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Old 11-09-2015, 10:55 PM   #1
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Fading Fifth Wheel Cap --LineX solution?

I've noticed early signs of cap fading on our coach. I've been applying Meguiars Flagship Premium wax ...three apps one day apart ...in the spring and fall. I expect the fading will worsen.

I talked to LineX today who indicated they do a lot of RV caps that provide a long lasting, low maintenance solution. They can color match the finish. Must use the LineX Premium which has the UV protection.

Pressure washer will remove bugs, restore finish to orginal state..so they say. In addition LineX claims in the event of fading in the future, a restoration can be completed. Lifetime warranty. No need to climb a ladder to polish cap. Going to talk to LineX to consider other "decal" options as part of the application.

It's worth the $800 CDN to eliminate the waxing process. I have lot more investigation to do before I would take this approach.

Does anyone have any experience in this possible solution?

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Old 11-10-2015, 06:41 AM   #2
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Ben,

Seems to be a major problem with rigs in the states. Go on the AF site and there is quite a thread...

Oh, the only solution so far has been a repaint.

BTW, you shouldn't be using wax....


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Old 11-10-2015, 10:16 PM   #3
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As in the bedliner material? Photos for RV use?
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As in the bedliner material? Photos for RV use?
Yes as in bedliner material. No photos on RV application, hence caution on LineX claims. This material has a wide range of possible applications per website. YouTube has a few examples also. I've got auto paint solutions, but trying to find a low maintenance solution....polish and bug removal. I've found two RV owners that have successfully used the approach. Trying to find more.
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Ben,

Seems to be a major problem with rigs in the states. Go on the AF site and there is quite a thread...

Oh, the only solution so far has been a repaint.

BTW, you shouldn't be using wax....


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grassy,

I believe most of these "waxes" are polymer based...synthetic. Meguiars Flagship Premium wax is a marine wax..polymer based .. good for marine and RV applications. Should be OK.
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Truck Bed Spray On Liner instead of Bra
I have shopped for Bra's for my coach and couldn't find anything I like and the prices are just crazy high. Came across a thread in a forum that the guy had his front end sprayed with bed liner. So after a rather long search for someone that would do the job, this is the result. $375.00 done! I know some may thing its "ugly", but I like it quite a bit. Drive home was 3 hrs, as usual plenty of squashed bugs. Took out the hose and off they came with almost zero effort.

This is from a post I found not mine.
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Yes as in bedliner material. No photos on RV application, hence caution on LineX claims. This material has a wide range of possible applications per website. YouTube has a few examples also. I've got auto paint solutions, but trying to find a low maintenance solution....polish and bug removal. I've found two RV owners that have successfully used the approach. Trying to find more.
Have you tried Wash Wax ALL a waterless application made by Aero Cosmetics! I tried this product after seeing this at the F.R.O.G. rally held this year in Goshen IN. The product was applied to a Cardinal 5ER with full body paint. Boy did this that 5er POP look like it just came right off the show room floor.

I have done my truck and RV with Wash Wax All, easy on off. this took about four hours to do my Cedar Creek and 2 hours for the Ram including tires and windows. The front cap was the hardest to do with all of the bugs on it after a 28 day trip. Took about 20 mins to clean just spray and wipe off. Next time should be easier per the directions from Aero Cosmetics since the bugs should slide off due to the wax job.
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Ben,

I believe most of these "waxes" are polymer based...synthetic. Meguiars Flagship Premium wax is a marine wax..polymer based .. good for marine and RV applications. Should be OK.
I went the marine route as well...I think they use the term polish vs wax. I suspect the the reason you state. I figure if works on fiberglass hulls it should be good to use.

Not sure about the bedliner however, as mentioned, I havn't seen this problem on this side of the border.

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I've seen quite a few vehicles (Jeeps) - including new ones around here done in this material, so it can be colored. It's perhaps just a form of re-paint with less prep work, as the texture tends to hide imperfections.
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I've noticed early signs of cap fading on our coach. I've been applying Meguiars Flagship Premium wax ...three apps one day apart ...in the spring and fall. I expect the fading will worsen.

I talked to LineX today who indicated they do a lot of RV caps that provide a long lasting, low maintenance solution. They can color match the finish. Must use the LineX Premium which has the UV protection.

Pressure washer will remove bugs, restore finish to orginal state..so they say. In addition LineX claims in the event of fading in the future, a restoration can be completed. Lifetime warranty. No need to climb a ladder to polish cap. Going to talk to LineX to consider other "decal" options as part of the application.

It's worth the $800 CDN to eliminate the waxing process. I have lot more investigation to do before I would take this approach.

Does anyone have any experience in this possible solution?

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We experienced the same problem on our Montana. We tried ZEP Industrial Floor Wax. Three coats and it shined. Bugs wash off with little or no scrubbing. Cost was less than $30.00/gal. I recommend trying this first. Cheaper and it won't add weight. Here is a youtube video.
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