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Old 11-25-2014, 05:26 PM   #11
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I had good results using ReddMaxx pro polish on a 5 year old f/g Eggcamper, see attached...
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:35 PM   #12
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Using a floor wax / polish doesn't mean that you can now walk on the trailer roof.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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I've seen fiberglass that was painted with the wrong coating have a tendency to crack. .
Yah, and I've seen trailers painted with house paint and a roller But seriously the right paint on gelcoat works just fine. The real issue is when and if the gelcoat has gotten to its' own point of no return. Things like major chips etc. and areas worn thin by using abrasive products also come into the decision.

As long as the gelcoat is in good condition it's probably worth putting some sweat into it and seeing the result.

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Old 11-25-2014, 07:35 PM   #14
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If the oxidization is really bad, but the gelcoat is is good shape, 600 grit wet sandpaper will remove the oxidization nice, and leave it ready for a buff and polish. The gelcoat is relatively thick. I have tried it on this badly oxidized 3800 year old Trillium I am rebuilding, and it is amazing the colour it brings out.

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It's almost older than dirt but still in pretty good shape given its age!
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:05 PM   #16
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The gelcoat is relatively thick. I have tried it on this badly oxidized 3800 year old Trillium I am rebuilding, and it is amazing the colour it brings out.
"The gelcoat is relatively thick." That's the nitty gritty of the issue. I've seen gelcoat that has been abraded by abrasive cleaners to the point of transparency. Some people can't resist the quick fix to make black stains etc. go away easily but all gelcoat isn't equal and if there's a thin area and abrasives are used you might end up in a paint situation.

"3800 year old Trillium" , man, I knew fiberglass lasted a long time

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:38 PM   #17
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My 17 foot Escape has about 200,000 kms on it and is looking old and scruffy. I have tried waxing with minimal results. I have spoken to Escape who tell me that gelcoat is part of the original manufacturing process and can't be sprayed on afterwards. Does anyone know how I can restore the original shine? Is it a do-it-yourself project, or should I go to a professional, and if so who do I go to?
You would have to get the wax off if you want to try 303 Aerospace and see if that helps.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:41 PM   #18
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I have tried it on this badly oxidized 3800 year old Trillium I am rebuilding, and it is amazing the colour it brings out.
So, that would be about the same era as the one Moses used while shepherding in the desert, yes?
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I found a way to do it thats fairly easy and lasting on my oxidized Casita. Pm me if you are interested and want to work with a very common but a little hazardouse (but safe if you are cautious) solvent.
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So, that would be about the same era as the one Moses used while shepherding in the desert, yes?
Really, really good dating....
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