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Old 07-22-2013, 03:49 PM   #21
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Several weeks after my post above: I'm hoping there is UV protection because I am underwhelmed by the shine. It's OK on the sides, but no significant luster over what it was previously. I treated the somewhat oxidized roof 3 times, using the Aero 303 website recommended "method 1 for restoring gelcoat fiberglass" on the last two applications. It is satin-like at best when viewed head-on, probably more like semi-gloss when viewed sideways. Maybe another treatment, or another plan - don't know, Glenn.
Here is some info from the 303 Aerospace web site - note that it says a matte finish.

303 Aerospace Protectant 8oz.

Key Benefits
  • Keeps treated surfaces looking new
  • Prevents fading and cracking
  • Restores lost color and luster
  • Powerful UV blockers
  • Anti-Static, repels smudges, dust, soiling and staining
  • Matte finish with no oily and greasy residue
  • Easy to use, simply spray on and wipe dry
So I guess if one is looking for a nice shinny look this is not the product to use!


I have yet waxed or 303ed but now that it is one year old perhaps it is time to do so? Also might help with the black water streaks running off the roof - that is probably a symptom from living on the west coast?
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:34 PM   #22
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I've just used Simonize Wash and Wax solution since getting the trailer in 2008. Trailer is shiny, except for the front, top edge. I'm tackling that today.
So far, I've found that Turtle Wax Bug 'n' Tar can't deal with what I think are cedar leaf stains. Applied Vim cleaner ( has a mild abrasive ) to a couple spots and it worked, but I'm not going further until I see if the shine can be restored.
Used Mother's with carnuba wax on the front leading edge, but I'm not impressed so far. Next, I'm going to apply Nu Finish which claims it is excellent for fiberglass boats and recreation vehicles. "No rubbing, no buffing".
I've got five different products to hand, which says something about my ability to stick with a project.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:46 PM   #23
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Geln, I have used 3m marine fibergalss gelcoat polishing compound from Canadian Tire for that kind of stuff and it works great. I just use one of those micro fiber cloths and gently rub the compound in. I have not found anything that I can't get off yet. Like you I try to use products for their intended use where I can. they keep that stuff in the boating section not with the car detailing stuff at the store I go to .
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:55 PM   #24
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Not cheap is it?
I got the 3M with the waxes in it.
Waiting for the sun to go behind the trees.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #25
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if its got 3m on the label its never cheap, But their products generaly work very well.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:40 PM   #26
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So far, I've just used elbow grease. I do have a Simonize power polisher, but the instructions say to apply it in short, straight, strokes. Have you used a power tool with it?
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no I have not . just elbow grease
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Good comments all, thanks to those with constructive feedback, much appreciated...
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:20 AM   #29
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I have used 3M Marine Ultra Performance Paste Wax on several boats I have owed by applying and buffing by hand, and have used on my automobiles, and this wax lasts a long time and provides a high gloss. I plan on using it on my new Escape when I pick it up next month.

I try to be careful with the combination products with wax and a cleaner as the products typically have abrasive additives used to clean the surface. I would use this type of product if there is oxidation in the gel coat, stains or difficult to remove oils from the road. If none of this is present I prefer to use a good cleaning solution first, e.g. car or boat wash or Dawn dish soap, and then wax with a quality paste wax.
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Yup. I'm using it on the dull area at the front where it meets the roof, and on some stains on the roof. I'll follow with a good wax.
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