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Old 06-04-2016, 06:18 PM   #11
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It was also on the roof where it became obvious that either the previous owner or mechanics had walked on the roof (a big no no) and the crazing was in their footprint pattern. This was probably caused not totally by UV damage over the years, which I agree with Ron can contribute, but a combination of that and the pressure put on the fiberglass by whomever walked up there. If no one had ever walked on the roof, probably would not have had crazing spots there. If crazing does occur in later years, fortunately, it is not that expensive or difficult a repair other than matching the gel coat.
Based on my observations I have to somewhat disagree with you Greg. How's that for being a polite Canadian.

The crazing is sort a chicken and egg situation. I've seen crazing on vertical surfaces not subject to much stress. My view is that long term UV exposure to unprotected, unwaxed gelcoat degrades its' integrity and makes it weaker. So, yes, stepping on it or stressing it might bring crazing on sooner but chances are the damage is already done. Not that you can't create stress cracks even in new gelcoat.

Even in places like Tunisia I covered my boat when leaving it for a few months. It's a lot more work to get a cover on a sailboat than a trailer but it was worth it to me. That area is subject to Siroccos, blowing red dust, and while lot's did find its way under the cover I didn't see any scratching because of it. Maybe I was just lucky.

At lastly, while I can fix gelcoat defects in my sleep, I've helped all sorts of people with repairs and most of them have a horror of using something like gelcoat.
So my view is keep it in the best possible condition and avoid having to deal with damage later. And to the forum regular who is about to do a first time gelcoat repair, as Red Green would say, "I'm rooting for ya."

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Old 06-04-2016, 07:00 PM   #12
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I really don't think we are disagreeing with each other Ron, but I appreciate the polite Canadian. I do agree with you that long term UV on unprotected gel coat will degrade. I do think the modern waxes provide a high degree of protection, while a shed or garage would be the best solution. Actual covers that touch the surface of a trailer here in AZ are probably not a good idea and cause their own kind of damage to the gel coat, but they would be good solutions in other climates. I think the takeaway in all this is that folks need to be providing UV protection for the trailers whether it be waxing regularly, a cover where appropriate, or shed/garage.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:12 PM   #13
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I think the takeaway in all this is that folks need to be providing UV protection for the trailers whether it be waxing regularly, a cover where appropriate, or shed/garage.


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Old 06-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #14
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We see fiberglass boats slowly .. but surely .. being damaged by UVs.

Our trailer shell is only 1/8 +\- inch and I have found it as thin as 1/10th inch. I would guess thinner would be affected more?
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:02 PM   #15
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I'm in AZ which is pretty brutal and never have covered trailers. Wax twice a year Spring n Fall with a good quality wax, I use Meguiars Premium Marine, and never seems to be a problem with chalking unless the maintenance isn't done.
I recently brought back two trailers that had always been in AZ and had chalked out pretty bad. A 96 and 97 Scamp by adding an orbital polisher and 3M Marine Restorer then the Meguiars. Both of their shells came back to almost new after years of neglect in AZ sun. Actually, think the 96 came back to better than new, as you could use it as a mirror to shave in the morning.
If ya want to spend the money, Home Depot has some pretty good prices on the carport/versatube which I might consider when we get away from this HOA in a few years.
Hey Greg

Thanks for the tips - on a couple tiny scuffs on our Casita I used the 3M Marine Restorer and it immediately fixed them beautifully.

Don't have any chalking at all anywhere. A really careful cleaning got rid of the LA dust and bird poop. (Plus it usually has the Calmark on it)

Just used the Nu Finish 16 oz. Liquid Car Polish on the front and it looks very good but it isn't amazing. What Meguiars option do you like?

Is it the Meguiar's M6332 Flagship Premium Marine Wax - 32 oz. ?


I do have a power buffer I can use, if need be. Or just elbow grease.

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Old 07-05-2016, 07:45 AM   #16
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I started out using Star Brite Premium Marine Polish. I've always been a fan of MEGUIARS and tried MEGUIARS Flagship Premium Marine Wax. I was very disappointed as it was harder to use and often left a dull finish. Despite being left with a full bottle at over $25.00, I went back to the Star Brite. My labor is worth too much to use the wrong (to me) product.
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FWIW, in an entirely unscientific test, last fall before heading cross country I used Starbrite on half of the hood of the truck and half of the front of the trailer, used Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid synthetic wax on the other half, 2 coats of each. Going by how water beaded off it was no contest, Starbright lasted at least double the time the Ultimate did. Bugs also came off the StarBrite somewhat better.

I did think the Ultimate looked a little better, at least for a while.
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