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#8878 - 06/06/12 07:46 PM Cleaning outside of an older RV
taadaa58 Offline
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I hope this is the correct area to post about this?

We finally got our first RV! dance
We've had our travel trailer for years & loved it,but always wanted a RV.
It's a 1990 Class A 30' Traveler. We're having fun working on it (a bit of a mess inside),but we don't know how to clean the white outside fiberglass siding. The research I've done has some debates about Presto,Poli-glow gelcoat rejuvenator and someone mentioned snake oil? I haven't researched the snake oil yet.

One thing almost everyone said was anything you use is only good for about 3 months. Is there anything to use that would last longer? Are the products mentioned the best ones to use?
We're hoping to take it out for the first time over the 4th of July holiday.It is adequate to use as it is right now,but we would like to make the outside as nice as the inside. Any advise is welcome!
Thank you!!

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#8879 - 06/06/12 08:43 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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If u don't mind a few hours of work and some elbow grease, I have the perfect solution. I'll post later tonite
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#8880 - 06/07/12 12:00 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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We don't mind at all,,we do 99% of all repairs,up keep ourselves inside & out.
Thank you..I look forward to your help.

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#8881 - 06/07/12 08:26 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Sorry for the delay. Having trouble posting from my phone. Working on it
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#8883 - 06/07/12 08:52 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Can't post a link from my phone. If someone can convert this, thank you.
The website is from another forum
www.Rv.net/forum/index.cdm/ruseaction/thread/tid/25818736.cfm

I researched this for a long time before I tried this stuff. I tied all the expensive restorers. Red max pro is also known as zep wet look. Lowes now carries both products. I have before and after pics on my computer at home. Wil post them Sunday.
This stuff does take time. And the prep work is very important. Good luck
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#8903 - 06/07/12 07:50 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: mikhen]
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That website is no longer there.It says to contact the web master.

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#8904 - 06/08/12 08:34 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Sorry about that. Can't so much from my phone. I'll find a good link.
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#8910 - 06/08/12 12:15 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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No problem,take your time.I appreciate your help.

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#8919 - 06/10/12 08:56 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Here's the step by step tutorial




Restoring the finish of an older RV using Red Max Pro: or ZEP


Materials:
-Red Max Pro (Step 3) Low Maintenance Floor Finish (available at Lowes)OR ZEP Wet Look(lowe' or home depot)
-Bar Keeper’s Friend (powdered)
-TSP (Trisodium Phosphate, powdered)
-3M scrubbies (white)
-Microfiber rags (white or laundered)
-Latex gloves






Preparing the surface is the most important part, since anything left on the surface will be sealed under the Red Max Pro acrylic coating. Start by washing your motorhome as you normally would, making sure to include the roof, rinsing well from the top down.

Now, you want to remove any and all stains, soiling, oxidation, and chalkiness from the surface of the motorhome. Dip a white 3M scrubbie into water and then sprinkle Bar Keeper’s Friend on it. Scrub the surface of the motorhome, rinsing the scrubbie and re-applying the BKF often. Do small areas at a time, rinsing well with water as you go. I used a “flow-thru” brush with a hose to rinse the BKF thoroughly as I went along.

The next step is to make sure that there is absolutely no remaining wax on the motorhome, since wax can cause the Red Max to peel. Mix up a bucket of TSP (1/2 cup) in water (2 gal), and wash the entire motorhome. You can use a carwash brush, a sponge, a pressure washer…anything you would normally use when you wash your RV. Rinse well, and let the motorhome dry completely. You should be left with a clean and smooth (although dull) surface. Congrats, the prep-work is now complete!

Now for the easy part. Pour some Red Max Pro (RMP) into a shallow container (a pie pan works well). Fold a microfiber rag to about hand-sized, dip into the RMP (trust me, use gloves!), and squeeze out the excess. How much/how wet? You want it more than damp, but less than dripping. Now simply wipe the surface of the motorhome with the wet rag. Don’t try to over-apply; just wet the surface (imagine wiping a layer of dust off with a wet rag). It really doesn’t matter whether you wipe horizontally, vertically, or in circles; RMP is very thin/watery and you are just trying to “moisten” the surface. Work your way all the way around the motorhome. RMP will dry quickly; before you’ve gone all the way around, it will be dry and you can immediately start on the next coat.

That first coat will likely look really bad; streaky, shiny in some places, dull in others…don’t panic. Each additional coat will even it out and start to build up a deep layer of shine. By coat 3, you will be grinning ear to ear. And coat 4 will be the icing on the cake. Not only will your RV shine like it hasn’t shined in years, it will be a deeper color as well. Even old, faded, cracked graphics will have a new lease on life! And all for around $30!

Things (I learned) to keep in mind:

-Don’t use colored microfiber rags unless they have been laundered, as the color may bleed.

-Be careful around window frames, locks, latches, etc., as the RMP is very watery and will have a tendency to gather at those spots and cause runs. Watch for runs and give them a quick wipe with the rag before they start to “set up”.

-Some older, deteriorated graphics may “bleed” color onto the rag. Watch for this and change or re-fold your rag so you don’t spread that color onto other parts of the MH. If this occurs, it should only happen with the first coat, as the RMP will then “seal” the graphics up. Subsequent coats will not have the problem.

-After each coat, go around and open/operate all hatches, locks, catches, etc. The acrylic (RMP) coating can sort of “glue” them closed. J

-You can also do the window frames and other painted metal areas; I did my entire Class C cab since it was very faded and dull. Came out fantastic, and my painted window frames look new, as well!

In closing:

For an older MH that has lost it’s shine/luster, this process is an easy, inexpensive way to restore it to a “Wow” finish. It’s much easier than any wax, polish, oxidation remover, or fiberglass restorer that I have ever used, and the results are not only much better, they are longer lasting as well. From what I have read, a single “touch-up” coat should be applied each year. With the ease of application, that single touch up coat should only take about 20 minutes.


Edited by mikhen (06/10/12 08:57 PM)
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#8930 - 06/12/12 07:18 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Hey there...were you able to post the before and after pictures? Would love to see it! How long a process in total?

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#8942 - 06/13/12 07:08 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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This isn't mine, but it is a great picture. I'll find mine and get them on.

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#8951 - 06/14/12 10:36 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Wow!!
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#8967 - 06/17/12 02:14 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: mikhen]
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Thank you!! I apologize for the delay in thanking you. My husband tore his rotary cuff last week medic His right one to boot,so I will be doing the cleaning of the RV's siding myself now.I don't mind, I just need a taller ladder now. I'll will be shopping for all the things needed to get started as soon as possible. spend

I have another question if you don't mind? help
When checking the striping the other day I noticed more was coming off then I originally thought.I want to replace it all.Removing the old & adding new is not an issue,but the residue it leaves behind is a rough film.Reminds me of low sand paper.How should that be correctly and safely removed? I'd rather not try to scrape it off so as not to damage the siding.Is there a special chemical or something to remove all that glue residue?

Thank you again for all your help!! wave

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#8968 - 06/17/12 02:17 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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I also meant to say that pic of the RV half done looks great!!! rockin

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#8969 - 06/17/12 06:14 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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I took the lettering off ours. A scraper on a slight angle took of most. For the residue, I used a product called goof off. Also available at Lowes or hd. Don't mistake that with goo gone. Goof off is much stronger. I still need to post pics of our Rv. Also, instead of a pan to dip a rag in, you can put the red max pro in a spray bottle. This speeds up the process.
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#8987 - 06/20/12 12:05 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: mikhen]
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Thank you again for all your advise and help,,it is greatly appreciated!

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#9030 - 06/26/12 11:42 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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Took a magic eraser to our awning this past weekend - it performed miracles
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#9032 - 06/27/12 06:57 AM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: DianeScraps]
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No pics because I've only gotten a portion of the drivers front corner done,but it looks real nice so far.Once it gets buffed & shined it will really look great!

I have yet to open the awning since we got it.I'm thinking I'm not ready to see that just yet. shock

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#14218 - 07/28/13 05:52 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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I wonder how this camper every came out ?
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#14220 - 07/28/13 05:54 PM Re: Cleaning outside of an older RV [Re: taadaa58]
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I still swear by this stuff. Only problem is, it doesn't do much for decals. i have a good shine on mine after a few years, but the decals are shot.
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