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Old 09-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #15
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Well, after an astounding amount of research, today I followed the advise of several experienced motor coach owners and cleaned and waxed our '94 Fleetwood Southwind. I appreciate the information everyone who participated in this forum put forth.
The Coach has been stored indoors by the previous owner so the gelcoat is not in disrepair.

The prep was long and required about 5-hrs and included using houshold detergent, 1-cup of bleach, along with the Bartenders Friend on a spong with an incredible amount of elbow grease. I watched the original Karate Kid for motivation (wax on - wax off Daniel-son) lol

Then I washed the entire 37' coach with TSP to insure that all of the old carnauba style waxes were gone

I chose to use Zep-Wet Look Floor Finish, which took another 3-hrs (+-) I used 4-micro fiber clothes and just worked a circular pattern all the way around until the 4-coats were complete . Actually used a micro fiber mop on the area above the cab. I tried an extension pole on the upper areas but found that working off a step ladder and hand rubbing created a much better finish.

THE RESULTS AS EVERYONE HAD SAID WERE ASTOUNDING AND OUTSTANDING

Simple reason for going this path:
1. Tried hand waxing carnauba - ok but no buffer
2. The people who reported success were so sure of the results
3. Small business owner-limited amount of time.
4. The people who buff talked about 25 plus hours.
5. How to handle the decals which are still in very good condition if buffing , everyone who used the Zep WLFF said to just wipe over them

AN ABSOLUTE GREAT SUCCESS - THANK YOU
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So, Guitar Lefty, did the process you used "whiten" the gel coat like you mentioned in your OP? Or did it just get clean and shiny?
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:09 PM   #17
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I determined that the gelcoat was the correct color, I like to sometimes create complex problems instead of looking to simple answers.

The color is exactly the same as the color on the metal (painted) engine cover, etc

Clean and shinny - one thing however the Bartenders friend if used with the scrub pad side of the sponge will really open up the pores in
The fiberglas/gelcoat

I'm just so very pleased (and tired) thanks
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I determined that the gelcoat was the correct color, I like to sometimes create complex problems instead of looking to simple answers.

The color is exactly the same as the color on the metal (painted) engine cover, etc

Clean and shinny - one thing however the Bartenders friend if used with the scrub pad side of the sponge will really open up the pores in
The fiberglas/gelcoat

I'm just so very pleased (and tired) thanks
I have come to the conclusion that is the only thing that is going to remove the high amount of oxidation on the curb side of my coach. I did buy the Poly Glow kit and the Poly Prep didn't touch the oxidation on the curb side of the coach, which is very cloudy and dull. Now the time to do that is gonna be another thing....maybe next weekend will see how it comes out. Appreciate the info on the Bartenders Friend....that's what I plan to use to get the oxidation out....
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Well, after an astounding amount of research, today I followed the advise of several experienced motor coach owners and cleaned and waxed our '94 Fleetwood Southwind. I appreciate the information everyone who participated in this forum put forth.
The Coach has been stored indoors by the previous owner so the gelcoat is not in disrepair.

The prep was long and required about 5-hrs and included using houshold detergent, 1-cup of bleach, along with the Bartenders Friend on a spong with an incredible amount of elbow grease. I watched the original Karate Kid for motivation (wax on - wax off Daniel-son) lol

Then I washed the entire 37' coach with TSP to insure that all of the old carnauba style waxes were gone

I chose to use Zep-Wet Look Floor Finish, which took another 3-hrs (+-) I used 4-micro fiber clothes and just worked a circular pattern all the way around until the 4-coats were complete . Actually used a micro fiber mop on the area above the cab. I tried an extension pole on the upper areas but found that working off a step ladder and hand rubbing created a much better finish.

THE RESULTS AS EVERYONE HAD SAID WERE ASTOUNDING AND OUTSTANDING

Simple reason for going this path:
1. Tried hand waxing carnauba - ok but no buffer
2. The people who reported success were so sure of the results
3. Small business owner-limited amount of time.
4. The people who buff talked about 25 plus hours.
5. How to handle the decals which are still in very good condition if buffing , everyone who used the Zep WLFF said to just wipe over them

AN ABSOLUTE GREAT SUCCESS - THANK YOU
Sounds like that is a lot easier than the way the Poly Glow is supposed to be applied, very particular, must be applied one way only in strokes and very light pressure, etc. etc.
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I believe it is BarKEEPER'S Friend, Not BarTENDER'S Friend.

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I believe it is BarKEEPER'S Friend, Not BarTENDER'S Friend.

Bar Keepers Friend | Cleaning Products | Household Cleaning Supplies
That's it, thats the good stuff alright!
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Agreed: BarKEEPER's Friend, thanks
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Now that the product description has been corrected, we can continue!
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You can't make gelcoat any whiter than it was originally, if that's your question.
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Anyone use magic eraser to clean the chalkiness?
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I tried a spot with the Bar Keeper's Friend and it does a fantastic job of removing the oxidation. I'm gonna use it on the curb side of the coach before my Poly Prep.....
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I talked to a guy where I was camping and said he used Mop and Glo. His camper looked good. Goimg to try on small section of mine. Will report
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Mop and Glo wasn't my answer to my finish. Maybe works okay if you already have some shine.
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