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Old 01-29-2019, 10:46 PM   #1
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Duragloss-542 experience with Escape finish ?

Hi Guys,

Life has gotten in the way of my use of my 2016 21 trailer, but on its reinspection for re-use, I've discovered its gotten a little weathered, mildewed, dirty after sitting in the elements.

My plan to un-mothball/clean it up, is to use this Duragloss-542 for a clean up :

https://www.amazon.com/Duragloss-542.../dp/B00J7KOT5Q

Followed by an application of BTS.

But before I went down that path I thought I'd canvas the group to see if anyone has had any experience using the Duragloss-542 product on their fiberglass trailers, and if so, how it performed.

I'd really like to avoid doing more harm than good.

Appreciate any/all input/pointers.

Thank you.
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:00 PM   #2
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Hi Guys,

Life has gotten in the way of my use of my 2016 21 trailer, but on its reinspection for re-use, I've discovered its gotten a little weathered, mildewed, dirty after sitting in the elements.

My plan to un-mothball/clean it up, is to use this Duragloss-542 for a clean up :

https://www.amazon.com/Duragloss-542.../dp/B00J7KOT5Q

Followed by an application of BTS.

But before I went down that path I thought I'd canvas the group to see if anyone has had any experience using the Duragloss-542 product on their fiberglass trailers, and if so, how it performed.

I'd really like to avoid doing more harm than good.

Appreciate any/all input/pointers.

Thank you.
That stuff is bleach (Sodium hypochlorite) with some soap added. Considering how much aluminum is on your trailer, I wouldn't use it. From ad "Not recommended for highly polished aluminum surfaces" - that's a sign that it etches aluminum.
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for pointing that out.....we do have the aluminum rims
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:25 AM   #4
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Have you tried cleaning what you would call the worst area first with just some standard car wash cleaner? Might not be as bad as it looks, a good wash and wax could do the trick.

Enjoy the journey.

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Old 01-30-2019, 08:45 AM   #5
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Hi Guys,

Life has gotten in the way of my use of my 2016 21 trailer, but on its reinspection for re-use, I've discovered its gotten a little weathered, mildewed, dirty after sitting in the elements.

My plan to un-mothball/clean it up, is to use this Duragloss-542 for a clean up :

https://www.amazon.com/Duragloss-542.../dp/B00J7KOT5Q

Followed by an application of BTS.

But before I went down that path I thought I'd canvas the group to see if anyone has had any experience using the Duragloss-542 product on their fiberglass trailers, and if so, how it performed.

I'd really like to avoid doing more harm than good.

Appreciate any/all input/pointers.

Thank you.
It is a bit more work but worth it as your trailer will look like new when finished.

1. Wash the whole trailer with a good car wash soap.
2. Go to a marine supply store and get finerglass oxide remover. (Like a rubbing compound for cars but made for fiberglass gel oats.) Apply and buff out with a power buffer.
3. Apply a good fiberglass wax and buff out.

This will bring the trailer back to new condition. Then give it a good waxing at least once a year, better twice, spring and fall.

(You might be able to find a boat yard to do the initial restoration work for a price)

Good luck!
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When I restore old Scamps, after a good washing, I use 3M fiberglass restorer with an orbital polisher. This is followed up by hand application of Meguiars Premium Marine.
Comes out like new.
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