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#1 blainenbecky

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:51 PM

I just got an old 1988 mobile traveler from a friend and I have been having a blast fixing up on the old girl.

we washed the RV down with bleach as it was really dark with mildew and then I saw the paint was flat and dull of shine  

so I waxed the cab with nu-finish car wax, the wipe on wipe off type

the cab came out pretty good and seems to be repelling water pretty well as seen it this pic. 

 

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but the rest of the RV is fiberglass and I will start on it tomorrow if  the rain allows

but there is some really nasty pinstripes on the RV that I would like to remove someday seen here in this pic 

 

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over the cab is more like a boat hull then most RV's seen here in this pic

 

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and I did a test spot on the fiberglass but it dose not look as good as the truck cab ,

what do some of you guys use on old fiberglass RV's that work the best ?

thanks for any tips or hints you may share to help me with my first RV 


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#2 DickandLois

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:32 PM

Blaine,

 

From the pictures you posted, it looks like the clear coat has deteriorated.

 

It is a little hard to tell for sure, but the best way to get the glossy look back might be to clean and prep the surface for a new gel coat.

 

Then replacing the pin striping would bring her back to a good as new state.

 

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#3 wolfe10

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:14 AM

As Rich said, it is difficult to tell from the picture, but to me the fiberglass looks pretty good except for the stripe area.  Not sure I would do anything with it.

 

If you do decide to address it, and the underlying fiberglass is in good shape, no problem painting it.


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:52 AM

If you want to bring the fiberglass back, check with a marine store, they have many good products to restore the finish. 


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:51 AM

IF (big if) there is still gel coat left, indeed it can generally be rubbed/polished out.  Gel coat is many times thicker than paint.  Have worked on many fiberglass boats (with quality gel coat) that had completely dulled.  Started with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper, then 2000 then rubbing compound, then polishing compound.  Came out great. 

 

Suggest you try a small area to see what you can do with it.  Again, if you can see the fibers, this will NOT work-- it only works on gel coat which is smooth with no fibers showing.

 

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#6 hermanmullins

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:12 AM

One thing you might consider is to take you unit to a boat dealer that has a good make ready shop. They will have a tech that came bring out a good finish to your unit. They have the experience to bring out the shine on dull boats and your coaches front cap is made the same way as a fiberglass boat.

 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:32 AM

I just used a product that supposed to take away the Oxidation but it did not work completely. I think maybe I need to do it twice since I can look down the sides and see some dull oxidised spots and shiny spots. However I noticed green in the crevices where the roof meets the sides tried brushing with cleaner but think I will take it to a truck wash and allow them to use a high pressure washer to remove the green faster then work on getting the Oxidation completely gone. The front end came out great and looks almost new. Work in progress I think for now!

 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 06:47 PM

J, just be careful with the pressure washer on any Decals. They will come off faster then the green mold.

 

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:20 AM

J, just be careful with the pressure washer on any Decals. They will come off faster then the green mold.

 

Herman

 

Very true, I'd never use a power washer on anything with decals.


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#10 jraymond

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Has anyone ever tried ZEP Wet Look Professional Floor Finish from Home Depot? I have read that it brings a finish to high gloss, have not tried it but curious if anyone has?

 

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

I've used the ZEP wax from Home Depot. I cleaned the surface real good and put it on in several coats. After the first few coats it didn't look very

good but after a few coats it looked better than it did before I started the project. I only the front top and side tops above the seam where the side and top meet. lasted almost a year. As soon as the weather breaks in Ohio I'll try it again.


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