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Old 06-22-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Six and a half FULL days. Whew...

...glad that's done. Started at home (Phoenix) before the extreme heat set in. Now, took advantage of some beautiful weather here in Central Oregon. And I am sore in places I never knew existed in the human body!

1.) Wash and dry Rv (Phx) Day 1
2.) Clay bar entire coach...including the tops of the end caps. (started in Phx, completed in Oregon after a dry bath to remove travel dirt/bugs) Day 2&3 (after travel days)
3.) Wash and dry coach after claying. Day 4
4.) Ultimate compound applying with DA polisher setting 5. Remove by hand. Day 4&5
5.) Polished using DA, setting 4. Remove by hand. Day 5&6
6.) Sealed paint using DA setting 3. Remove by hand. Day 6&6.5

Day 7 to eternity....rest.

Some reflections...
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My coach is outside waiting for you!

You could probably do it in half the time since you've had all that practice!
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:51 PM   #3
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....."took advantage of some beautiful weather here in Central Oregon"

by wasting 6 of those beautiful days washing/waxing/sealing MH


That is NOT what RV trips are for
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:47 PM   #4
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Nah Old Biscuit....not wasted at all (although I see your point). It was either complete it here or wait for a year to get 'er done! Sometimes ya just gotta pick and choose. We're here long enough this year that there is AMPLE time to fish and fish and fish (with a few beers and margaritas thrown in from time to time for good measure).
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By the looks of that SHINE, I'd say you 'done good'!
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Looks like you did a real nice job. Do you make house calls??
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Well done!

I've pontificated at length on various threads about exterior detailing, and in short, there is no easy way to have (and keep) a great finish. Nice to see someone else as nuts as I am! .

It took me about 25 hours for just the polish and wax when I did my first exterior detail on our 31SA across a 2 day, then a 3 day session that were about 2 months apart. Each preceded by a wash that takes me about 5 hours, and the roof which was its own 3 hour scrub down...... Didn't clay bar though.....



Just one question, and it's really more semantics. You note that you compounded, then polished. I assume you used a more aggressive polish (compound) followed by a fine cut finishing polish?

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Well done!

Just one question, and it's really more semantics. You note that you compounded, then polished. I assume you used a more aggressive polish (compound) followed by a fine cut finishing polish?

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Betr2,

Apologies for the late reply.

Actually, I used Meguiars "mild" correction compound mainly to remove the fine swirls left behind from claying (and some already there). These swirls were more prominent in the darker colors (red/black). Being a newer coach, there wasn't a whole lot of paint damage done by careless washing and detailing so the overall effort to "compound" was minimal for the most part. There is just a whole lot of real estate to clean/detail on these beasts as you well know.
As for the polish, I used Meguiars M205 that really brought out the depth. The key here in this process is MINIMAL product and work it to where it becomes translucent. Small sections at a time...like a 3X3 area and wipe off immediately.
Lastly, I followed all of this by Meguiars M21 Synthetic Sealant. As noted, I would have NEVER attempted this feat without a DA of some sort. All product was DA applied, but removed by hand, although I could have removed it by DA with a clean pad. I just prefer doing it this way.

Hope it answers your questions. (and thanks for all the compliments)

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I hate to ask but what is claying and what is DA - thanks
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I hate to ask but what is claying and what is DA - thanks
Big Dude,
Claying is exactly that. You literally use a detailing clay bar (seen HERE). It removes impurities or contaminants on the surface of your paint. There are typically 2 types of clay..Mild (blue or white generally) and aggressive (red). Unless your paint is really bad (real rough to the touch), mild will most likely be sufficient.

"DA" is a DUAL ACTION polisher (seen HERE). It is great in minimizing "paint burn" around sharp edges, thin paint etc. Well worth the $$ in time savings and manual efforts.

Hope it helps.

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...glad that's done. Started at home (Phoenix) before the extreme heat set in. Now, took advantage of some beautiful weather here in Central Oregon. And I am sore in places I never knew existed in the human body!

1.) Wash and dry Rv (Phx) Day 1
2.) Clay bar entire coach...including the tops of the end caps. (started in Phx, completed in Oregon after a dry bath to remove travel dirt/bugs) Day 2&3 (after travel days)
3.) Wash and dry coach after claying. Day 4
4.) Ultimate compound applying with DA polisher setting 5. Remove by hand. Day 4&5
5.) Polished using DA, setting 4. Remove by hand. Day 5&6
6.) Sealed paint using DA setting 3. Remove by hand. Day 6&6.5

Day 7 to eternity....rest.

Some reflections...
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Well done!

I've pontificated at length on various threads about exterior detailing, and in short, there is no easy way to have (and keep) a great finish. Nice to see someone else as nuts as I am! .

It took me about 25 hours for just the polish and wax when I did my first exterior detail on our 31SA across a 2 day, then a 3 day session that were about 2 months apart. Each preceded by a wash that takes me about 5 hours, and the roof which was its own 3 hour scrub down...... Didn't clay bar though.....

Just one question, and it's really more semantics. You note that you compounded, then polished. I assume you used a more aggressive polish (compound) followed by a fine cut finishing polish?

Regards.
WHEW! Y'all are wearing me out! I wonder if I have enough quarters saved up to hire somebody to do all this for me???
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