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Old 10-05-2002, 02:21 PM   #15
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The true secret...

Posted by Suz, Moderator, North Texas:

The true secret...
of getting the finish back is just doing something with whatever you have when you have a few minutes to do it.

Truth is, all of our trailers are alike yet different: Different age, different mfg, different past care, etc. Some of you may even have true vintage ones that have been painted. If that's the case, then always test a small area.

It hit me today as I was waxing the top. I ran out of Starbrite and grabbed the Nu-Finish and kept on working. And that is truly what I have done all along. Use one thing then another. Just keep on working and don't give up. Don't think you have to do the whole thing at one time or you may never get started. Just go out there and just do a little at a time. That's what I've done, and that is what has worked the best for me.

My goal was never to have the best or prettiest or shiniest. My goal was to have a nice looking trailer to go camping in that didn't leak and would stay clean. And I think that is just about where I am.

And that's the true secret of it all. Want a motivator? Go out and pick a small spot on the bottom half. Work on it a few minutes. When that starts to shine, it does great things to keep you going. Don't start on the top. It's going to be the hardest. Know where its going before you get there.

Happy Waxing!

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Old 10-06-2002, 05:32 AM   #16
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Waxing

Posted by Rick, Moderator, Vancouver, BC, Canada:

*Rick looks into his wallet to see if he has enough money to pay someone to wax his trailer!*

No way - I might need another mortgage.

I just realized that in terms of square footage - my Bigfoot has about twice the area of fiberglass compared to a Casita that must be waxed. Did that come out right? I hope so - I just mean that it's gonna be a BIG job.

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Old 10-06-2002, 02:30 PM   #17
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Waxing a Bigfoot

Posted by Suz, Moderator, North Texas:

Waxing a Bigfoot
Rick - Sure you got a bigger foot that me , but you got more and bigger windows, too, thus reducing the amount of square footage than one might assume to be there because of the largness of the chariot......

Okay, so you got an elephant. You know what's been said, don't you? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, my friend, one bite at a time.

Now, let loosen up those shoulders and start waxing!




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Old 11-16-2002, 01:06 AM   #18
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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, BC, Canada:

Suz
Just going into old posts. Your TT looks great.I did same thing and it worked ok. This coming year will get it painted. My inside Has now been completly Done

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Old 11-16-2002, 06:48 AM   #19
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pictures

Posted by Thomas and Janifer, Moderator, Northeast, Oklahoma:


pictures
Well I can't tell it's changed at all Ches. THERE ARE NO PICTUREs. Please, please put some here, or did you put them some where else and I forget? I love seeing inside fixes. especially the detailed ones.

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Old 11-16-2002, 07:06 AM   #20
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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, BC, Canada:


Quote:
Orginally posted by Thomas and Janifer

Well I can't tell it's changed at all Ches. THERE ARE NO PICTUREs. Please, please put some here, or did you put them some where else and I forget? I love seeing inside fixes. especially the detailed ones.
Hi I will put pictures One day.I have been looking in advertisments tonite to see what a cheap didital camera costs,also I got to learn how to do it I rebuilt the whole inside, made repairs where i had to then painted Everything white with melemain paint, With blue trim. Installed hardwood floors and put in permanint bunks 39x74 inches.I cant sleep at nite no more so I did bunks so I dont bother wife with my getting up and down Soon i hope to get picturies on
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Old 11-16-2002, 07:32 AM   #21
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bunks

Posted by Thomas and Janifer, Moderator, Northeast, Oklahoma:

bunks
So?? which trailer do you have? I'm planning on doing twin beds, and I think 39" would be too wide. I have a foam I take to the Language seminar I go to yearly. Kind of like a retreat. it's only 28", but I sleep good so I was going with that size. leaves 18" in between. So on these bunks, who gets the top? are they in the back part?

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Old 11-16-2002, 08:49 AM   #22
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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, BC, Canada:


Quote:
Orginally posted by Thomas and Janifer

So?? which trailer do you have? I'm planning on doing twin beds, and I think 39" would be too wide. I have a foam I take to the Language seminar I go to yearly. Kind of like a retreat. it's only 28", but I sleep good so I was going with that size. leaves 18" in between. So on these bunks, who gets the top? are they in the back part?
Hi
Bunks are in back, I got the top. My bunks are the old army type, steel frame. They are sitting on legs because I did not want any weight on sides or top of fiberglass shell. I removed the old springs in the bunks and put in 3/4 Inch plywood in steel frames. Bought new foams last week and will install in spring. TT is 17 foot boler. Both beds are now very roomy.
Taake care

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Old 11-16-2002, 09:11 AM   #23
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17' Boler

Posted by Suz, Moderator, North Texas:

17' Boler
Ches,

Sounds like you have done a lot of work on your TT. We are all IMpatiently waiting to see your pictures.

Mine still doesn't have the decals on her because I am debating whether to have it re-gelcoated. All but the rear decal was faded and crystalized. They were really hard to remove, but time and tenacity proved the victor. I have a fiberglass repair on the front right corner that needs new gel coat, so have considered doing the whole thing. Only problem is that the patena of the old, orignal is so great, that I'm not sure if I want to do it all or just the front corner. It will take more waxing to keep it up, I'm sure, but I really don't mind as I am growing attached to it

Before I purchased it, someone had made a feeble attempt at the fiberglass repair...actually all they did was goop up the hole and spray it with with paint. Fortunately, they did use fiberglass repair and not Bondo. They also over-filled it enough so that I have been able to get a good smooth finish and curve to it. Problem is that I'm not having much luck witht the gel coat. We have a lot of boat places around here, so now that winter is coming on, their business will drop enough so I should be able to get it done. Besides, it doesn't look THAT bad. Either that or I'm getting use to it

Like Jana J says, we love pictures!

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Old 11-16-2002, 12:45 PM   #24
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bunks

Posted by Thomas and Janifer, Moderator, Northeast, Oklahoma:

bunks
Ches,
I've heard some about those beds before. over at the boler place. I pestered you there too. glad you found your way over here.
with a 17 and bunks along the back, you got room for a party. where's that dancing women Suz had?

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Old 11-16-2002, 06:23 PM   #25
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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, BC, Canada:


Hi
The dancing girl is probably frozen in the barn.

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Old 04-23-2003, 05:37 AM   #26
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another hint to cleaning.....

Posted by Terri T., Member, Windsor, Ontario:

another hint to cleaning.....
Hi, I am new to this site but I was reading through and I that I could offer a bit of advice to help make your cleaning easier and to make the shine last longer. To clean the dirt and oxidation off of your trailers, use Maguires "one step cleaner wax". This stuff works great!!! Once you get all of the dirt off (usually after a couple of cleanings or so, depending on how bad the fiberglass is) then use 2 coats of the Starbrite "teflon marine polish". This stuff lasts the whole season and the fiberglass will feel smooth as silk because the seal is so good. Also, nothing seems to stick to it. It makes washing your trailer all summer easier too!!

You can get both of these products at any marine supply store. If you use the cleaner first, you won't need to use 6 or 7 coats of wax. You only use 2 coats. I have been using this stuff for a while now in my boat cleaning business and it is fantastic. I will never use anything else.

Good luck and happy camping!!!

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Old 04-23-2003, 05:46 AM   #27
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Posted by Chester Taje, Moderator, Hosmer, BC, Canada:


Hi Terri
Welcome to this forum.Post lots and have fun.Its good to have someone here who works on making Fiberglass exteriors shine.Thanks for the imput.

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Old 04-23-2003, 11:26 PM   #28
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Posted by Thomas and Janifer, Moderator, Northeast, Oklahoma:


this thread brings back memories.
Thanks for bringing it to the front, Terri
and glad you joined up.
and with good advise. that is wonderful.

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