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Old 10-22-2021, 04:35 PM   #1
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Restore exterior shine

Appreciate recommendations of products found useful to restore the shine to the sides of a coach. Mine is a 2019 Thor Class C purchased in Oct 2018 and has (I assume) fiberglass side walls. I have been using Meguirs as was recommended by a fellow RV'er as it worked well for him, but recently the sides have gotten very dull Thanks Jack
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I have used Finish Kare 2180 Ultra Polymer Sealant (link here) for several years on painted fiberglass and metal RVs and painted metal cars. Goes on like wax, but lasts much longer.
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Old 10-22-2021, 06:20 PM   #3
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We have used poli-glow for years and it leaves a great lasting shine.
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Old 10-22-2021, 06:57 PM   #4
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I'll second Poli-glow. Recently applied it to my class C. Before it had zero shine. It now looks new again.

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Old 10-22-2021, 07:14 PM   #5
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What I would do is polish the exterior. If you are up for the effort get a Griots Garage random orbital polisher. Then I would use a meguiar's polish followed up with their M27 hybrid wax.

The wax is amazing. It's self leveling and still beads after a year. I do hit certain spots with spray on sio2 wax, like the roof and sides where water runs down more than others.
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What I would do is polish the exterior. If you are up for the effort get a Griots Garage random orbital polisher. Then I would use a meguiar's polish followed up with their M27 hybrid wax.

The wax is amazing. It's self leveling and still beads after a year. I do hit certain spots with spray on sio2 wax, like the roof and sides where water runs down more than others.
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If it is dull it is because the gel coat and/ or paint is oxidized. You may even get some white chalk on a finger or dark co,ored rag rubbed over the dull surface.. Just applying a coating will improve the look but only temporarily and not nearly as much as if the underlying surface is shiney.
It will take some experimenting but best to use the least aggressive compound / polish that brings back the shine w a DA polisher in a reasonable time.
Lots of how to videos online if you are new to surface correction.
I like to use a very mild polish prior to recoating w wax or polymer (haven't tried ceramic coatings yet). It doesn't take nearly much time when done as a repeat vs the original surface correction. The benefit, in addition to keeping that nice shine is it really cleans the surface for the wax / polymer coating to do its job.

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What I would do is polish the exterior. If you are up for the effort get a Griots Garage random orbital polisher. Then I would use a meguiar's polish followed up with their M27 hybrid wax.

The wax is amazing. It's self leveling and still beads after a year. I do hit certain spots with spray on sio2 wax, like the roof and sides where water runs down more than others.


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I'm sure polishers work great for certain types of RVs. My before pic above is from three years of using a polisher and Maguire products. The results were never great. It's obvious that all RVs are not created equal. I use a polisher and Maguire products on all of my other vehicles and they all look great when I am done. The paint on the Thor Class C is just bad from the start. Mine lost most of its shine within the first two years. It took almost four years of trying different methods and products before discovering Poli-glow. Not really sure why I hadn't seen it before. It has been around for quite some time.

The kit is more than just a coating. You have to use Poli-prep beforehand to remove all stains and oxidation. Poli-Ox can be used to remove really tough oxidation. Those two products alone did more for my RV's appearance than anything I had previously tried. Scrub the entire surface. Rinse with water and let it dry. Then apply at least four coats of Poli-Glow. All you do is wipe the entire surface.
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You don't say which Meguires product that you have used however I will assume it is the Flagship polish.

Flagship does not contain any restorative properties. It is a pure sealant to protect whatever exists, which it does very well. It does not remove chalking, bugs or stains. The life of the finish varies with the climate.

I had over 25 years of saltwater inwater kept boats before I got into RVing. I have used many products over the years. Some good. Some trash. You generally get what you pay for. The common thread is that they all require about the same amount of effort.

My 5er is a late 2007 build. Can't say it looks like new but it looks very good considering the 1900 plus nights use & many tens of thousands of miles it has done.

Keeping it in this condition has taken work, though seven months a year indoor storage helps a great deal. The method is Meguires Flagship once a year on the sides, twice on the front cap. Every two years it gets 3M marine cleaner wax first to remove chalking then Flagship right behind for the high gloss & protection.

The Meguires cleaner wax has been tried. Not fussy about that product. It is not as aggressive as the 3M product.

Not an easy job. It takes the DW & I a couple of days to get around it twice even with the strong Makita polisher.
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I found this by accident about 25yrs ago. It is the fastest and easiest compound for gelcoat I have ever seen. It will take a chalky boat to shiny as new in 1 pass. Same for rv's.
Use a wool pad and a high speed buffer, it needs to bud some heat. I use a Kawasaki these days. 1 gallon is the only way I have been able to get it. That will do a 40' unit several times. I did my boat about once every 5 years and let everyone else on the dock use it in between.
You will have to wax afterwards, it is just a compound.
I would not try it on paint, if someone does, let me know if it was a good idea or not!
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3M makes marine all in one compound ,swirl remover and wax in different amount of grit. I haven't used it but gets great reviews. Proper speed is important with new compounds as they break down to less aggressive and polish after first cut. I used lots of 3M products never been disappointed and prices are fair for what you get . I did body work for several years still ues tapes, sealers and such at work now.
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