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Old 06-26-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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Has anyone had their trailer detailed out professionally to make it shine shine shine? I have used Nu Finish.. PolyGlow but it looks better but I cant seem to get a even shine because of the oxidation that was on it...
I dont have the stamana to polish it up anymore.. especially the top part ...
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:27 AM   #2
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You may have seen this already, Christi, but I'm posting the link again for any newer members. It, of course, doesn't address your question, but it has a good discussion of which kinds of wax/polish give the most shine for your elbow grease.

Waxes/Polishes, All are good, but...
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:29 AM   #3
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Christi,

I know EXACTLY how you feel. I've spent the last 2 days, 7 hours both days, trying to remove the oxidation and make my egg shine. It looks better you're right, but not what I had hoped. It was only the rain that stopped me or I would have kept working til I couldn't see any longer.

I started off with scrubbing it with (top to bottom) with Barkeeprs Friend (5 min rinse), followed by Protect All Fiberglass oxidation remover and restorer (buffing off), then followed all of that up with NuFinish that sorta 'leveled' out the dullness.

I was also wondering what it would cost for me to take it somewhere and have someone do it with professional products and tools-of-the-trade (buffer!).

My neighbor walked over yesterday and said "If I spent as much time cleaning my house as you do polishing your trailer, my husband would be very happy!"
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:00 AM   #4
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Carolyn..LOL yes i sure am with you!! My poor old arm just gives out... besides not being able to reach the middle of the top of the 5th wheel.. climbing up and down on a ladder ( kills my back and hips) I just think it would be worth it to have someone do it for me..
I am going to call my RV repair place and I believe they said someone came in with a phone number that does that type of work.. so I will get an estimate and see if they are "affordable'... will let ya know..

Mary... thanks.. There are alots of good products out.. but my arms dont buff fast enough...LOL
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I was also wondering what it would cost for me to take it somewhere and have someone do it with professional products and tools-of-the-trade (buffer!).
There is an RV Mobile Detailer who leaves flyers on the counter of our local Camping World store. I called and asked about his service, and he quoted me [b]$250 two years ago to come and do it where I store the trailer.
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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I tried to get Suz to come over and do mine several years back but no go.
Actually I am beginning to like that dull, streaked, dirty look. It blends in with the other trailers out there.

I don't think there is a magic fix your gel-coat surface stuff available that lasts for more than a week.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:16 AM   #7
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I got a quote yesterday.. he came over and looked at the 5er... $300.. if it saves my back, and arms and wear and tear on this old body I will have it done..
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I got a quote yesterday.. he came over and looked at the 5er... $300.. if it saves my back, and arms and wear and tear on this old body I will have it done..
That sounds pretty good Christi. Can you send me their contact info?
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:14 PM   #9
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Last November, before Maragorda Madness, I had a guy come out and estimate detailing our Casita. He quoyed $60 an hour and with two people he would not guarantee he could finish it in 10 hours.

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Old 06-27-2008, 05:40 PM   #10
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I got a quote yesterday.. he came over and looked at the 5er... $300.. if it saves my back, and arms and wear and tear on this old body I will have it done..
Christi,

For $300 it would be worth every penny. I still need to put another coat of NuFinish on the door side to see if that'll make just a little more of a difference. I found a spot on the roof that I missed scrubbing and just as I went to get my "Little Giant" ladder out to do it, it thundered, then the sky suddenly opened up.

I'm going to check into having it detailed next year for sure. I've got it 97% finished now...
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:09 PM   #11
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the guy is here now working on the detailing!! he is using "race glaze" a polishing compound..it seems to be working very well.... its not a new shine, but the oxidation is gone. He tells me the gel coat isnt in the best condition but its satisfactory...
I am very pleased with it so far.... he is on the last side now...

Poor Trailer sure was abused and not taken care of... but all the work is done now so its in very good condition ++ for the yr.

Now to enjoy!!
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