Waxing and Abrasives - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-11-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Waxing and Abrasives

In the boat magazine I received today they had an article on waxing fiberglass. It stated that you should use a wax with abrasive in it ONLY ON THE SPOT that needs it and not on the whole fiberglass surface because it removes the clear coat.

It went on to state all polishes are called wax even though the new products do not contain wax. It said to use a Polymer polish that does not contain abrasive and they recommended a product called Pro Polish. More info at Car Polisher | Dual | Action | Boat | RV | Care | Quality | Motorcycle | Wax | Shurhold.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Soooo.. what's your point Darwin? We know gelcoat won't stand up to years of UVs or agressive abrasives. Maybe Red Max Pro is the solution for those that have old trailers they're expecting to look new? I'm confused
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I've never heard that gel coat was over coated with clear coat. Not saying couldn't be but the usual context is automotive paint. Stands to reason that removal of almost any surface coating or degradation of it's appearance by abrasion is not to be countenanced unless intentional and sometimes not even then. Improvement of appearance is frequently accomplished by controlled micro-abrasion ( polishing).

I regard the polymer floor "waxes" as a clear coat because I can see thru them.

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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The big difference between a "clear coat" and a "polish.. or floor finish" is one requires a paint remover and the other... ammonia... to get rid of it. That comes down to $$$$ and time. Just ask anyone that has stripped floor wax off a kitchen floor! YMMV
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Check price per gallon 12% ammonia against price per gallon paint stripper and get back to me.

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I don't think any of the fiberglass trailers have clear coat on the gel coat. Clear coat in general doesn't stick well, except to paint. It's incredibly rare to see clear coat on its own.

Sometimes a polish with abrasives is exactly what's needed. Mine sure did. If they're that worried about finish, did they mention a clay bar?
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Forgetting the clear coat comments, I can no longer imagine why some one would wax their trailer. Two years ago I Red Maxxed my trailer and it is still shines better than any trailer in our park. As a result one of the motorhomes and a fifth wheel are in the process of being coated with Zepp/Red Max.
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Forgetting the clear coat comments, I can no longer imagine why some one would wax their trailer. Two years ago I Red Maxxed my trailer and it is still shines better than any trailer in our park. As a result one of the motorhomes and a fifth wheel are in the process of being coated with Zepp/Red Max.

Yep, I'm even considering using it on my floor.
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My Bad: I meant gel coat.
The purpose of the post was to warn about using abrasives. Bartenders Friend for example.
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My Bad: I meant gel coat.
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Art, R U trying to be funny or did you read the same article? It was in Pontoon and Deck Boat magazine.
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I would have loved to see somebody clean up my 28 year old gel coat without abrasives.
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Yeh, a bit of BKF or BonAmi or Boraxo ain't exactly a 60grit disc on a body grinder. All the endorsements and caveats and occasions to this and not to that relating to the the "floor waxes" are pretty much contained in the 32 page thread "Not Polyglo, Time will tell" this site. I encourage all who would offer testimonials here to remember that there are those (including myself) who can imagine why some one would NOT wish to indulge in this gelcoat rejuvenation remedy.

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Jack,
I just returned from the Scamp Camp and it looked like any thing that shined was Zepped or Red Maxxed. No data but that's how it looked.

When I return in the morning I'll do a count.
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