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Old 03-20-2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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Latest word on wax?

I want to keep my new trailer looking new.

What's the latest word on wax to use that will keep the gelcoat looking new, as well as the other plastic parts from yellowing?

My first instinct is to use NuFinish, which I've used on cars for years, but is there anything that's considered the latest and greatest?
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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I've used McGuiars marine wax with good success, though be sure to block off some time from your schedule as waxing even a small campers takes longer than waxing a car. I use this product as a finish wax, Boat/RV Polish & Gloss Enhancer | Meguiar's it can be applied by hand but really works best with an orbital buffer. Apply it light and use multiple coats if needed, I've read a lot of folks who have used floor wax like wet and gloss. I have no experience with it but have seen others use it with good success.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:15 AM   #3
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Protectant 303 is good for anything subject to UV sun damage, as your a/c shroud, MaxxFan shroud and gasket and your power tongue motor housing. Otherwise I'd wait a year before waxing, it will not get any more shiny than it is now.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:16 AM   #4
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And of course there is Zep Wet Look floor wax. Not sure of the UV blocking though.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:18 AM   #5
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I use Poli-Glow. It's not a wax but a coating developed for use on fiberglass boats and available at West Marine. A very nice, durable shine, easy to apply, and no buffing needed.

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I would not use the ReddMax nor Zep floor wax on a new trailer, they are more practical for older units.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:17 AM   #7
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Eagle One Nano Wax.
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I would not use the ReddMax nor Zep floor wax on a new trailer, they are more practical for older units.
Why?
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Because the newer units gelcoat is so smooth the liquid will just roll off. Whereas with the old units where the gel coat has worn off you scrub it first with a fine abrasive like Barkeeper and the floor wax will adhere better because it is more porous. Similar to using a rubbing compound on older paint before waxing, you would not do that with a new paint job.
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:45 PM   #10
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Ron,
I was in your situation last year. I learned from those who work with gel coat finishes that the faster you protect your new trailer with a wax designed for gel coat the easier and more durable the project will be. Both McGuiars marine wax or 3M marine paste wax are formulated for gel coat and available from your auto parts or boat parts store. I purchased the 3M product on line for price and convenience. You probably already know to make your wax job last longer wash your trailer with as little car wash detergent as possible in your water. Never use dish/laundry detergent, it will quickly remove your wax job, commercial car washes are also hard on your wax job. Don't expect the shine on a new trailer to increase, the purpose of the wax is to keep it that way. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:50 PM   #11
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I waxed our trailer with Rejex, a non-wax (!) polymer that's supposed to make our trailer even more slippery than my sleazy brother-in-law. Pretty easy to apply, and so far (after 3 months) I'm really pleased with the results. Black streaks minimized (and easy to wipe off), bugs hardly stick to the front of Toto the Trailer. RejeX 12 oz.
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Question What do manufacturers recommend?

It would be interesting to find out what the various manufacturers recommend, after all, are all gel coats equal or are they different enough between the different brands to warrant using something different in protection?

Manufacturers?
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An interesting article and video on marine wax comparison here, a specific note is that some waxes that were colored transferred that color to the fiberglass.
BoatingLAB Tests: Waxes | Boating Magazine
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I used new finish once a year on escape 5.0 with great results.
u can do it in full sun. I would do it over the course of a week or so.
makes the job a lot easier.
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