Oliver External Care - Fiberglass RV



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Old 08-24-2018, 05:24 PM   #1
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Just curious, for those who have owned an Oliver for a few years, how difficult is it to maintain the gloss finish? Will it still look shiny, say in ten years if well maintained?

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Old 08-24-2018, 05:25 PM   #2
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hit it once or twice a year with a marine cleaner/wax such as Meguiars #50(?), and it will gleam on...
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:00 AM   #4
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We use Mothers with good results on our 2015 LE2.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:44 PM   #5
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Check out a thread titled: “Treatment of Slightly Oxidized Fiberglass”. There are several posts addressing preferred products. The consensus favors the Maguire line of fiberglass products. However, I went to West Marine for advice, and the staff told me that 3M was just as good. This thread also describes the 3 step process involved in deoxidizing & polishing the fiberglass outer shell. Because you have a new trailer, the Maguire 3-step kit will work very well for you. I add a 4th step and use a finishing polish to bring out a shine.

In answer to your question, in 10years, your Oliver’s fiberglass exterior should look just like new “if well maintained”. Let me be the first to suggest, “if well maintained.” requires a fair amount of discipline, elbow grease & consistency.

The first thing you need to do is keep your Oliver out of direct sunlight when you are not camping. To do this, you need a secure structure to park it under, or a canvas cover. If you use a canvas cover, make sure the fiberglass skin is clean and dry. Otherwise, the dirt on the fiberglass will rub against the cover and the scratch the gel coat.

Even if you don’t use a canvas cover, you should wash your camper upon returning home from camping trips. I use 22 Mule Team Borax mixed with a pale of water.

Every 6-8 months, you should de oxidize and polish your trailer. As rainy season approaches it’s also a good idea to spray the fiberglass with a moss protective product. Be sure to spray all the nooks & crannies.

Life is short, and for a price you can find someone who works with fiberglass boats or trailers to do the grunt work and climb up ladders tall enough to work on your roof.

If you can do all that, you’ll have a lasting gel coat.
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yes, the 3M boat finish products are excellent. the whole 9 yards for a seriously oxidized trailer would be to use their heavy cut cleaner, followed by the medium cut cleaner-wax followed by their polish-wax. use an orbital buffer, with a 'fluff' pad for the heavy cut, and terrycloth pads for the other two (new clean pad for each compound). quick rinse/wash between each compound to remove the residual abrasives before moving to the finer steps...
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I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit lax on exterior maintenance. But the most affective way I've found to keep the oxidation down is to park it in the garage. When I wash it off, it shines like new with no fading. This helps the decals and the tires too. It also eliminates the need for winterizing and provides a handy plug to keep the batteries charged and the lights working. It makes it handy for spur-of-the-moment movie nights or to make upgrades.
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It's not a trailer brand issue. It's all about the gelcoat on fiberglass. I rely on the advice of my brother-in-law who collects classic Corvette Cars and prepares them for auto shows.

No wax, just Rejex polymer coating. Surface winds up incredibly slick so bugs wash off with a hose. Have never waxed my 21 and bugs still don't stick.
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I use Rejexx once a year and wash it after trips. We’re out about half the year. Still shines like new after 3 years. Mike
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It's not a trailer brand issue. It's all about the gelcoat on fiberglass. I rely on the advice of my brother-in-law who collects classic Corvette Cars and prepares them for auto shows.

No wax, just Rejex polymer coating. Surface winds up incredibly slick so bugs wash off with a hose. Have never waxed my 21 and bugs still don't stick.
if the surface is oxidized, do you first buff it out with a paint cleaner product, before applying this?
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