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Old 10-24-2008, 03:18 AM   #1
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I will be a new camper. Retired nurse. I bought a Burro, 24 yrs. old, it is dull looking. Should I wax it? What about leaving it out in the snow. any information will be helpful
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:56 AM   #2
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I will be a new camper. Retired nurse. I bought a Burro, 24 yrs. old, it is dull looking. Should I wax it? What about leaving it out in the snow. any information will be helpful
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http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=32081
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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Hi: Norra...and My name is Alf S. and I am a "Fiberglass Addict". "Our Escape Hatch" has been in storage for 6 days now and I'm suffering from "Withdrawl"...
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:50 AM   #4
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:08 AM   #5
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www.JamestownDistributors.com carries good products for polishing and cleaning, also some stain removing products that have worked well for me when needed. The poli product that is highly rated via the grapevine here I have tried and worked well too... cleaning the surface first made it work even better. Plastic gel coating has a set decay rate and that is non negotiable, however good care can pay off, My fiberglass rig is 39 years old and I am just going to redo the gel coat because of some micro fractures in the outer coat. Welcome to a really great site and enjoy your trailer.


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I will be a new camper. Retired nurse. I bought a Burro, 24 yrs. old, it is dull looking. Should I wax it? What about leaving it out in the snow. any information will be helpful
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:21 PM   #6
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www.JamestownDistributors.com carries good products for polishing and cleaning, also some stain removing products that have worked well for me when needed. The poli product that is highly rated via the grapevine here I have tried and worked well too... cleaning the surface first made it work even better. Plastic gel coating has a set decay rate and that is non negotiable, however good care can pay off, My fiberglass rig is 39 years old and I am just going to redo the gel coat because of some micro fractures in the outer coat. Welcome to a really great site and enjoy your trailer.
As one nurse to another, I really think PolyGlow is worth the $$! We used the cleaner that they make, before applying several coats of PolyGlow. Although our Trillium is nearly 30 years old, it shines like new. I had tried Mequire's products, but that did not last 3 months and was a lot more work! Good luck on whatever you decide. Maybe I will see you around some day! Vi
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:58 PM   #7
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Be careful with polishes -- Technically polish removes some of the surface to smooth it -- Polishes usually contain varying degrees of abrasive materials, so read the labels and apply gently.

A note on power tools -- I have noticed a direct correlation between friends who use power buffers and early failure of finishes on vehicles and fiberglass boats -- If one must use power to polish (brrrr!) or buff, use the orbital kind.
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:01 PM   #8
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Be careful with polishes -- Technically polish removes some of the surface to smooth it -- Polishes usually contain varying degrees of abrasive materials, so read the labels and apply gently.

A note on power tools -- I have noticed a direct correlation between friends who use power buffers and early failure of finishes on vehicles and fiberglass boats -- If one must use power to polish (brrrr!) or buff, use the orbital kind.
I saw Vi and John's Trill at Bandon,Or this summer. We thought they had it painted. Poly-Glow did a beautiful job.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:38 AM   #9
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Congrads on your Burro!!!!!!!!! I live in Howell, Michigan and have camped a lot in northern Michigan. Where are you located? I own a 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe I found 6 years ago in Williamston, MI. Where did you find yours? I also find, fix, restore and sell these little gems. I have a serveral step process I use depending on the condition of the fiberglass trailer I am working on. We can exchange messages or you are welcome to contact me direct to discuss the condition of your Burro and the steps I recommend for your little jewel!

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Old 10-26-2008, 11:44 AM   #10
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Try scrubbing it with a damp sponge with Borax powder sprinkled on the sponge. This removes the oxidation quite well. Then you can follow with good old Turtle Wax like you would a car. I restored a Scamp finish this way before and it looked great.
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I should have mentioned that PolyGlow is one of the non-abrasive finishes -- Rather than 'sanding' the surface down to smooth, it fills the surface up to smooth and then some. I was impressed with the yardstick results that I saw on the PolyGlow site a while back.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:28 PM   #12
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The thing I don't like about Polyglow and Vertglas is that they are like putting a "shellac" coating on your trailer. Those type of coatings need to be redone every year, and can flake and chip off easily. They do look nice, though.
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Congrads on your Burro!!!!!!!!! I live in Howell, Michigan and have camped a lot in northern Michigan. Where are you located? I own a 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe I found 6 years ago in Williamston, MI. Where did you find yours? I also find, fix, restore and sell these little gems. I have a serveral step process I use depending on the condition of the fiberglass trailer I am working on. We can exchange messages or you are welcome to contact me direct to discuss the condition of your Burro and the steps I recommend for your little jewel!

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Hello....... I am not sure if this site gets the message back to you. I did not find a space that states, reply. I live in Carp Lake, MI. about 6 miles south of Mackinaw City. I am a semi retired nurse. my brother Larry, went to a fly wheelers affair in Waloon Lake, and I joined his group. I slept in my Suburu. knock out...... I got hooked on camping a little. I found this Burro, a 1984. The outside looks dull, possibly never been polished. I notice micro cracks in it on the corners. I just want to do the best I can for it.

I know where Howell is, I just came back from Pinckney, and went thru Howell. Please write back.

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:32 AM   #14
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First time I used this site.......... I sent you a message on the site you wrote to me........ See if it went thru. I will be back from jail this afternoon to check on your reply.

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