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Old 10-06-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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I have been trying to wax my egg unsuccessfully. 1 st I washed it right down and the thing is white as can be. The surface is rough and faded from weathering. I wanted to apply a barrier (wax) to protect it.

1st I tried rubbing compund with a polished to bring it up a bit. This just soaked into the gelcoat and is almost impossible to get out the red stain out.

2nd I tried a polishing compound. This just went on all blotchy and seamed to just be soaked up into the roughness of the gel coat. So I washed it all again.

3rd I tried some fiberglass cleaner/wax. Same thing as the polishing compound.

4th I just tried to apply the wax but it seemed to just soak into the gelcoat and would not "Buff up or out" just all blotchy. So I washed it again.

Last I applied a product called Fluid Film. I was told it was made of wool wax, would resist moisture and protect. So I Fluid Filmed the whole trailer. Looked like new!! However, this morning the dew running off the trailer has removed most of the Fluid Film.

Maybe I should just wash it again and leave it.

Help.

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Old 10-06-2008, 11:17 AM   #2
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Read here
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...mp;hl=poli+glow
I think this is the best.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:19 AM   #3
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Hi Adam,

There are several products like PoliGlow that soak into gelcoat and restore a shine. They tend to need several coats and an additional coat or two each year. I bought the Poli Glow kit but have put off using it until next year - I did use the Poli Wash and it did a very good job of cleaning the gel coat.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:03 PM   #4
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I put 4 coats of PoliGlow on last year and it still looks GREAT 1 year later.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:53 PM   #5
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I cut polished my last fiberglass camper and then clearcoated it, still looked new 8 years later.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:40 PM   #6
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One of our Moderators has taken an old trailer and made it look like new. Check out these photos...

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...mp;#entry198738

Also: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=14162 (this one was before the website was hacked.)
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:46 AM   #7
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I had mine detailed by a person who does that type of work.. No scrubbing rubbing for me any more! to old! It turned out really nice despite the age of the trailer.. i was very pleased.... the shine was nice but not the "brand new shine" but I was very happy with the results.. It was worth the $300...
I will have it repainted this coming spring.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:42 PM   #8
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I have been trying to wax my egg unsuccessfully. 1 st I washed it right down and the thing is white as can be. The surface is rough and faded from weathering. I wanted to apply a barrier (wax) to protect it.

1st I tried rubbing compund with a polished to bring it up a bit. This just soaked into the gelcoat and is almost impossible to get out the red stain out.

2nd I tried a polishing compound. This just went on all blotchy and seamed to just be soaked up into the roughness of the gel coat. So I washed it all again.

3rd I tried some fiberglass cleaner/wax. Same thing as the polishing compound.

4th I just tried to apply the wax but it seemed to just soak into the gelcoat and would not "Buff up or out" just all blotchy. So I washed it again.

Last I applied a product called Fluid Film. I was told it was made of wool wax, would resist moisture and protect. So I Fluid Filmed the whole trailer. Looked like new!! However, this morning the dew running off the trailer has removed most of the Fluid Film.

Maybe I should just wash it again and leave it.

Help.

Thanks
Adam
Fluid Film sounds like Diesel fuel a lasting shine until it rains. Buy Poly-Glow and be done with you waxing and shine problems.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:42 AM   #9
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Personally, I would stay away from Poli-Glow or similar coatings.

I was in a boat yard yesterday and saw what happens to this finishes over time. They turn yellow and crack like alligator skin. The yard manager says he gets boats in all the time needing the stuff removed. I suspect it is only a temporary fix that will cause more problems in the long run. Just my 2 cents...
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:42 AM   #10
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Personally, I would stay away from Poli-Glow or similar coatings.

I was in a boat yard yesterday and saw what happens to this finishes over time. They turn yellow and crack like alligator skin. The yard manager says he gets boats in all the time needing the stuff removed. I suspect it is only a temporary fix that will cause more problems in the long run. Just my 2 cents...
That is the possible downside to these coatings. I did some research awhile back into this topic and discovered that all of these Poli-Glow, Vertglass, etc. are basically very similar to Johnson's Floor Wax. The negatives are that they can yellow, flake, peel and if you have to remove them it is not pretty. From what I read if you maintain them once a year and are fairly lucky you hopefully won't experience the downside.

The new fiberglass waxes are so easy now to put on and buff, and they require the same yearly application to stay shiny, so in terms of the coatings saving any work it would be really negligible. However, floor waxing your egg probably will yield a higher shine if that is your goal.
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Old 11-01-2008, 09:52 AM   #11
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That is the possible downside to these coatings. I did some research awhile back into this topic and discovered that all of these Poli-Glow, Vertglass, etc. are basically very similar to Johnson's Floor Wax. The negatives are that they can yellow, flake, peel and if you have to remove them it is not pretty. From what I read if you maintain them once a year and are fairly lucky you hopefully won't experience the downside.
I was almost convinced to go with vertglass or poli-glow, but based on that statement I think sticking with an annual application of Gel Gloss is the way I'm going to keep going. Yes, it's work, but it never will yellow, flake, peel, or require any removal.
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:10 AM   #12
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Two words. Nu Finish. Been using it on my Egg for two years and WOW, shiny! Nu Finish To wash the Egg, I've been using Fiberglass Magic in the spring to give it a good cleaning down to the gelcoat, then a couple of coats of Nu Finish. Looked like new these last two years. Plus, No build up.

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Old 11-04-2008, 05:49 AM   #13
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To wash the Egg, I've been using Fiberglass Magic in the spring to give it a good cleaning down to the gelcoat,
This stuff Fiberglass Magic
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:38 PM   #14
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I wet sanded then use a floor finish on mine. The wax I used was a commercial grade wax.
Were in Ontario are you? If you are close you could come over and get some finish and I will give you some hints on wet sanding

Before sanding and finish

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corner shot, to the right around corner wet sanded, to the left nothing done

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A lot of work but worth it, this is the original gel coat on a 1972 trailer
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:30 AM   #15
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This stuff Fiberglass Magic
Donna,

That link to this product results in "This product has been discontinued"
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Old 11-05-2008, 06:30 PM   #16
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That link to this product results in "This product has been discontinued"
Guess we need to hear from [b]cjlindsay, because if that's the stuff... it's no longer available as mentioned in the ad and we'll all need to find another product
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Old 11-06-2008, 03:05 AM   #17
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Hrrmmph? Well... Gonna have to head on over to Canadian tire and see if they have any left! That stuff was good! Maybe TOO good. (Judging by that Discontinued by Manufacturer thing) I'll take a look and see what I can see. (Maybe I got the name wrong, but I doubt it.)

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Old 11-12-2008, 03:25 AM   #18
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Nooooo... It's gone. No more Fiberglass Magic left in the back of the store either. Dang! Ah well, there's always liquid TSP. WEAR GLOVES!... And GOGGLES!... If you plan on using TSP. It's in the painting dept.

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P.S. Nu Finish is still around and is the best, longest lasting polish I've found. It's not a wax, it's more like Rain-X for fiberglass. Cool stuff.

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Old 11-12-2008, 06:04 AM   #19
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P.S. Nu Finish is still around and is the best, longest lasting polish I've found. It's not a wax, it's more like Rain-X for fiberglass. Cool stuff.
cjlindsay,

I have been using regular boat wax so far - love the result and the natural sheen but doesn't last long enough - and I am considering trying out this Nu Finish product. But being skeptical when it comes to trying out new polishing "stuff" I was wondering if it would be fairly easily removed (unlike poli-glow from what I hear) in case it doesn't turn out right for me and I want to go back to regular wax.

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Edit: Interesting complaints about Nu Finish here
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:46 AM   #20
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Daniel -

I've used Nu-Finish for years on my cars and RV's. It works like a regular wax, and is no more difficult to remove. It eventually wears off like a regular wax, but they claim it only has to be applied once a year. I apply it every six months anyway. No problems for me....
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