.com
sokhapkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2015, 08:28 PM   #24
Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: 16' Scamp
California
Posts: 63
Why Wax it

I have been thinking about this for the last few months, after buying my 2003 Scamp in late February. At first I considered wax and/or a cover, as I park it out in my Southern California driveway. Then I ruled out the cover because it is pricey and would be just one more hassle every time I want to take the trailer out or put it away. Next I ruled out wax because it is a lot of work and I don't particularly want to spend money on a buffer. I then considered the floor wax route, but I don't want this trailer looking like it is showroom new because I think that would attract a thief much quicker than a somewhat aged dull look. So, now I've ruled out the Zep floor wax or Meguires Marine Wax too. I agree with Francois, Why Bother, just keep it clean.

I wash my trailer at a coin operated carwash. To possibly provide some protection (without much effort) I'll apply the spray wax with each wash.

Thanks, for posting, it has been interesting to see what others do.
__________________
Stargazer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2015, 07:48 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
james kent's Avatar
 
Name: james
Trailer: Boler 1984
Ontario
Posts: 2,938
I clean and polish/wax early in spring to get the winter grunge off then wipe down with an instant detailer spray and wipe when necessary, to keep it looking good.


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________
james kent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2015, 09:52 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
Name: Darral
Trailer: Scamp Standard 13' 2010
Tennessee
Posts: 1,443
This is really an interesting subject...

A "must"? No. But I bought my Scamp new in 2010. I've waxed it once a year since with Protect All and it's still shining. It sits under a carport when not in use. And for what it's worth I do NOT use a "buffer" on it. Just lint-free polishing rags because it's not chalky (requires more stringent polishing/waxing methods). IF you keep it waxed, you shouldnt have to worry about it "chalking". Mine is 5 + years and counting.

Maybe some DONT care what their trailer looks like to others. I do. If I was a loner/boondocker maybe I would feel different (MAYBE)...I doubt it. I also care for my home like I do the Scamp. I've driven by TOO many houses and look at the "neglect" and wonder WHY??

I've seen SOME Scamps that you can tell some people absolutely do not care one ounce what their trailer looks like as long as it ROLLS! Nasty doors (interior..especially the bottom...another story..I fixed that on mine if anyone is interested), bugs ALL over the front with no hint of caring to remove them. I've had people ask me...just this spring in Gulf Shores... "..is this new?". Fanatic? Maybe. I even carry a spray bottle of some carnauba-based wash/wax mix to remove the bugs at a campground. I've been laughed at. No matter, I will keep it looking as new as possible as long as I can.

Again, after viewing many Scamps (and SOBs), with some, I've told my wife that if ours EVER gets to looking like that (from neglect and not caring), it's OUTTA here! I meant it then and now.
__________________
Darral T. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2015, 10:27 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stargazer View Post
Next I ruled out wax because it is a lot of work and I don't particularly want to spend money on a buffer.
When I wax mine I do not use a buffer - simple apply the wax with a micro fiber cloth and wipe off with a clean one 2 min. later. The new synthetic waxes are easy & fast to apply.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2015, 10:29 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,566
Registry
Same here. Bought a buffer, but doing it by hand proved easier.
__________________

__________________
Jon in AZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Floor Polish? buff or not,,, wax or not. ampline Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 10 08-26-2013 07:58 PM
How often do leaf springs fail? TonyB Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 11 01-11-2008 09:40 PM
I've often said... Doug Mager General Chat 1 12-18-2006 08:36 AM
This is for the car buff's james kent General Chat 6 06-27-2006 08:29 PM
Wax On... Wax Off... Legacy Posts Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 2 04-19-2003 10:19 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.