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Old 02-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Just Purchased - 2000 Fleetwood - what kind of exterior finish

I just purchased a 2000 Fleetwood Southwind 36Z. The motor coach needs some TLC. I will be replacing the flooring in the spring and giving the exterior a good cleaning. I have been able to learn allot from reading the postings on various problems.

My question is about the exterior finish. Does anyone know if If I have a gel finish or painted. It looks to be a mix of both. I want to be sure I use the right cleaning products on the different surfaces. The exterior is dull and the graphics are faded and cracked some. I cleaned one of the storage doors with some rubbing compound and it turned my pad completely black, I finally got it looking nice and shiny again. So there seems to be hope.

Any help in determining what to do to clean up the exterior would be great.

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You have a gel coat finish. Part of that has been painted and of course there are the ever fading vinyl tape stripes. As I recall the full body paint wasn't common place on Fleetwood products for another 4 or 5 years. On my previous MH I used rubbing compound/cleaner on the gel coat and on the painted surfaces followed by a polish. Nothing I tried seemed to help the tape, which was later removed and the stripes were painted on.
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Welcome and could not have said it any better than POPTOP........wash it really good with some carwash product (WalMart) carries a full line. I would stay away from rubbing compound, JMHO. Gelcoat just don't have the gloss like a painted surface. If you can live with a little curling on the stripes, keep the cost down and just polish as best you can. Very expensive to start removing and painting. Megurie's makes a good cleaner and poilsh that I use on my Southwind. Good luck/Travel safe.
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Products to use

Any specific products to use. Can I use just any automotive rubbing compund or should I use a fiberglass specific like Meguiars #67. Can I use the same cleaner for the painted Fiberglass as I do the gelcoat(I think that is what they call the unpainted figerglass). I have not looked real close but are the storage doors fiberglass or metal.

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John, I would not use the automotive rubbing compounds on the gel coat and certainly Not on the painted surface. This is better left to the body paint specialist. However, their is a buffing polish, very fine solution, made by turtle wax or McQuires that will work with a lot of elbow grease. In our 03 Excursion, we removed the decals, a lot of work, some of the surface under the decals lifted necessitating body filler and sanding to even the surface. We then found a sign shop with a laser printer to duplicate the decals.. Had the sign shop professionally install the decals just like new. Your bay doors are most likely painted aluminum. Best of luck!
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