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Kreylon rattle can works for me, and it will stay colorfast for a few seasons. For $6.00/can at Walmart it works very well, especially if you want to color match the A/C shrouds to the body which I did with my last rig.


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Sounds like 303 is the winner. Never tried it. I assume it's OK to use even if some gets on the rubber roof? Thanks all!


Well I hope it is.....I rub down the entire trailer and roof with 303 every 2 months and it's sustained it's new appearance.

Just use a car wash mop, only takes an hour with 30ft trailer.

Go through about a gallon per year, Amazon.


Interesting. Do you wet the mop or just spray it on and use the mop to spread it? Also, do you was the sides as well or only use 303? Thanks for the reply!

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kfp673 wrote:

kellem wrote:

kfp673 wrote:

Sounds like 303 is the winner. Never tried it. I assume it's OK to use even if some gets on the rubber roof? Thanks all!


Well I hope it is.....I rub down the entire trailer and roof with 303 every 2 months and it's sustained it's new appearance.

Just use a car wash mop, only takes an hour with 30ft trailer.

Go through about a gallon per year, Amazon.


Interesting. Do you wet the mop or just spray it on and use the mop to spread it? Also, do you was the sides as well or only use 303? Thanks for the reply!


Simply spray it on then mop it out, leaves a rich shine and valuable sun protection.

When washing the trailer is a must " not often " I use Dawn dish liquid and let trailer dry completely before applying 303.
A wash and wax would compromise the 303's ability to adhere.

Duration of product ?
Roof beads water for approximately 2 months,sides and seals go a little longer.

Very satisfied with ease of application and how it keeps the vulnerable front cap and decals looking new.

Be careful on the roof.

* This post was edited 07/17/20 07:26am by kellem *

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Hello all- So I did end up going with 303 for all of the black plastics and trim on the camper. Looks great until it rains and then it runs like crazy. I made sure to really wipe it in and in most cases spray on the rag to apply, so I do not feel it was overused. Tried it again yesterday for certain areas. Again looks fantastic when done, but it rained this morning and those black plastic items are all streaky again. Any thoughts?

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Seriously you have BLACK covers.. Believe it or not WHITE makes them work better.


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I use F11 on the trim and mirrors on my truck. Doesn't wash off. Expensive but I do the entire truck and have done the front of my trailer. It's basically a detail spray but you can put it on everything. Even great on Stainless steel.

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303 is a very good product but I think it works best to keep it from fading in the first place.If it has already faded. The 303 will make it look black as you found out,but won't last long. Once it faded I think you will need to paint it or replace it.


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wa8yxm wrote:

Seriously you have BLACK covers.. Believe it or not WHITE makes them work better.


I agree. I see so many newer RV's with black or dark colors being used in many applications. RV's are hard enough to keep cool but those dark coolers increase the heat load.They may look great but builders should know better.
Not sure, wear a white shirt outside on a sunny day. Then put on a black shirt. Big difference!

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RAS43 wrote:

wa8yxm wrote:

Seriously you have BLACK covers.. Believe it or not WHITE makes them work better.


I agree. I see so many newer RV's with black or dark colors being used in many applications. RV's are hard enough to keep cool but those dark coolers increase the heat load.They may look great but builders should know better.
Not sure, wear a white shirt outside on a sunny day. Then put on a black shirt. Big difference!


The builders will build anything that sells, what makes sense isn't even on the chart.





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