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Old 04-06-2015, 07:14 AM   #1
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Need washing/waxing tips

Last weekend was our first trip out for the spring so we are officially in the RV season I'd love to wash and wax my coach but I keep reading that I should wax the gel coat but not the vinyl stickers.

If that is the case, my first question is how do I not get wax on the graphics. The second question is, how should I care for the graphics? I noticed some cracking and discoloration in them all and not sure what it takes to replace them and refresh the coach.

I currently have tech wax and an orbital buffer at my service.

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Old 04-06-2015, 07:33 AM   #2
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The guy that redis mine told me it was no problem. I use Colonite and am very pleased with the results.

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Old 04-06-2015, 08:32 AM   #3
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Some wax products, particularly those with natural waxes (carnuba, for example) can gum up the pores in the vinyl and cause long term problems. Most new synthetic protectants won't bother vinyl decals, but there are probably exceptions. I use Protect All with no problems. It is designed to use on many surfaces, including vinyl upholstery, so is completely safe. I'm sure there are others as well.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:47 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by 450Donn View Post
The guy that redis mine told me it was no problem. I use Colonite and am very pleased with the results.
I believe that is spelled Collinite.

Colonite might be the worst name ever for a detailing product.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:00 AM   #5
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We use Aerospace 303 Protectant on our decals. We try to wax around them as best we can.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:10 AM   #6
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I'm the third owner of my 15 year old unit. Decals are in good shape. I've never attempted to do anything to prevent wax, spray on detailing sprays, from getting on the decals. I've had it going on 4 years and it sits outside all the time, until I get home when it will go under it's new carport.
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Hi gigamanx,
Go to Car Care Products, Detailing Supplies, Auto Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789 I use quite a few of his products. Speed Shine and Spray On Wax are the two wax/polishes I use. Found this company when I had my Corvette. Great reputation, excellent products and very good service.
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I've always used New Finish, both on my prior boat and since on my RV's. Easy on and off and doesn't harm the decals. 303 Protectant is an excellent product also that I used extensively on my boat because of its UV protection. That will make your decals look new.

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