Time to Wax our Scamp...whats the best? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-24-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Time to Wax our Scamp...whats the best?

Hello everyone,
First off, I have been lurching around on this forum for a few years now and think it is one of the best out there. Thanks for everyone’s experiences and tips!

My fiancée and me own a 16' 2010 Scamp and have a question about fiberglass wax. I have not waxed it since we brought it home from the factory in MN two years ago. Although it is always covered when not in use, it is starting to loose that "factory shine” and I would like to get it back to what it was.

So what is the best wax for fiberglass gel coat?
Should I get a buffer or orbital waxer?

I know it is mostly a matter of opinion but I would like to get some ideas. I know just about everything there is to know about waxing cars but when it comes to fiberglass this will be my first.

I imagine there are some marine/RV waxes that people have used and I would like to know who has the best experience with certain products and where can I get them.


Thanks
Chris
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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I've always had good luck with Meguiar's Products, I think you can get them at Walmart or any of the auto places and even Amazon. I usually get the ones for fiberglass boats etc.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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I'm looking at doing my first exterior make over too. Although I think mine has 9 more years of oxidation than your finacee's!

Poliglow and RedMaxx floor wax seem to be very popular "waxes". Similar effects it seems, but the floor wax is dramatically less expensive, if less proven, and possibly prone to yellowing in some cases.

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Shop Red Max 128-Oz. Low Maintenance Floor Finish at Lowes.com

Now proper buffing is a mystery to me. People seem to rave about The Bar Keepers Friend, as a cleanser/polish.

Bar Keepers Friend | Cleaning Products | Household Cleaning Supplies

Not sure if the powder or liquid have plusses/minuses for our use.

I've typically used Mothers and Meguiars products on my cars, but the small spots I've tried with that type product indicated I might want something less subtle for the badly oxidized Scamp. For the much newer trailer you're dealing with something like that may be enough.

I'm sure there are many other options, but those products seem to be very popular on here. I'll probably be picking up some Red Max, simply because I'll be in a Lowes this week, other than the internet I don't know where to get PoliGlow.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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I'm looking at doing my first exterior make over too. Although I think mine has 9 more years of oxidation than your finacee's!

Poliglow and RedMaxx floor wax seem to be very popular "waxes". Similar effects it seems, but the floor wax is dramatically less expensive, if less proven, and possibly prone to yellowing in some cases.

Poliglow Products, Inc.| Manufacturer of Poli Glow, A New Concept in Boat Polish

Shop Red Max 128-Oz. Low Maintenance Floor Finish at Lowes.com

Now proper buffing is a mystery to me. People seem to rave about The Bar Keepers Friend, as a cleanser/polish.

Bar Keepers Friend | Cleaning Products | Household Cleaning Supplies

Not sure if the powder or liquid have plusses/minuses for our use.

I've typically used Mothers and Meguiars products on my cars, but the small spots I've tried with that type product indicated I might want something less subtle for the badly oxidized Scamp. For the much newer trailer you're dealing with something like that may be enough.

I'm sure there are many other options, but those products seem to be very popular on here. I'll probably be picking up some Red Max, simply because I'll be in a Lowes this week, other than the internet I don't know where to get PoliGlow.
You can buy poli-glow from My Boat Store.com I would suggest you buy the kit from them, they have free shipping.
I used Red Max Pro on a 1985 trailer but on a newer one I would use Poli-glow just my personal preference.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #5
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You can buy poli-glow from My Boat Store.com I would suggest you buy the kit from them, they have free shipping.
I used Red Max Pro on a 1985 trailer but on a newer one I would use Poli-glow just my personal preference.
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I'll try the Red Max first I think. Like you say, if my Scamp's finish was close to new I'd invest in the PoliGlow. But my 10+ year old finish? I'll use the cheap stuff and see how it goes.


Oh, and machine buffing??? I'm already loosing some of the plastic caps, I worry I'd loose more from a buffing machine. All hand buffing would be days of back breaking work to get any kind of gloss I fear.

I'll need to replace some of those caps anyway. So part of me thinks, just buff away and then repair as needed. But how do you repair those caps without putting in a new rivet?
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I use Red Max Pro on a 14 yr. old trailer. 2yr. old? I'd use a lot of elbow grease and a product specifically designed for protecting fiberglass. I don't think I'd go after a new one with BKF either however mild the abrasive effect.

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I spray a 50/50 mix of bleach and water on the unit, wait 15 to 30 minutes then wash with cold water and one of those brushes you get at the wholesale stores designed for this purpose and if all the streaks and moldy stuff is gone I then wash with a HEAVY dose of Turtle Wash and Wax and rinse with cold water and it comes out really shinny. Shiny enough that I don't have to go through the hand waxing procedure.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:37 PM   #8
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Personally I wouldn't use Poli-Glow or Red Max on a 2010 trailer, I just don't think that its old enough yet for that kind of treatment. A good wax is all you need, just my 2 cents.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, I think I will try the Meguiar's products first and see what happens. I will keep everyone updated.
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