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Old 03-17-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
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Polishing heavily oxodized DRV

We purchased a nice '04 Mobile Suites a few years ago. It's obviously not seen wax since new, so we decided to polish on it. We've tried just about every compound/wax we can think of, and the finish is just not coming back to our standards. The front cap polished up good, the painted graphics still shine, but the sides are flat. I've detailed before, and I enlisted a local detail shop to work on this....for the life of us, we cannot get the sides to look decent. Thankfully we worked on a small area, and finally just stripped the wax off, and washed the area with soft scrub to flatten it back out. I'd rather it be flat, but uniform than half azzed polished. I called DRV and the young kid who admitted my detailer would know more than him, said that from the factory they were supposed to be semi-flat. Is there truth to that? I'm OK if it is, but I was really hoping to slick this on up and make it look 4-5 years old instead of 12. What are we missing? Is there a better product? There is a guy in the area advertises "colorlift finish restorer" as a spray on product. His pictures look nice, but I've always thought of those products as a "cover up" to make it look good on the surface without addressing the actual problem. I've got half a notion to have my body shop scuff and clear the sides, but kind of hate to spend that kind of money on a 12 year old coach.



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Old 03-18-2016, 06:04 AM   #2
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We used this on our 1996 Tioga. Use at your own risk.

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Old 03-18-2016, 06:22 AM   #3
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Mequiars 4965 Oxidation removal kit worked on my '98 Winnebago. It is a three step process to remove oxidation, polish and wax the fiber glass. A lot of work, but it looked good when done.
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Try shurhold.com. It's a marine-specific site. They have some good products for boats that should work with other gel-coated fiberglass items and there are some videos showing technique.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:24 AM   #5
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I have never seen an rv of any sort with a matte finish. Some have higher gloss than others but none matte from the factory. I would also recommend the mequires oxidation remover followed up by a good polish and then a sealant or good wax. Keep in mind the only way you are going to achieve this is with a machine. By hand it just wont work.
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Marine Compounds / Fiberglass Restore on Sale

This page should contain more than enough choices to confuse you.

Without seeing & touching I can't recommend which product to use. The 3M pure compound is aggressive stuff & should be used carefully on thin gelcoat.

Sounds like you have a pretty big multi step job on your hands. It might take 3 steps to restore starting with the compound, next the compound/wax or cleaner/wax then finishing with a pure wax or sealant for a lasting shine.

Defender.com is a very good discount supplier for boating supplies. Lots of stuff for RVs too. I have always had good experiences with 3M products & Meguires products for my boats & RV. Getting the right product, even if it costs more, saves alot of labour.

Never had really serious chalking to deal with on the RV but have maintained it well, it is a 2007, with 3M cleaner wax followed by Meguires Flaxship wax. A once a year job for sides & rear.
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There is an oufit down in fort myers fl that sells a system called shineon. It's a bit pricey and pretty labor intensive but the units I've seen after application look pretty good. It is designed toi be used on the really bad gelcoats. I bought a kit to do mine but found I could get good results with a buffer and a three step clean, polish, wax. I sold the kit to a fella in South Carolina and he has not reported back yet. Shineon has a web site if you're interested. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:23 AM   #8
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Not that this problem is specific to Drv's but how about posting this question on the Suites owners website? www.suitesowners.com. There might be another owner that has an older one or purchased an older one with the same problem. There's also the www.5thwheelforums.com and the Thor forums, which purchased Drv last year and has a Drv thread on the discussion forum.
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Thanks, I'll look into that. I signed up as a member when we bought the coach, but frequent this forum more.
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I also have a 04 RE3 and can appreciate your problem. Zep is the product that I used with great results. There is a specific procedure to clean/prep the surface before the application of 4 or 5 coats of the polish. It has held up well with a touch up once per year so far.

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