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Old 03-15-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Vivilon- anybody used it?

Got a brother-in-law recommendation for this stuff Vivilon Restores Faded Paint, Metal, Vinyl or Fiberglass
to restore the gloss on our oxidized '89 Southwind gelcoat. I wondered if anyone had real world experience?

Its not cheap, but if it works as claimed it seems worth it.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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Did you try the vivilon?
Did it work?
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:25 AM   #4
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Got a better recommendation: Red Max Pro 3 Floor Finish, about $15 a gallon at Lowe's. See this thread: Check this out NOT Poliglow...Time will tell.. - Fiberglass RV

I'm waiting until after I repaint the stripes (in a week or 2) to use the Red Max. I'll post before and after shots.
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Ooooh....how are to painting your stripes?
Doing it yourself?
I've heard that there is a rustoleam product that you can mix 50/50 with mineral spirits and roll it on.

I'd be very interested to see your pictures and hear your plan.
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RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Shiny RV with Red Max Pro (pics)

Check this thread out regarding Red Max Pro. Scroll down and check out the pics of my Jamboree. All I can say is that I'm a believer.
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Wow! The Jamboree is looking spiffy!
So did you just put the Red Max on with a microfiber towel?

I bought all this Meguires anti-oxident fiberglass restoration kit.
It seems like your approach is better and cheaper!
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wow my bad meguires doesnt hold up i was on the coast 2 weeks man it was gone before i heard about this i did bartenders best friend then mop and glow i was pleased but now i now ps i used a old sock
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My 84 pace arrow has a real dull finish and in some places the top of the ridges has fibers showing. Do I need to repair the exposed fibers (if possible) before trying this?
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Wow! The Jamboree is looking spiffy!
So did you just put the Red Max on with a microfiber towel?

I bought all this Meguires anti-oxident fiberglass restoration kit.
It seems like your approach is better and cheaper!
I tried every wax, polish, oxidation remover, gel-coat restorer known to mankind over the years. Never accomplished anything other than a sore back and so-so results that lasted a month at best. It was in really bad shape, so the prep was alot of work, but the actual Red Max apllication was ridiculously easy.

The prep involved scrubbing every inch with Bar Keeper's Friend and a white 3M scrubbie, then washing the MH with TSP. All told, about 8 hours work.

The next day I used microfiber rag to apply the Red Max Pro. Think of wiping a layer of dust off with a damp rag; that's what it is like. Hardest part was going up & down the ladder to reach the high spots. By the time I went around the MH, it was dry and ready for another coat. 4 coats only took about 2 1/2 hours, and about 3/4 of the gallon of RM. I still have plenty for a touch up coat or two next year!
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Yippee -- Can't wait to try it.

Now I just have to wait for a non-rainy day....
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My 84 pace arrow has a real dull finish and in some places the top of the ridges has fibers showing. Do I need to repair the exposed fibers (if possible) before trying this?
Nope, had same thing on my Adventurer, see my pics in the RV.NET link above.
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In the process of cleaning up our Bounders 24 year old faded/mat gel coat. Have tried a few different things too with varying success.

This whole redmax stuff sounds & looks amazing!

Have used with great results a 3M product "Color Restorer" for fiberglass, really has done a good job although more elbow grease than the redmax.

Need to get some more to finish off as bottle ran out ! Will try and get some pics up, also used an automotive "quick detailer" wax & protectant spray over the top of the 3M pretty shiny!
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I, too, tried a number of different products. Some gave a shine, some didn't; All took alot of work, none lasted more than a month.

Red Max Pro was extremely easy, and produced results that are at least 10x better than anything I had previously tried. I can also tell, just by looking close, that it will last. And all of the online research seems to agree.
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