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Old 09-05-2006, 04:52 AM   #1
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I have read and used alot of the products suggested to clean the original top-coat of my 1980 13 Ft.Boler but I have yet found anything that will Keep the shine on.

When I find something that does shine ( A product containing a soap with a coconut oil in it) after a good buffing the next morning I awake to see more streaks and the dullness back . I have tried to put a wax on top of this shine but the shine is gone as soon as wax is buffed off of should I say stays in tiny cracks in top-coat.

I inquired about having it painted and that is out of the question at this time (no $$) All the hand scrubbing and buffing has taken off the chalky build up and color went from a dull white to a cream, but I want it to shine.

Please give me a name of a product that will give me and keep the shine on my Ladybug!!!! HELP!! MY ARMS ARE ABOUT TO FALL OFF
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:44 AM   #2
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Gerry, I don't know what you've already tried, but I use Gel-Gloss with success. I started using it years ago on my sailboat.

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Old 09-05-2006, 07:35 AM   #3
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Meguiars Flagship Premium Marine Wax has worked well for me.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:45 AM   #4
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Gel-Gloss shined my 1970 Trails West with very little effort. It looks great. You can get at Home Depot in the plumbing dept.
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:11 AM   #5
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We gave up - had it detailed ... they came to our house and now it shines.
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Old 09-05-2006, 08:15 PM   #6
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I inquired about having it painted and that is out of the question at this time [b](no $$)
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We gave up - [b] had it detailed ... they came to our house and now it shines.
I priced out having mine detailed.
Cheaper than professional painting...
Still out of my budget.

So I use GelGloss and apply it myself...
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HELP!! MY ARMS ARE ABOUT TO FALL OFF
...and increase my Naproxen Sodium that day.
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I priced out having mine detailed.
Cheaper than professional painting...
Still out of my budget.

So I use GelGloss and apply it myself...

...and increase my Naproxen Sodium that day.
In looking at the Gel-Gloss web page there is a number of products listed for marine/rv. Which one is the one to use?

I always use a generic brand of Naproxin.

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In looking at the Gel-Gloss web page there is a number of products listed for marine/rv. Which one is the one to use?

I always use a generic brand of Naproxin.

Dave Engstrom

I use the cleaner/polish Gel-gloss sold in the plumbing dept. of Home Depot. It is for fiberglass, marble and acrylic. It also workd on other surfaces. It applies and wipes off very easily.
It works great on my fiberglass shower enclosure also.

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Old 09-06-2006, 05:09 AM   #9
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I use the cleaner/polish Gel-gloss ...
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Thanks for the responses but just maybe I am expecting too much or maybe your idea of shine is not the same as mine.
Again yesterday I re-washed the entire camper (for the 4th time) and got all the steaks off and then dried with clean cloth. I then applied the Gel-gloss (second time I have used this product) and followed instructions on can with little improvement to the shine.
I started to experiment and found the best results came if after letting the gel-glos dry to wipe off with a damp rag then again dry with clean cloth and this gave me about 50% satifaction in the shine.
I may have to give up also and start to save my pennies toward a paint job.
I have worn a ditch in the gravel from going around and around the camper so many times.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:33 AM   #10
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Thanks for the responses but just maybe I am expecting too much or maybe your idea of shine is not the same as mine.
Again yesterday I re-washed the entire camper (for the 4th time) and got all the steaks off and then dried with clean cloth. I then applied the Gel-gloss (second time I have used this product) and followed instructions on can with little improvement to the shine.
I started to experiment and found the best results came if after letting the gel-glos dry to wipe off with a damp rag then again dry with clean cloth and this gave me about 50% satifaction in the shine.
I may have to give up also and start to save my pennies toward a paint job.
I have worn a ditch in the gravel from going around and around the camper so many times.
Gerry
Hi: The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimentions Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:41 AM   #11
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I may have to give up also and start to save my pennies toward a paint job.
Believe me, it will shine. Just keep at it. Don't try to do it all at once and don't expect it to shine after one or two coats. Although I posted it before, I think most of it was lost when the forum was hijacked. Just about anything will work IF you keep at it. Especially the first year or two. I really got teased in the beginning, but I don't mind. I only wax it about once a year now and the bugs just wash off after a trip. I do try and smear on a coat of wax on the front right before a trip. I have had more people than I can count tell me that they thought my trailer was new. Not those that know fiberglass trailers, of course ... just those that aren't familiar with them. IMHO, it doesn't look new to me. A brand new one has a surface shine that only new gel coat can achieve. However, mine has a deep patina shine that I just love.

My personal favs (both available at marine stores) are:

Polish (for cleaning and shining dull spots): Starbrite Marine Polish
Wax (for protecting): Meguiars Flagship Premium Marine Wax

NOTE: I really do not recommend a product that does both. At least for long term endurance. Just my opinion.

I cannot begin to tell you how oxidized mine was when I got it. You couldn't touch it without getting chaulk on you. The top gelcoat is so thin in a few places, that I can actually see where it is starting to wear through. Yet, it still shines. When I got it, I really thought the only answer was to have it painted or new gel coat applied. I wasn't having much success in my search, so I started cleaning, polishing and waxing. The rest is history.

Lastly, if there is any way that you can have proper protection over it when not in use, it will go a long way in keeping it like you want once you get it there.


[b]Edit note: See these "Legacy Posts" on restoring the shine ("Old like New (almost)") and "Maintaining the shine".
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:52 AM   #12
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Gerry, from the archives I found the topic: Gelcoat Rejuvinator. You may wish to read the entire topic. Seems several members recommend Vertglas. Looks like it may provide the shine you're looking for too.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:56 AM   #13
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Here's a couple of pictures. The first one really doesn't show how badly it was oxidized, but you can get an idea. This was taken when I got the trailer in the Spring of 2002.

The second one was taken a couple of years ago ('04 ?) after I got I got a canopy over it. This picture was taken so I could show someone the cover and was not intended to accentuate the shine; yet even in the shade ...

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:08 AM   #14
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I have no experience with US fiberglass trailers, but I do have 30 years experience with fiberglass boats and the thing I can't understand is why nobody seems to polish the gel coat - I'm not talking about wiping wax onto it, but polishing the gel coat using a cutting compound, as a car body shop would do with car paint.

We never had any trouble doing this to wafer-thin racing boat gel coats: on a trailer with a normal commercial thickness of gel coat, I would expect to be able to do this at least three or four times. When finished, you get a gel coat that is like a new trailer fresh from the factory, unless you have scratches or nicks that do right through the gel coat.

Polishing is not light work and can only be done realistically using a proper geared electric polisher - they cost at least $400 here (but maybe $250 in US?), so it might be cheaper (and a lot easier) to pay a car body shop or a marina/boat workshop to do it with their polisher and their strong arms (the strong arms being needed to hold up the polisher).

Using wax afterwards is still sensible, just as it is on a new trailer.

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