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Posted: 10/12/20 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were never successful at restoring the finish on our last 5th wheel ourselves. It was a dark gray color and oxidized very quickly sitting outside in the sun. We tried all kinds of products, and hired a guy who said he could fix it, and he gave up (and cost us around $500).

A neighbor of ours had the same problem with his boat. He took it to a boat place and it was around $2500 to fix. We fixed it by trading it in and building an outbuilding to store the new one in [emoticon]


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I put a heroic effort last year with a cutting compound then wax, and although it didn't look like new, it looked pretty good. The next year it was almost back to the way it was before my big effort, so I give up. Does it bug me? Yes. But no way I'm putting that much work into the exterior every year.


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Just use a wash and wax to clean as usual. The decal ghosts will become less defined over time, and before you know it you will have low luster all over. Just as an older RV, like mine, should look.


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bpounds wrote:

Just use a wash and wax to clean as usual. The decal ghosts will become less defined over time, and before you know it you will have low luster all over. Just as an older RV, like mine, should look.


I disagree, we have friends that leave their fifth wheel in Arizona all year, and the shadows have yet to disappear on their 2009 Montana fifth wheel. They had some replaced , others not, and you can still see the shadows after baking in the Arizona heat ,and sun for several years.

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The only way to actually remove the "ghosting" effect is to wet sand the entire trailer. 1500 grit and then 1800 grit. Even then it's not 100%. The best way is to remove the decals when new and wax it right away, along with every 9-12 months going forward. Once it is ghosted it is not likely that you will ever be able to get rid if that.


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fx2tom wrote:

The only way to actually remove the "ghosting" effect is to wet sand the entire trailer. 1500 grit and then 1800 grit. Even then it's not 100%. The best way is to remove the decals when new and wax it right away, along with every 9-12 months going forward. Once it is ghosted it is not likely that you will ever be able to get rid if that.


I tried , and after 12 years of ownership I gave up on my 2008 Montana that I bought new .

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I have a similar issue with the decals peeling off but it's leaving the adhesive which is not pretty at all.
They even put some of the decals over some of the windows, why I don't know but the adhesive is not going anywhere until I find a solution.


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Used this on 3 5W's and all my vehicles, about $7. Apply by hand and buff off with a random orbit buffer:

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3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax with a Porter Cable Random Orbit was the best thing I found. I tried the the Meguairs and Chemical Guys and everything else.
Traded it on the Landmark with full body paint.


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Edd505 wrote:

Used this on 3 5W's and all my vehicles, about $7. Apply by hand and buff off with a random orbit buffer:

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X2 - works great on my trailers. Especially when they start to show a little oxidation. My 5th wheel is a 2006 - I cover it in the winter. It looks great and many people complement me on how clean the trailer is. People think it is much newer than it is. My horse trailer is all aluminum, white. I use the same product twice a year, it also still shines like new, no cover on it.

I use F10 on my cars and truck, but they have better paint to start with.

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