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Old 10-15-2008, 05:09 PM   #1
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What can I use on my filon siding to remove the oxidation? My siding was actually made by Noble Composites in 2003, bought out by Crane Co in 2006.
You can see the fiberglass fibers in the white siding, so I assume its virtually the same as Filon siding.

Can I use a polishing compound with a buffer or will I burn/cut thru the white color and have a bigger problem than the dull finish I have now?

Any and all advice and experiences welcome.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:09 PM   #2
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What can I use on my filon siding to remove the oxidation? My siding was actually made by Noble Composites in 2003, bought out by Crane Co in 2006.
You can see the fiberglass fibers in the white siding, so I assume its virtually the same as Filon siding.

Can I use a polishing compound with a buffer or will I burn/cut thru the white color and have a bigger problem than the dull finish I have now?

Any and all advice and experiences welcome.
Thanx,
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First thing is to check the manufacturers instructions. If nothing there, there try a small area with a boat fiberglass polish. I would not use a power buffer unless you have some experience with it. Seen too many first trys and they literally burn the finish.

You might also try a product called Protect All. Some Walmarts have it.

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Thanx TX.

Found the mfr's website and instructions for gloss restoration, which I have reproduced below for the next frustrated owner who's looking for help

Restoring Gloss

Materials
"¢ Mild detergent
"¢ Soft cotton cloth
"¢ Turtle Wax® Rubbing Compound Heavy Duty Cleaner
"¢ Turtle Wax® Polishing Compound (for buffer use only)
"¢ Mechanical buffer (optional)
"¢ Turtle Wax® Super Hard Shell Car Wax Paste

Procedure
1. Wash the Crane Composites RV panel with a mild detergent and water.
2. Dry the Crane Composites RV panel with a clean, soft cotton cloth.
3. Apply heavy duty cleaner by following the directions on the container.
(If a buffer is available, substitute polishing compound for heavy duty cleaner and buff polishing compound lightly).
4. Wash the Crane Composites RV panel with water and dry the surface.
5. Apply car wax paste per directions.

I did this with my buffer and was quite pleased with the shiny results. Old school Turtle Wax white polishing compounding in the tub worked great.

My siding was made by Noble in 2003, but they were bought by Crane Composites in 2006. The link to above info can be found here:

http://www.cranecomposites.com/pdfs/6998_rv_voc.PDF

Good Luck,
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Update:

When I got to the most oxidized sidewall, I had to compound it twice with Turtle Wax Polishing Compound but couldn't get a nice clean final shine. Too much oxidation building up in the compound and wool pad, I guess. So I switched to my car stuff and it produced a nice clean shine. Again I applied it with a wool pad on my buffer, and polished it until it was gone (Unlike TW, which had to be rubbed off after buffing. Better not to let it dry). It was "3M Perfect-It 300, Extra Cut Rubbing Compound". (Pricey at $38/qt but does the job well. Available at auto paint suppliers.)

Next time, I think I'll just use the 3M if any oxidation is visible, and do the job once.

Finished off with Turtle Wax ICE synthetic paste wax. My siding now looks shiny, like new Who knows how long it will last?

FYI...Joe
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