How to get trailer waxed? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-27-2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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I was looking at my 2 year old Trillium and am of the opinion that it could do with a good coat of wax. I've washed it a few times, but the gelcoat is looking a little dull (oxidized I presume).

I really don't want to experience the pain that attempting to wax the trailer would generate in my aging bones. Best I figure I could do, would be to do a side (or top) a day for 5 days to get it all done. Even then I would be continuously taking additional pain meds that include a recommendation not to drive.

Does anyone pay to have their trailer waxed? Any idea what it would or should cost to have it waxed? Or do I just let the trailer lose it's shine?

Thanks for your thoughts on the matter

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Old 02-27-2006, 04:48 PM   #2
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I am sure you could take it to any auto detailing place and have it done. If you don't have any near you, maybe a teenager wanting to make a few bucks could do it.

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Old 02-27-2006, 05:00 PM   #3
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Is there a teenager / neighbor/ college student who could do the job with your supervision?
The experience of working with you might be worth a lot more than the cash earned.

Call the local high school and ask to speak with a counselor regarding a job opportunity. Be clear about what you expect and are willing to pay. He or she should be able to put you in touch with a responsible student. You could be offering a very positive experience for a kid! Not every girl and boy gets to wax a trailer with a Dad (or Mom or grandparent).

For a fair price, call and ask what a wash and wax on a large SUV would cost at the local car wash. Go from there.
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:07 PM   #4
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We have a church youth group that does this type of task for contribution to there mission trips to Mexico and ski trips to Colorado. You might ask the pastor of your local church.
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:34 PM   #5
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It does seem like a daunting task, even spread over a couple of days. So, after you get that good coat of wax on it the first time...keep it up like a general maintenance issue. There are several members that carry wax and rags with them even when camping. Think small...a 4' x 4' area at a time. Only takes a few minutes and you've covered a fairly good size piece of fiberglass.

Personally, I've found I need to wax from the belly band up about three times as often from the belly band down. Figures doesn't it...gotta get the ladder out for that!

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Old 02-27-2006, 08:14 PM   #6
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Does anyone pay to have their trailer waxed? Any idea what it would or should cost to have it waxed?
In my urban area, there are several people who provide this kind of detailing service. In addition to many, many people who detail cars, and have a completely mobile (they come to you) business, I checked out a flier that was in a stack at Camping World. When I called and spoke with the entepreneur, he assured me that he had all the special things needed for fiberglass and would clean and wax my trailer inside and out for only [b]$275.00.
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:33 PM   #7
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I have paid to have my 13' Scamp waxed and it was worth every penny. Here is Iowa I called a local detailing place and they did it for around $90.00 That was 2 years ago. I would do it again in a heart beat. In fact I am thinking about taking my 5th wheel Scamp in this Spring and have it done.

I tried to wax the 13' on my own and there is no way I could have had the same results. In fact my efforts were a disaster. I would probably still be waxing and not camping!

Call your local detailers, I was pleasantly surprise at the price.

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Old 02-28-2006, 01:10 PM   #8
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Whoever ends up doing the waxing, it's an easier job if the surface is well prepped. I have found that Vim paste does a nice job of pre-wax cleaning.

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Old 02-28-2006, 02:22 PM   #9
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A couple of years back I tried to con Suz into doing mine after seeing what a stellar job she did on hers.
She would have none of it.

Where is Suz anyway?
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:53 PM   #10
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Ummm, out waxing her trailer?

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Old 03-02-2006, 11:42 AM   #11
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... I have found that Vim paste does a nice job of pre-wax cleaning.
If we're thinking of the same stuff, Vim is a thick liquid cleaner usually used on countertops, sinks, etc. It is mildly abrasive, which is why it works well, but I think anyone using this type of product should be aware that it is abrasive.

It does sound like a good idea for stubbornly dirty or oxidized areas - I'll keep that in mind for spot cleaning.
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:09 PM   #12
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An alternative would be to have a good automotive clear coat sprayed on, since wax only lasts a short time anyway, say three to six months if left outside exposed to the sun and rain. At somewhere $90 and $275 a pop for a wax job, a first class clear coat job might just be a good deal. That way it will always have that "shine".

Another idea is to invest in a small electric pressure washer. They shouldn't develop enough pressure to harm fiberglass gel coat and do a good job of getting dirt out of the gell coat pores. This won't help the shine though. You could think of it as satin, as in "Satin Doll".

A third idea is to paint it the color of dirt. The Lincoln Town Car I inherited when my parents passed away is such a color. Most auto manufacturers have developed colors that must have been formulated to match the dirt color most prevalent near their factories. They are all just a variation on a theme, and I would expect any of them would work well on a fiberglass RV to reduce maintenance.
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Old 03-02-2006, 03:52 PM   #13
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Charles Watts had his kids wash and wax his Casita for his birthday present, so if you have any kids or grand kids have them do it for your birthday or Father's day present for you.
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Old 03-02-2006, 04:01 PM   #14
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You're right, Brian. It's the thick liquid I'm thinking of. It is mildly abrasive (and so are most pre-wax cleaners) and you don't need to rub (or polish) too hard. We have used it for a few years on the fibreglass bodies of the golf carts where I work and it hasn't caused any problems. I use it sparingly and viola. Then follow with wax.


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