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Pace86

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Posted: 02/11/13 02:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know that I will get several suggestions, but looking for something to help renew the finish on the 1996 Itasca, the finish is in pretty good shape, with the exception of the rear, which suffered from southern exposure.
The lower portion is a medium gray, which looks awful, any suggestions for that as well.
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I don't know if how I do it is right or wrong but I have used Turtle Cut Wax and it seems to get the oxidization off and restore the shine.
It is a lot of work and elbow grease though and it won't help if the decals are faded and cracked.


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Posted: 02/11/13 04:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

x3 on the Zep Wet Look or Red Max Pro #3 floor finish products....


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Posted: 02/11/13 04:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://www.poliglow-int.com/

Proven to work.





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Zep Wet Look was the only option of many tried on our 1993 at worked worth a flip.

A gallon (more than needed) and oxidization removal (Bar Keepers Friend) will run $35 for chemicals.

peaches&cream post covers my over sight on the Poliglow that was common before the boating and RV industry learned all of our sources for short life (1+ years) Acrylic Plastic Coating.

$25 per gallon for Zep Wet Look acrylic plastic coating.

$200 per gallon for Poliglow acrylic plastic coating.

The plus for Poliglow it is packaged in quart size for retail sales unlike Zep at Lowes/Home Depot big box store gallon size containers.

* This post was edited 02/11/13 04:36pm by Gale Hawkins *

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Fiberglass with gelcoat which have become oxidized and has some fading or dullness, waxes and polishes may restore the shine but often don't maintain it for more than a month or so. This is because the gelcoat surface has microscopic pits and crevices in it from the oxidation, even after you have rubbed off the oxidized layer. When you apply wax over the surface, the wax is too heavy to penetrate into the pits and crevices. And the oxidation will grow back unless it can some how be sealed.

A fiberglass sealer will penetrate into the gelcoat surface, filling in the microscopic holes and crevices to prevent future oxidation. The sealer provides a barrier between the environment and the gelcoat, cutting off the chemical reaction which creates oxidation. Vertglas and Poliglow are fiberglass copolymer sealers. It is said by many around here that Zep Wet Look floor finish (at Home Depot or Lowes) works as well as fiberglass sealers, and is much cheaper.

But before you can put a sealer on fiberglass, you have to remove the oxidation and brighten the color. This is like polishing with a rubbing compound or a finishing compound. Both Poliglow and Vertglas have special oxidation removers. Those who use Zep Wet Look have found that polishing with Bar Keepers Friend or Bon Ami will remove the Oxidation. What ever you use, you need need to supply the elbow grease, and that is work! I would think that buffers would help, but unless you know what your are doing, you could remove the gelcoat completely and it will never shine again.

Another option is automotive paint and clearcoat.


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Gel-Gloss RV cleaner & polish.


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I looked at the poly glow site, does anyone have directions on the use of the Zep Wet and Bon Ami?

Isn't Bon Ami a granular cleaner?

How do you apply the Zep Wet? Brush, roller, pad?

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jerseyjim wrote:

All else fails: paint it.


it is not in that bad of shape, perhaps the gray at the bottom.
I can't imagine what it would cost to re-paint a 34 ft MH.

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All else fails: paint it.

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