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Old 05-14-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Wax/Polishing the RV

I want to give the rv a good coat of wax to start the season and am looking for recommendations from the group. I was thinking of using a Cleaner Wax by Mequiar's which is safe for clear coats but am open to suggestions. Also, looking for ways to add a shine to my Accuride aluminum wheels (non clear coated) which I finally got the water spots and stains off of. Had to use a combination of steel wool and Mothers Power Metal for aluminum.

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Old 05-14-2010, 02:06 PM   #2
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Mothers aluminum polish for the wheels
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:59 PM   #3
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Monaco say NOT to use a wax with a cleaner in it on the outside walls because it is an abrasive and will kill the clearcoat. There are numerous spray clear polishes available now that you can just spray on and just a little rubbing to make them look real good. I would not use a wax with a cleaner in it.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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I just used Meguiars Gold Class carnuba and it looks great. I use it on my cars and it lasts longer than anything I have used.
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I use Rejex on the front of mine, works great makes a nice shiny coat that helps the bugs come off! I must say it s quite easy on and off, however I must admit I am bad (aka lazy) and have never done the rest of the unit!

Rejex is not cheap either!


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Old 05-14-2010, 10:37 PM   #6
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Monaco say NOT to use a wax with a cleaner in it on the outside walls because it is an abrasive and will kill the clearcoat. There are numerous spray clear polishes available now that you can just spray on and just a little rubbing to make them look real good. I would not use a wax with a cleaner in it.
That is the general opinion on most of the car detailing forums. Cleaner wax has abrasives - not good for clear coat surfaces. I've used meguairs carnuba in the past, great job but a lot of effort.The nano sprays from Meguiars and Mothers do a pretty good job of removing the residual grime that their car wash cannot remove and leave a good protective coat. Much easier to use. Their clay bar products rare great. I ran though or was sprayed with some sort of white paint driving through Tucson that left thousands of small white dots all over the lower sides of the coach. I think it was lane marker paint. It was a grueling job to use the clay bar of the lower half of the coach but it really worked and does not harm the clear coat. You use their nano wax as a lubricant for the clay bar so at least part it ended up with a protective coat.
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Wax?? What's wax?? Seriously, have only used it on front end and satellite dome (altho I may start using dish detergent and letting it dry on the dome like I've seen recommended). The rest I give to the Blue Beacon truck wash. $36 bucks and a tip.
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Nu Finish, great for clear coats removing oxidation, heavy road stains, water spots, not so great for vinyl graphics, rubber and glass. Protect All is good for all surfaces, not so good for removing oxidation. Also its expensive, because Wally World stopped carrying it, just like they stopped carrying a lot of RV products. Those stinkers. I found that the best substitute is an AmourAll product called Ultimate Wash and Wax Detailer. It is a spray on product that can be used as a waterless car wash, spray it on wipe it off.
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Ken....I've tried a bunch of polish/wax and the NuFinish is a good bang for your buck. It goes on easy and lasts as long as the other products I've tried. I use a 6" hand held random orbit buffer. If I'm lucky...the wife follows along behind me with a towel to buff it off.

I kept polishing my wheels and never could get them as nice as others. I finally realized I was using way too much Mother's Polish. I swipe al small amount on my finger and wipe it on the wheel. I buff it with a PowerBall untill the black goes away and it shines. I usually do the wheel in thirds. I probably us less than than a thimble full of polish on an entire wheel.
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Highly recommend Magic Mix for the wheels. The kit includes a mild acid wash and a liquid polish. Easy to use and will make them shine like nothing else I've ever used, including Mother's alum polish. You can buy the kit from Flying J, many truck parts suppliers or RV Upgrades which is a forum sponsor.
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I will definitely check out some of the products mentioned.
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