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Old 06-11-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Detailing: How do you get yours looking swirl-free

I was just curious, what are you guys using on your RVs? For those of you with white smooth-sided units with a fair amount of swirls, what do you use??

I'm normally the detailing guru (I title I was given), but that's mainly with cars. My white Damon has smooth sides and was a bit dull, so I hit it with Meguiar's fiberglass Marine polish w/buffer on lower speeds. Brought the shine up, but now there's tons of swirl marks when the sun hits it that just won't go away. This isn't acting like normal car paint.....so I'm open to ideas.
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I don't know what year your vehicle is, but if it is dull or fading, sounds like you could use RED MAX PRO. Just do a search on it, I guarantee, no swirl marks.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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Newmar specifically says not to use a buffer on it's Masterpiece finishes for that very reason. We don't have any buffer marks in ours, but that's because I've only done it by hand with Dry Wash N Guard. Still looks great after 10 years.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:37 PM   #4
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it's a 2001. And I now am finding out that buffers are a no-no....ugh!

the paint has lots of shine, very glossy. On an overcast day, it looks like a million, but in the direct sun, the swirls are an eyesore.

My 77 RV is all metal, so keeping it nice is a breeze, but this thing is way different.
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It's possible that the swirls are in the wax. In any event, the RED MAX PRO will show o swirls, and last longer than wax. Do a search, you will find out everything you need to know.
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no unfortunately, I think the swirls are in the finish itself, they are likely left from the buffer/compound. There is currently no wax, as I was using a polishing compound. And any residue has since been washed away.

I know that with traditional paint.....you start with an abrasive on low-speed, and work your way down with finer compounds until you've leveled out all of the scratches/swirls. Then you top with wax. But this finish doesn't seem to be the same. Is it a gel-coat???

It's a damon intruder.
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Most fiberglass RV's are gelcoat. Even if you have minor scratches in the surface the RED MAX PRO will fill them in.
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thanks for the advice. I have to look into this Red max Pro. I hear a lot about it....it must be a wonder wax.

here's a pic of what I'm starting with. It's pretty clean as-is
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I've always used NuFinish but have found a product made by Mothers. It's now in a liquid form and it's a Synthetic wax. Easy to apply and remove and no white residue to contend with. "Mothers SYN" is what it's called.
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Different method, same result

I have used a cleaner wax and low speed buffer for lightly oxidized finishes on all types of vehicles. I like this method because the chances of burning the paint or decals is very slim, as opposed to using a buffing wheel and compound (the faster, less painfull for the arms method). My MH is the first with a shinny waxed swirl look. The "painted portion" of the MH looks like the rest of the vehicles and boats I've done, as good or better than new. If you use this red max stuff and get rid of the swirls in the gelcoat, please post as I will also try.
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thanks for the advice. I have to look into this Red max Pro. I hear a lot about it....it must be a wonder wax.

here's a pic of what I'm starting with. It's pretty clean as-is
That is a great looking rig, it has obviously been well taken care of. I wish mine looked as good.
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Certain synthetic waxes say don't use on decals.
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JON- I been following your thread here and you might try Mequires "swirl remover" or even Mequires "Glazing Compound". I have used both many, many times on paint and gel coat with good success. Swirl remover does just that....removes swirls. The glazing compound fills in the surface voids. One or the other should work depending on how bad the service you are working on is damaged. They work better on painted surfaces than gel coat but I would give it a try. Start in one small area, out of the sun, following their directions. Do not leave on after you apply. Wipe it off when you complete a small area. Use only a Micro Fiber cloth when wiping off....no towels. Then follow this with Mequires Carnuaba wax (no. 26). If this does not produce desired results for you then move on to some of the other suggestions. Good luck
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My coach has the same fiberglass sides as yours. I used a 3M professional buffing compound for fiberglass after I removed all of the graphics and used a 7" buffer. I didn't have a problem with swirls. After I used Boat Wax and applied by hand. Last year I noticed a little oxidation so I reused the buffing compound (this time I had to mask off all of the new graphics first) and followed up with the boat wax. This year I had no oxidation so I just waxed it last summer and again this winter. It looks like new.
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