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Old 06-24-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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Has anyone wiped the front of the trailer with RainX to make cleaning bugs off easier?

I've heard of sticks and staples folks doing it but don't know if this is a problem on a fiberglass unit.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:35 AM   #2
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Has anyone wiped the front of the trailer with RainX to make cleaning bugs off easier?

I've heard of sticks and staples folks doing it but don't know if this is a problem on a fiberglass unit.

We use Mequiar's Flagship marine boat wax on our 19. I put two coats of wax on the entire trailer because of my great experience with this product when we had a boat. On our recent trip to the rally we had some bugs on the front and, after a rainstorm one night, most of the bugs were wiped off. Upon return home, it was easy to wipe off the remaining bugs.



After our second trip, again bugs came off the front easily. For those less energetic, one coat on the entire trailer and multiple coats on the front would work to make bug removal easier.



Meguiar's has two Flagship waxes, one is just the wax and the other is a mild cleaner wax to address oxidation. I used the former since our trailer is new.


I use Rainex on my windshield and like it but in the small print it says to be careful with rubbers and plastics so I'm not sure how it would react to gel coat.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:05 PM   #3
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Dan, I probably would not use Rain-X on anything that wasn't glass. It can discolor or cause problems. Rain-X does make another product called "2-In-1 Exterior Detailer and Water Repellent" that's designed for painted surfaces, and would probably work fine on gelcoat. But, there are other products out there specifically for gelcoat surfaces such as Meguiars or Starbrite (my favorite) that I would try first.
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If anyone wants some free Rain-X they are welcome to stop by and pick it up. I find it adds successive layers to the windshield and unless you are diligent about applying it regularly, the old layers trap moisture and give your windshield cataracts. Once you start, you can't stop using it. I now clean my windshield with methyl hydrate once year to strip off the wax from the car wash product I use. The wax does the same thing that Rain-X does, trap moisture from dew that remains until the windshield heats up.
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The wax does the same thing that Rain-X does, trap moisture from dew that remains until the windshield heats up.

AHA! So it's not just me. I bought Rain-X many years ago and applied it to the windshield of the company car. Got up on a cool, wet morning and had to sit in the car, with the engine running, for ten minutes while the windshield warmed up and cleared so I could drive.
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If anyone wants some free Rain-X they are welcome to stop by and pick it up. I find it adds successive layers to the windshield and unless you are diligent about applying it regularly, the old layers trap moisture and give your windshield cataracts.
I'm not a fan of RainX either. I've used glass wax for years with very good results. It even helps fill the minute scratches in the glass that distort the clarity over time. They used to use this stuff all the time but nowadays everyone seems to be using an ammonia based product like Windex. Use this glass wax on the windows in your home and you'll be quite pleased at the result. Use it on bathroom mirrors and the fogging will also be greatly reduced.

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I use RainX in my sticks 'n bricks fiberglass shower stall. The fiberglass isn't white, so I don't care if it changes a slightly different color. I do know it makes keeping the shower stall cleaner, longer and easier.
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Good idea! I like it!

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I use Nu-Finish on the outside of the trailer and inside the shower, does a great job. Its not a wax but a sealer. Bugs come off quite easy mostly.
All the water beads up and runs off the walls inside the shower also.
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I use the liquid "all season" bug and tar Rain-X in my windshield dispenser. So far so good. Didn't like the wax one.

Even hit a small amount on the front bug cemetery while recently washing the trailer and it helped get the dried on guts off. Washed it normally after that.
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