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Old 11-25-2005, 07:29 AM   #15
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I use the Porter-Cable random orbit polisher/buffer. I use the hook and loop foam pads so it's easy to change. I also use Meguiars #7 polish and follow up with their Carnuba wax. The wax comes in paste or liquid. When doing it by hand I prefer paste but the buffer works best with liquid. I find that it's easy to use this setup with one hand when on a step ladder. I wash the coach and let it dry. If I'm going to polish it right away I don't worry about water spots unless I'm using really hard water. The variable speed of the buffer lets me balance between some really high performance polishing (which I never need) and some nice easy low speed stuff for low-sling wax application. The foam pads are somewhat concave so they retain the compound or wax without slinging it all over the place. They are also washable. It's best to have separate pads for separate colors but I find that silver and black work just fine together. If I had a major section of blue, or some other color, on my Bus I'd use two pads. I keep them in zip-lock bags when done and they don't dry out. I'll generally work an area maybe 2' x 3' at a time. I'll apply the polish with the machine and work it in, then move on to the next area. You want the polish to dry but not get too dry so that it gets hard and cakey so I work either 1/2 or the full side of the coach. It all depends upon how cool or hot it is outside. NEVER do this in direct hot sunlight. Then I go back and wipe the stuff off with a clean terry towel or microfiber cloth. Don't try to get every little streak done - it's not possible. There are always spots that are still wet and will smear so just let them. Just move on and leave them. Later on, when you are done, go back and pick these up with a fresh terry towel. Now that you have the shine, it's time to go back and seal it up with wax. You pretty much repeat the process except change pads and towels, reduce the speed of the polisher, and do smaller areas because the wax cakes faster than the polisher. Even the best carnuba waxes won't last forever so plan on repeating the waxing process every 6 months. You don't have to polish it all the time though unless you let the wax go too long. The wax should protect the surface from oxidizing.

The results are like in the following image. You can pretty much see the other side of the canyon as it's mirrored in the Bus. Then again, there's lots of silver on my coach so that's going to show up more than a darker color would.




I bought my polisher off the web and I don't remember where off hand. But, I bought the hook and loop pads and driver plate from Autopia Car Care and they have a great web site. While these guys now handle the Porter-Cable unit, they are not just resellers of car care products, they really get into the car care end of it. Dave Bynon knows his stuff and you can find detailed instructions on how to get the perfect shine right on the website. It's a great source of information, regardless of where you buy your products. I'd highly recommend checking it out.

Remember a clean, shiny coach is a happy coach.
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:14 AM   #16
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Great write-up Mark...
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You guys are making me tired just reading about waxing with a buffer. I sure am glad we found No Wet and I don't have to work so hard to no only have a 6 yr old new looking coach but the UV protection too! The only thing better is that I came home one day and the wife had polished the motorhome for me! Now THAT was easy!
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rv wiz,

it sounds like you got a great partner there, nothing like good team work.

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Mike:

Altought I initiated the polisher question, I am pondering trashing the polisher idea and just use one of the 'quick-and-easy' polishes. I did try Dri Wash 'n Guard and was moderately impressed. I've used Duragloss Fast Clean and Shine on my boat and now have some of the BOM (Best Overall Method). All of these products are easy to use and leave a slick finish but I am not sure they provide much UV protection.

I guess No Wet is the only product I've not tried. I guess if you don't let your coach get dull, any of them will keep it looking good.
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smlrang, true about not letting them get oxidized. Once that happens you have to use rubbing compound and grind it off. If you have used Dri Wash n Guard you will love No Wet. It is similar only a better formula; easier to use and better shine. Be sure to polish with a high quality micro fiber cloth and you will be amazed as to the results. Good luck and enjoy!
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I tried the products from HERE (follow the cleaning links)
My MH was oxidized pretty bad and you can see how good it has worked. Unfortunately that is all I have done so far due to family illnesses. The pic was taken in Aug and MH looks the same now. It has held up well.
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i use the 11 inch sears orbital buffer. since i only do it once a year the gelcoat is always oxidized so i use the camping world gel-gloss. it removes the oxidation and leaves a thin coat of carnuba wax. we bought the little giant ladder system so i have a 9 foot trestle between 2 ladders. i do a 9x9 ft section each time i climb the ladder. dw changes the terry cloth bonnets for me. getting up and down the ladder is the hardest part. the buffer is easy to hold against the verticle walls and it does the hard rubbing for me. at 71 years old and 250 lbs i look for every easy way to do things!!
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Have used buffer on car, did not like swirl marks it left. I now use protect-all cleaner wax takes about 2 hours and looks great on full paint, also use on all cars and trucks. Works good on all.
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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 Blaster:
Have used buffer on car, did not like swirl marks it left. ..... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's the problem with rotary buffers. They can leave swirl marks. Even the best of the pros occaisionally run into this. The advantage of the Porter-Cable type of buffer/polisher is that it is a random orbit machine. The pad spins, so it's faster than a foam type orbital polisher, but it also revolves in an orbit so that it doesn't track in the same place twice. This eliminates swirl marks while still giving good performance over a non-rotating pad.
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The Porter Cable 7336 Variable-Speed Random-Orbit Car Buffer / Polisher is the perfect buffing, polishing and detailing machine for the car care perfectionist. This is the detailing machine that made hand polishing obsolete! The random-orbit, polishing action of the Porter-Cable 7336 will give you swirl-free results without burning your paint or removing excessive amounts of clearcoat. The Porter Cable 7336 Variable-Speed Random-Orbit Car Buffer / Polisher is the best machine polisher on the market today!

The Porter-Cable Variable-Speed Random-Orbit Car Buffer / Polisher is the perfect car buffer to give you swirl-free results much faster than you can achieve by hand. With the Porter Cable 7336 Variable-Speed Random-Orbit Car Buffer / Polisher anyone can produce an outstanding finish on their car! Electronic variable speed control adjust from 2,500 to 6,000 orbits per minute. Handles screws into either side. Comes with one disposable foam pad. Additional foam pads and accessories sold seperately.

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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 RV Wizard:
You guys are making me tired just reading about waxing with a buffer. I sure am glad we found No Wet and I don't have to work so hard to no only have a 6 yr old new looking coach but the UV protection too! The only thing better is that I came home one day and the wife had polished the motorhome for me! Now THAT was easy! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Where should I lookfor No Wet? I have not seen this stuff in any store I have been in.

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