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Old 08-30-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Old Class C w/dull finish

I'm not sure where to ask this but we recently got the 1993 Ford Dutchman with fiberglass skin - sheets. The finish is very dull. What would be the best product to bring it back to some kind of shine? We both have arthritis so can't use something that has to be rubbed in and then rubbed off and buffed and buffed over and over to bring up a shine. Any products out there you know of and can recommend?
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Red Max Pro or its alternative, Zep, are the easiest to apply. But the work involved in the prep might be too difficult for you because of your arthritis. Do a search here or on the other RV website and you'll find the necessary steps. Perhaps you can sub out the really labor intensive prep work.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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I'm not sure where to ask this but we recently got the 1993 Ford Dutchman with fiberglass skin - sheets. The finish is very dull. What would be the best product to bring it back to some kind of shine? We both have arthritis so can't use something that has to be rubbed in and then rubbed off and buffed and buffed over and over to bring up a shine. Any products out there you know of and can recommend?
With your arthritis I would suggest contacting a local body shop or RV and boat repair place. They may be able to bring the shine back to a point where just have to do regular washes.
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You might talk to a local high school councilor or minister that knows of a HS student looking for spending money. Washing with TSP and Barkeeper's Friend is how to prepare for Red Max Pro #3 or Zep High Traffic floor finish. 4 coats of the acrylic finish can be wiped on with a microfiber cloth about as fast as you apply it, I.E., when you are finished on 3 sides, the 4th is ready for it's second coat. It would be a WHOLE lot cheaper than a detailing shop or a Marine store. As long as you're careful about runs and drips, the RMP #3 is about idiot proof.
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You might talk to a local high school councilor or minister that knows of a HS student looking for spending money. Washing with TSP and Barkeeper's Friend is how to prepare for Red Max Pro #3 or Zep High Traffic floor finish. 4 coats of the acrylic finish can be wiped on with a microfiber cloth about as fast as you apply it, I.E., when you are finished on 3 sides, the 4th is ready for it's second coat. It would be a WHOLE lot cheaper than a detailing shop or a Marine store. As long as you're careful about runs and drips, the RMP #3 is about idiot proof.
Good idea on the high schooler
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Thanks for all the advice. I was hoping there was a way to start holding down expenses and do it ourselves.
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Red Max Pro or the Zep is the way to go. Home Depot or Lowes. The surface has to be clean so what you have after cleaning is what will be sealed in the finish. If your cleaned to your satisfaction the shine will come with three coats Red Max Pro. or the Zep. It will last the whole season and with a fresh coat in the spring each year it will look new. A great luster with minimum work. You will be amazed, If you decide to do it take before and after pictures, you won't believe the results. I have used it and I get comments on it all the time. It looks like a new motor home. Good luck. Safe and trouble free travels.
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