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Bob Vaughn

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Posted: 07/04/19 08:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was wondering if the fading of the front cap on my 2011 5th wheel could be fixed by using rubbing compound to bring back the color then coating it with a liquid floor wax. I forget the name of it. OR would it start to flake off?

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Does the floor wax give any UV protection? Is it formulated for outdoor use?


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3M makes several products to remove oxidation from fiberglass, I have used them and they work pretty well and Maguire's sells a three step kit for this purpose . Use a product designed for this purpose otherwise your going to have a bigger problem .
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if you stored the RV inside it would never be an issue. Outside (in the weather) storage is not only hard on the paint, it's hard on the seals ans caulk too.

I keep mine inside unless I'm using it. I realize not everyone can do that but a cover when not in use is a good alternative as well.

ADCO makes some nice ones.


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SidecarFlip wrote:

if you stored the RV inside it would never be an issue. Outside (in the weather) storage is not only hard on the paint, it's hard on the seals ans caulk too.

I keep mine inside unless I'm using it. I realize not everyone can do that but a cover when not in use is a good alternative as well.

ADCO makes some nice ones.

Sadily this was stored in a fully enclosed building. It is in the dark all the time except when we take it out to go camping. It was a manufacturing defect that the company weaseled out of repairing when it was new. It is a Heartland Big country.

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Here's a link to the Red Max Pro process. RMP is no longer available, ZEP #3 is the same product.

Use the process to remove the oxidation. If you don't want to use floor wax, use the wax of your choice.
The prep is the important part of the process.
I use ZEP #3 on our 96 Southwind. It does a nice job.

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Said it many times before. There is no easy fast one step gratification. The answer above using the 3M compound then a milder cleaner wax, finishing with a protective marine wax will get best results.


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It may depend on what color your cap is. If it's white then the fading may simply be from old age. If it's the dark brown or grey that was used back then, then no waxing, buffing, etc will create a long term result.
Paint is the only cure. BTDT with a 2013 dark brown cap. I did the 3 step process several times and always had the same results. The oxidation returned.
Finally got it painted.

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Our previous TT, (Outback) front cap started fading after 1 year of ownership (new). It was just out of the one year warranty when fading and discoloration started. I attempted all kinds of fixes and it seem it only made it worse and worse. I finally consulted with my purchasing dealership and they told me the paint itself used was inferior, not automotive grade and nothing would fix it except to repaint it.

They contacted Keystone and after some back-and-forth negotiations, Keystone agreed to pay for the repaint. However, I had to pay for new graphics. The deal was struck and about 4 weeks later we had the trailer back.

Before repaint:

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And here's what it looked like after we got it back. We had this TT for another 4 years and when we traded for our current 5er, that front cap still looks just as good as when it was first painted.

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Bob Vaughn wrote:

SidecarFlip wrote:

if you stored the RV inside it would never be an issue. Outside (in the weather) storage is not only hard on the paint, it's hard on the seals ans caulk too.

I keep mine inside unless I'm using it. I realize not everyone can do that but a cover when not in use is a good alternative as well.

ADCO makes some nice ones.

Sadily this was stored in a fully enclosed building. It is in the dark all the time except when we take it out to go camping. It was a manufacturing defect that the company weaseled out of repairing when it was new. It is a Heartland Big country.


That is a sad deal but typical of the RV industry it seems like.

I'd sure like to see the entire industry adopt a viable warranty program and not lip service. Like the auto industry finally has.

Most times the fade is a UV related issue as is degrading seals. Not sure if you can refurbish / renew the fade without repainting it and then you'd need the decals too.

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