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Old 04-28-2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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Cleaning outside of Monaco

Tomorrow I'm picking up my first motor home. It is a 2003 Monaco Monarch.It was purchased from yhe original owner. Very good shape with 35k on Ford chassis. My question is what should I use on the outside to bring back some luster. I understand the side walls are aluminum..Any help would be great..

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Old 04-28-2016, 07:09 PM   #2
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I believe you have a miss-understanding about your new coach that I hope I am correct on.
The frame work in the walls of your coach will be aluminum , but the visible skin should be fiberglass. The painted fiberglass surfaces of your coach can be cleaned and polished with automotive items. Any unpainted fiberglass ( white areas and any decals) requires some special treatment to bring back the luster and I'll post a link to what other owners have done with their RVs.

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Old 04-28-2016, 07:22 PM   #3
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I have had great success using products from Griots Garage. They have a complete line of products that will handle any stage of polishing to waxing you might need. Also there phone support is outstanding. Ask any classic car enthusiast and they will know this brand.

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Old 04-28-2016, 08:00 PM   #4
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Nu Finish It works fine. As you can see from the photo I hope I have attached I do use it...
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Oops I hate when phone does that. No photo either.
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:05 PM   #7
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:31 PM   #8
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A lot is going to depend on how much work you're willing to put into it. If you're ambitious and maybe have some help you could clay bar it first.

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The apply a good wax I've used Maguires and like it.

You could also check into having it detailed.
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A look at the Monaco brochures for the Monarch indicate that the 2003 year had aluminum side walls, not fiberglass. I believe the last year that Monaco offered aluminum on the Monarch was 2007, on the SVE model.

Our former Class C coach had a painted aluminum skin. The manufacturer recommended #2180 Ultra Polymer Sealant from Finish Kare. Here's a link to the product's Web page. I found it was absolutely fabulous at removing light surface oxidation and restoring shine. Elbow grease is needed (I prefer not to use buffers, for fear of swirl marks). I use it on my cars now. I found no additional waxing is needed to keep the shine. Great stuff!

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