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Old 03-02-2006, 07:22 PM   #15
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WOW, thanks for all the ideas so far. I took the trailer to a boat and fiberglass repair place and got an estimate to wax the trillium. $300.00 to do it now. I mentioned I might have to wait until the fall and he said it will probably be $500.00. He said it is heavily oxidized and needs to be sanded (1200 grit) and buffed out before it is waxed. It's been stored outside and uncovered.

I don't know, attempting to do it myself is physically painful, having them do is financially painful. Guess I'll get some more estimates or look for a better idea. I'll check out a "detailing" place and see what they say.

My kids wouldn't wax it for me.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:28 PM   #16
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I donno-waxing is probably overrated. It looks nice awhile but sometimes we cross the line and become anal retentave and forget it's a TRAILER. Clean is nice but let's gaze at the beauty of nature around and not focus on the equipment that is the merely the means to an end.
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:53 AM   #17
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I donno-waxing is probably overrated. It looks nice awhile but sometimes we cross the line and become anal retentave and forget it's a TRAILER. Clean is nice but let's gaze at the beauty of nature around and not focus on the equipment that is the merely the means to an end.
I agree Shirley , But once a year I use Macquires spray wax after a wash, To protect the gel coat. Having young people do it under supervision is a great Idea.
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Old 03-03-2006, 01:25 PM   #18
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There are several reason for wanting to keep a trailer waxed.

The greatest reason for me, is a waxed trailer is easier to keep clean. After some trips, I can come home, clean the bugs off the front and hose it down. Done.

Prior to waxing I had to get out the ladder, soap and bucket and spend time cleaning the road grime off. Waxing has nearly eliminated most of these steps each and every time I take the trailer out.

A waxed trailer looks better. Okay, so Iím a visual person and proud of my lightweight molded fiberglass trailer ownership. I like to take care of my possessions.

A waxed trailer has a better slipstream and aids in reducing the drag affect when towing, hence better gas mileage. In the grand scheme of things, it may be miniscule, but every bit helps.

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Old 03-03-2006, 01:32 PM   #19
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ahhhh 'wax on" with right hand.... "wax off' with left hand.. makes Egg beautiful!!!
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Old 03-03-2006, 02:18 PM   #20
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What about taking it to one of those self-serve car wash bays? It seems that each car wash is different in the quality of the cleaners they use in their bays but I have a few local favorites that I use for my car. My vehicle is 6 years old, I wash it about every other week in the wintertime...have never waxed it by hand and the water beads right off.

Seems like the easiest way to wax...with careful attention to where you spray the high pressure wand...no windows, or vents.
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:57 PM   #21
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The color of dirt sounds great! I have a little painting job to do on the exterior of the house this spring/summer, think I'll bring a sample from the garden into the paint store! (For neighbours, I'll call it "taupe" or perhaps "beige 3121" and I'll tell all my friends -- it's dirt, and it's local.

Wax -- I have never waxed my car, don't see why I'd wax my Boler. BUT it was chalky/oxidized, so I used 3-step product, hmmm, wait a minute -- now I can't find it, a brand name suggested here a while back -- Maguire's! 1. De-oxidize, 2. Clean, 3, I forget, but looks fine after the 3 steps. Get the neighbour kid/student to do it, labour-intensive, very effective. Supply shop towels, lemonade and running commentary.
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:20 AM   #22
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We went to a self serve car wash to wash "Annie after yarding her out of the blackberries.
Careful with High pressure wand. Then we camped about 2 miles away and used Macquires . Looks great . I recommend it , they make other products , There 3 step for deoxidizing sounds like the ticket. I really like the part about the hired labor. I use Turtle wax car wash product to wash my Scamp up as needed and then a bit of Macquires spray wax to make it really sharp. spray on, let it turn white and buff off with a towel.
I agree with Donna it is a lot easier to keep clean when it is waxed up
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:31 PM   #23
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I have been using NOTHING but MacGuires on my rods and daily drivers since 1972. Wouldn't think of using anything else. Yes, waxing isa very laborous chore but to those of us who are into that kinda thing, a clean/waxed vehicle of any sort is always very pleasant to look at
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:44 AM   #24
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Hi Curtis,
I own a 1978 Trillium 4500 here in Michigan. I've tried everything! ! My #1 pick to date is Collinite Wax. Designed for fiberglass boats. It goes on easy, but of course you want to tackle one area at a time when applying and polishing. Very nice shine that lasts. I bought my 1 bottle that covered my 15 footer off of ebay for $6.95. Good Luck! Dave
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Old 03-18-2006, 10:36 AM   #25
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WOW, thanks for all the ideas so far. I took the trailer to a boat and fiberglass repair place and got an estimate to wax the trillium. $300.00 to do it now. I mentioned I might have to wait until the fall and he said it will probably be $500.00. He said it is heavily oxidized and needs to be sanded (1200 grit) and buffed out before it is waxed. It's been stored outside and uncovered.

I don't know, attempting to do it myself is physically painful, having them do is financially painful. Guess I'll get some more estimates or look for a better idea. I'll check out a "detailing" place and see what they say.

My kids wouldn't wax it for me.
I'd suggest that due to your health you see if the place would work out a 'deal' with you for the next 3 years. If they would charge $300 each time. I'll assume that you would do a lot of camping during the year and this would require the necessary work effort. Once you get a good foundation of protection, maintenance becomes quite easy.
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