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Old 09-22-2016, 03:26 PM   #51
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And, I second that notion. Use a product that R&D designed for the purpose.
Coca Cola will eventually remove Poliglow, if you must.
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:42 PM   #52
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The chemistry of gelcoats has improved quite a bit since the 1970's and the technology has been driven by the boat industry. Thirty knots thru salt water and years of sitting in the ocean followed by occasionally scrubbing off the scum is a lot harder on a gelcoat finish than anything a travel trailer is going to get. I would follow the advice of the upscale marine industry and use the cleaners and waxes they recommend. All are good.
Older gelcoat, especially if ignored for many years becomes very porous and mold, lichen and other things can undermine it. A good scrubbing to get the chalky layer off and a boat polish will fill the pores and prevent further damage.
I also don't recommend floor polish as it is formulated for a much different purpose and removing it with a big floor buffer is easier to do.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:36 PM   #53
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The chemistry of gelcoats has improved quite a bit since the 1970's and the technology has been driven by the boat industry. Thirty knots thru salt water and years of sitting in the ocean followed by occasionally scrubbing off the scum is a lot harder on a gelcoat finish than anything a travel trailer is going to get. I would follow the advice of the upscale marine industry and use the cleaners and waxes they recommend. All are good. .....
Here in coastal Ventura County, we asked around among sailing friends. We now use West Marine "Pure Oceans Boat Soap", followed by hand-applied Aero 303. It doesn't take too long.
I also apply Aero 303 to the front of the trailer, the wheel wells, and the leading edges of the awning arms before hitting the road. That makes bug and road grime removal very easy.
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We use 303 Aerospace but no soap lately. Doesn't seem to need it but I might like to try that to see the difference. On any bad spots we use a bug and tar remover. Maybe the soap could be substituted.
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I posted before that a couple old sailors told me about a spray product called "BTS" (Bow to Stern).

Update: after using it for several years on the shell and Armor-all UV gel on the graphics, seeing is believing. Although stored indoors, my 19 looked as good as new as it headed off into the sunset a couple months ago. Apply wet and let it dry over a couple days then buff with a rag.

I'm staying with BTS and Armor-all gel on my 21. Available on Amazon.

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Eight years stored outside with only a couple good wax jobs a year. Also wash with Simonize Wash 'n Wax. Color variation is just the lighting on trailer.
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Eight years stored outside with only a couple good wax jobs a year. Also wash with Simonize Wash 'n Wax. Color variation is just the lighting on trailer.
Glenn, your up north on the coast, how do you keep the green stuff from growing on it?

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Glenn, your up north on the coast, how do you keep the green stuff from growing on it?

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Just wash it from time to time with Simonize Wash 'n' Wax.
Of course, my graphics are green.
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I posted before that a couple old sailors told me about a spray product called "BTS" (Bow to Stern).

Update: after using it for several years on the shell and Armor-all UV gel on the graphics, seeing is believing. Although stored indoors, my 19 looked as good as new as it headed off into the sunset a couple months ago. Apply wet and let it dry over a couple days then buff with a rag.

I'm staying with BTS and Armor-all gel on my 21. Available on Amazon.

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I use the BTS too. Why the separate stuff on the graphics?

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I used the gel on my vinyl hot tub cover. After 5 years of sitting in the sun all day, it still looks great so the thinking is vinyl fades before fiberglass so why not try it. I liked the results and kept using it.

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