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wa8yxm

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Posted: 08/30/18 11:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are planing on re-sealing the roof, re-caulking and such I'd start by mopping the roof (do not wax EVER) then do the re-caulk, Mop it again then wash and wax the sides as you would a new car.


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LarryJM wrote:

ScottG wrote:

I use Mequires on the whole rig including the graphics but don't rub it in aggressively on the latter.


I also have been using Meguires Ultimate on entire trailer including graphics for the last 11 years twice a year w/o any issues with the graphics.

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The Meguires Ultimate has been working its magic around here as well. Highly recommended.

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Posted: 09/18/18 02:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use the Megs marine wax. Aside from a giving a nice shine, it provides UV protection.

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WHat products do I use. Same as a car. I like Turtle Wax Ice and another one that begains with "M" Meguilers or something like that. for the Wax.

Any decent auto wash for the wash.

Spick & Span for the roof. (Do not wax roof).

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If you want to cut down your wax time make it look better and make the wax go further. Go to Harbor Freight and buy their dual action polisher. And don't for get your 20% off coupon. Watch a few you tube videos one guy even uses the Harbor Freight unit. You will not be sorry.


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So many options, I'm overwhelmed. Why are some of you saying not to wax the roof?

What about Meguiars flagship marine wax?

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rvshrinker wrote:

So many options, I'm overwhelmed. Why are some of you saying not to wax the roof?

What about Meguiars flagship marine wax?


It depends on the type of roof. Mine is aluminum and waxing would do no harm and perhaps add some longevity. I would not put wax on a rubber roof. The wax is not designed for rubber and might actually degrade it.

I tried Meguiars flagship marine wax. I got a blotchy looking appearance instead of a nice shine. So I went for another coat. And then another. It took over a day's work and the results were poor. At that point I got wax stripper and spent hours more removing the Meguires. I applied 3 coats of ZEP acrylic floor finish. The application was simple, just wipe on a light coat. It is supposed to dry 30 minutes before reapplying and that was about the time it took me to complete an application before starting the next coat.

The results with ZEP have been astounding. I used to have problems with black streaks but those do not occur with the ZEP finish. Months after applying ZEP, I took a trip for several months, returned with a bug splattered RV and left it for the winter. In the Spring, I just rinsed it with a hose. I did have to scrub off the bugs from the cap of the RV and reapply some ZEP but the rest of the RV looked like it had just been waxed. Now another year, 4 months of travel and lots of bug splatters have again occurred. I might be able to just rinse off the splatters. I will probably wipe on a fresh coat of ZEP on the whole RV. Again that will not involve any heavy work, just wiping on some new finish.

As you can tell, I highly recommend ZEP and will never return to waxes.

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rvshrinker wrote:

So many options, I'm overwhelmed. Why are some of you saying not to wax the roof?

What about Meguiars flagship marine wax?


Aluminum sided, filon sides? Pretty much any wax you use will work for either and typically the more expensive and harder to buff off, the longer it lasts. However, I've basically quit hand waxing all the vehicles and toys. It's just too easy to use spray wax a little more frequently.
Regarding the roof, is it a rubber type roof? That's typical on most RVs. If so, you don't do anything to it.
Just wash and wax the RV and put a cover on it. Don't be overwhelmed.
What about the caulk, do you really have anything to repair there.


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The instruction manual speaks of fiberglass, not sure if that's just the roof or sides as well. Outdoors RV 2018 MY. They confirmed to use Dicor for the roof seams as needed but looks pretty good to me. A few spots on the sides are a little thin and for that they said to use geocel/proflex if that helps.

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Posted: 04/22/19 12:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have used Dicor many times with no issues. Twice I had problems with Geocel proflex. I think the material in the tubes had started to set. It came out thick and did not seal. This happen to me twice with tubes I bought a different places.

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