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Old 04-13-2016, 02:11 PM   #41
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I use the Meguiars Premium Marine Wax. Fantastic and usually comes out on top of all the reviews of Marine/RV wax.
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I use the Meguiars Premium Marine Wax. Fantastic and usually comes out on top of all the reviews of Marine/RV wax.
Can I assume it doesn't stain or colour (that's "color" for all my American friends ) the black window trim?
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While were on the subject...

I've been wondering what equipment people use to polish, compound and wax. Is there a buffer thats does it all? Good ol' fashion elbow grease?
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He uses polishes with different grades of abrasiveness, working his way to a high gloss finish with wax.
I've also used 3M Marine Restorer and Wax. 3M also comes in grades of aggressiveness.

I do a quality wax job once a year and use Simonize Wash and Wax the rest of the year.
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I've been wondering what equipment people use to polish, compound and wax. Is there a buffer thats does it all? Good ol' fashion elbow grease?
My perspective is that it all depends on how much your trailer is oxidized. We put on a coat of Nufinish before we even left Chilliwack, its always stored inside and we put on a new coat at least once a year. So, all it takes is wiping on the Nufinish and wiping it off and the finish still looks brand new.

But if you have oxidation then you might need buffing, etc. I am personally wary of buffers as a little piece of dirt or crud on them can do a lot of damage, and sometime they leave swirl marks on the finish unless, like Glenn, you have someone who knows what they are doing. Hiring Glenn's son-in-law looks like a good option!

I had good luck on an oxidized kevlar canoe with 303.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:22 PM   #46
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While were on the subject...

I've been wondering what equipment people use to polish, compound and wax. Is there a buffer thats does it all? Good ol' fashion elbow grease?
Please read the start of this thread for a description of the equipment I use.
I store my 5.0TA inside a garage- so I'm hoping to only wax occasionally.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:29 PM   #47
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Can I assume it doesn't stain or colour (that's "color" for all my American friends ) the black window trim?
Never had a problem with that. I do a Spring/Fall and it goes right on and wipes off very easily, no equipment needed except app and wipe rags. If you do it twice a year you will probably not ever need the 3M marine restorer wax to remove chalking. But that's what I use with a Ryobi 7" polisher when I restore older Scamps to remove chalking first, then hit it with the Meguiars.
I've got a 97 Scamp 19 that I'm doing right now, that will look like a mirror when I finish the two steps.
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Another vote for the Maguire’s marine wax. Our previous Northern Lite fiberglass truck camper spent eleven years outdoors, uncovered and looked pretty much brand new when we sold it. We also used aerospace 303 on the vent covers with good results. Scott

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I've been wondering what equipment people use to polish, compound and wax. Is there a buffer thats does it all? Good ol' fashion elbow grease?
I went over board and picked up a Flex DA buffer Robot Check after burning up a PC like Glen's son in law is using. The PC Robot Check was good but I wanted a 2 handed. Use Meguiar's buffing pads.

Don't need the buffer for putting on or taking off most waxes or polishes, only if you have to clean the surface, oxidation and such. Don't get too aggressive, swirl marks are tough to remove.

Meguiar's 50 RV Cleaner/Wax works well for cleaning but the wax part of it doesn't last long. Starbrite's Marine Polish w/PTEF, whatever that is, is the best I've found so far for long lasting, at least if you go by how long water beads off. Very easy to use too.

Haven't tried 3M's waxes or polishes, I do use their compounds on the vehicles.
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Starbrite's Marine Polish w/PTEF, whatever that is, is the best I've found so far for long lasting, at least if you go by how long water beads off.
That would be "PTFE", which is polytetrafluroethylene. Teflon™ is one brand name for this material, although what's in the Starbrite product won't be Teflon™ specifically. Starbrite apparently deliberately mis-spells the acronym, so they can register it as a trademark and so mis-typed web searches will find it:
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Sounds like a pretty sleazy company, but if the stuff works...
The PTFE is in there to be slippery... and make that water bead off.
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Lots of folks here love NU FINISH

what is best - liquid NU FINISH or paste NU FINISH ?

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Lots of folks here love NU FINISH

what is best - liquid NU FINISH or paste NU FINISH ?

thx.
I've used them both, and still don't really know my preference. Usually it comes down to which one the store has when I need more.
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<-------<<< Wishes he had a trailer to wax.
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Ours still needs a good cleaning and waxing when the weather warms up - it still has Arizona and New Mexico bugs on it. I guess I MIGHT let you come wash and wax mine......
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I guess I MIGHT let you come wash and wax mine......
It's just not the same as doing one's own trailer, but you do have beer, right?
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I use the Meguiars Premium Marine Wax. Fantastic and usually comes out on top of all the reviews of Marine/RV wax.
Totally agree, and unlike their Cleaner/Wax flows much better during application and easier to wipe off. If not the best, then definitely one of the best and easiest to use.
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Waxed my New 5.0 TA

I'm overwhelmed with info and can't find a single article that isn't under ten thousand words...

So what is the correct process, in order, in restoring fiberglass that is starting to look dull and chalky?


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That would be "PTFE", which is polytetrafluroethylene. Teflon™ is one brand name for this material, although what's in the Starbrite product won't be Teflon™ specifically. Starbrite apparently deliberately mis-spells the acronym, so they can register it as a trademark and so mis-typed web searches will find it:

(from Premium Marine Polish with PTEF)
Sounds like a pretty sleazy company, but if the stuff works...
The PTFE is in there to be slippery... and make that water bead off.
Think I'll just submit my posts to you before I post them.
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