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Old 12-29-2007, 05:52 AM   #1
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Hi All, I hope your Christmas was a memorable one, Happy New Year! I have a question for you. The paint on my 1989 Elandon is faded. I've tried a couple automotive products to restore the finish without much luck. The body is fiberglass. Are there any products that you have tried that work as advertised? I was thinking about trying a marine type fiberglass restorer but I am looking for something that works as I already put a few $$$ and allot of elbow grease in products that haven't done much. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:52 AM   #2
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Hi All, I hope your Christmas was a memorable one, Happy New Year! I have a question for you. The paint on my 1989 Elandon is faded. I've tried a couple automotive products to restore the finish without much luck. The body is fiberglass. Are there any products that you have tried that work as advertised? I was thinking about trying a marine type fiberglass restorer but I am looking for something that works as I already put a few $$$ and allot of elbow grease in products that haven't done much. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:22 AM   #3
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Repaint it, the only way to go-- don't waste your time and effort on polishing,etc. The paint color pigment is gone.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:28 AM   #4
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I have had success by just clear coating the present, time worn, paint/color. As long as the colors are good, relatively scratch and ding free. I have used Imron clear coat (made by Dupont) and it made old paint look like new.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:56 AM   #5
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First, are you sure you have paint or gelcoat? Paint on an '89 would be unusual. I have used Presto gelcoat restorer on my 2000 gelcoat which is fading. I have read about using fine sandpaper to remove the oxide layer and then you would have fresh gelcoat exposed.
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:47 AM   #6
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You can paint fiberglass gel coat with enamel and a flex agent mixed with the paint.
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I think you are correct in that it is a gel coat rather than a regular automotive finish. What I've done was to first apply a rubbing compound, then a coat of wax. There was a definte improvement but still not much luster.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mpost:
I think you are correct in that it is a gel coat rather than a regular automotive finish. What I've done was to first apply a rubbing compound, then a coat of wax. There was a definte improvement but still not much luster. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I had very good results with PolyGlow. You do have to scrub off the oxidation with PolyPrep first but the results are very dramatic. It is mainly for restoring boats but works very well on fiberglass motor homes.
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Thanks NeilV, I have heard about the PolyGlow but not from anyone who has actually tried it.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:56 AM   #10
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Try a couple of cups of liquid floor wax in a bucket of water.

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I would have to agree with Max. Paint or fiberglass restoration on a vehicle that does not have excessive aesthetic damage can certainly be restored with a quality clear coat. To restore, refinish or rejuvenate faded , chalky, oxidized or sun weathered paint, fiberglass, filon, metal, or vinyl decals there is nothing better than a prmo clear coat. One I have used for several years on RV's, boats, trailers and even my home is VIVILON clear coat. It's been in use for 29 years and even passed a US Air Force test. As the company says in its FAQ section, any quality automotive clear, like IMRON, will restre the color, luster and shine to the surface and protect it from damage by UV radiation, acid rain, bug splatters or bird dropping but Vivilon is just so darned easy to use it makes the process a snap. No mixing and no spacesuits :-)

Check it out, along with the others I mentioned. It's a better way to look at the problem, as Max will agree I'm sure.
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The linkto the FAQ page is here.

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Old 01-21-2008, 06:53 AM   #13
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If my rememberer is correct I believe that Motorhome Magazine had an article on just this subject in the October or November issue.
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