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Old 10-19-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Dull, flat fiberglass

My motorhome is really starting to show its age since it is stored outside in the weather. Not much I can do with the fading and peeling decals, but I would like to do something with the fiberglass/gelcoat that is turning chalky and flat, with no shine to it. I've tried waxing but it seems to lose its luster quickly.

I came across two products that I am wondering if it would help, just not sure about what can be used on fiberglass. Anyone here tried either Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound or Turtle Wax Polishing Compound? Both products are for painted surfaces, but would like to know the results on fiberglass motorhomes if anyone has used them.

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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Do a search for poli-glow on the IRV2 forums. Most people have had good results, including myself.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Take a look at this

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f65/red-m...ion-93958.html

I used Red max pro on my old 91 its a bit of work but you will be shocked by the results!
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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3M products

I had good luck with 3M marine wax/cleaner then finished up with 3M scotchguard wax about 30 dollars each at the local boat shop made my 05 Itasca look new again.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:39 AM   #5
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I'll second the RED MAX Pro application. Wash with Dawn dish soap, use Bar Keepers Friend and a 3m scrubbie for black streaks, rinse thoroughly and apply 4 coats of RMP#3 (easiest part) and you're done for a couple years.

Here's a before/after of my 94 Adventurer

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Old 10-20-2011, 10:36 AM   #6
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I third the use of Red Max Pro #3.

I have used both Polyglow and Red Max Pro #3. I used polyglow on my boat 5 years ago and I used RMP #3 on my MH this summer. They go on about the same but RMP #3 costs a lot less. A quart of Polyglow costs about $60.00 (but the kit contains applicators and fiberglass cleaner) and RMP #3 costs about $17.00 for a gallon (Buy your own cleaner and applicator).

Here is a link to a very long thread about RMP #3 (sold at Lowes) and the same product by the same manufacturer sold at Home Depot under the name Zep Wet Gloss Finish.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Shiny RV with Red Max Pro (pics)

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Old 10-20-2011, 12:02 PM   #7
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Here's a before/after of my 94 Adventurer
WOW !!
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:20 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the replies and the referral of Red Max Pro #3. I've never heard of this product but might be just what I'm looking for. I'd like a full-body paint but at $12-15k that's not likely to happen, so I'd like to at least make the motorhome look better than it does.

I have a Home Depot nearby, so will check out Zep Wet Gloss Finish.

Romer1 - do you happen to have a few more photos you could post? I like what I see in the 'after' portion of your motorhome.

Thank you. -RT
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Many folks have tried Red Max Pro. I used Mop & Glow and have good success so far. I just applied it to the end caps of my mh and am anxious to see how it weathers.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:38 PM   #10
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So I guess I should ask someone who has applied one of these products what the durability of the finish once it's been applied. Does it start peeling off in the future? Can you re-apply another coat, or does it all have to come off before starting over?

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So I guess I should ask someone who has applied one of these products what the durability of the finish once it's been applied. Does it start peeling off in the future? Can you re-apply another coat, or does it all have to come off before starting over?

Thank you. -RT
You can find answers to all of your questions plus pictures for rigs before and after here.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Shiny RV with Red Max Pro (pics)


Info at the above link will tell you how to apply RMP #3. It takes about 4 coats to start looking good. I put 5 on my RV. A new coat yearly should keep your rig looking great. The link also contains instruction on how to remove the powder build up on older fiberglass and how to remove stains. RMP 3# apparently does wonders for old faded decals.

I used Polyglow on my boat 5 years ago. I didn't put on a yearly coat as directed. The sides of my boat still look great but the top of my boat is starting to show areas where the Polyglow has worn through. Next season I will recoat the top and sides. On the sides I can just put new coats over the existing. I don't know if I will have to remove the old coats remaining on the top or if I can get away with putting a new coat over what is already there.

Here is a picture of my 1973 boat taken last year.

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/...IMG_0861-1.jpg

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:43 PM   #12
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To answer the original question.. Rubbing compound is more aggressive than Polish.. Compound is used to remove, like in scratches.. Polish, well, polishes..


That said, if you use one of the Acrylics above, it'll prolly look tons better with less work. Just clean, clean, clean really well first.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:04 PM   #13
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I wonder if you would get better fuel mileage with the smoother, slicker surface that has less drag.
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You want some turbulence to keep the boundary layer attached...
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