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Old 06-30-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Renew finish - need advice please

We bought an older motor home and the paint has oxidized. Is there anything that one can do to bring some life back into it?

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I can't say with 100% certainty that this would work, but I also own a boat that had some oxidized fiberglass, and I bought some Attwood Hull Cleaner that did a fantastic job of cleaning it up and restoring the shine. Like I said, I'm not sure if this would work on an RV, so if you try it, test it on a small patch first. But it's just a thought. If I'm not mistaken, boats and RV's share a lot of characteristics when it comes to the fiberglass and the finish.
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My RV had chalky fiberglass when I bought it. I used Barkeepers Friend and TSP to get rid of all chalk, sap, and other dirt. I then applied Zep High Traffic Floor Finish. Made it shine for over a year, an occasional wash and a new coat of Zep has kept it that way.
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My RV had chalky fiberglass when I bought it. I used Barkeepers Friend and TSP to get rid of all chalk, sap, and other dirt.

We just had our RV detailed after decal removal...
The detailer used Barkeepers Friend to clean the entire RV. It had an amazing effect on the finish of the gel coat.

They rinsed the whole RV, then finished with 4 layers of a hand applied liquid wax. The detailer kept the wax brand a secret

Best luck
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Scarab, what about the ghosts Left after decal removal? Did you put decals on again? Just asking...
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I used PolyGlow on mine and it did a great job. Prep is a lot of work, just follow instructions, but well worth it. Also unlike Zep, the PolyGlow has UV inhibitors.
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Scarab, what about the ghosts Left after decal removal? Did you put decals on again? Just asking...
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The areas that had no stickers was effected by exposure, but only slightly visible after the detailers work.

So, for now the RV is all white. We know where the ghosts are, but it is not obvious and almost invisible except in direct light.

And, the REAL difference is that the RV looks like it is new again.
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The areas that had no stickers was effected by exposure, but only slightly visible after the detailers work.

So, for now the RV is all white. We know where the ghosts are, but it is not obvious and almost invisible except in direct light.

And, the REAL difference is that the RV looks like it is new again.
I know a couple traveling in an Alpha who removed all the decals. They call it the nude Alfa, and it looks good that way.

RedRaider, that's the way to do it, it really made our 5er shine again.
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Maybe you might invest in some water colors. You can use fingers or brushes and have fun. It will simply disappear with a wash or rain.
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My RV had chalky fiberglass when I bought it. I used Barkeepers Friend and TSP to get rid of all chalk, sap, and other dirt. I then applied Zep High Traffic Floor Finish. Made it shine for over a year, an occasional wash and a new coat of Zep has kept it that way.
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We just had our RV detailed after decal removal...
The detailer used Barkeepers Friend to clean the entire RV. It had an amazing effect on the finish of the gel coat.

They rinsed the whole RV, then finished with 4 layers of a hand applied liquid wax. The detailer kept the wax brand a secret

Best luck

I see there are a few choices of the Barkeeoers Friend. Which one did you use? Thank you
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I see there are a few choices of the Barkeeoers Friend. Which one did you use? Thank you
The detailer used the standard powder "Cleanser and Polish".
https://www.barkeepersfriend.com/cleaning-products/

They put it on a moist wet soft sponge and scrubbed it like cleaning a kitchen counter.
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