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garyb1st

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Maintaining motorhome finish
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:48:14 PM »
Our motorhome has full body paint.  It's 12 years old and still looks like new.  Well almost.  In any event, it's going to be sitting in the hot So Cal sun  at least 6 to 7 months a year.  I don't want to cover it unless there's a light weight cover that doesn't require my getting on the roof.  Since I'm pretty sure that doesn't exist, I'm thinking the old fashioned hand wax method will be necessary.  Not sure I'll attempt it myself, but if I do, am interested in what everyone is doing, type of wax, pre-cleaning, trim pieces and glass.  If you have it done professionally, what is a reasonable charge.   
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2017, 07:04:36 PM »
Gary, check the article in our forum library on Maintaining the new look of your RV. Having waxed fiberglass boats for many years, there's no such need for painted surfaces.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2017, 07:37:34 PM »
Tom, thanks for the link.  Not sure I understand your comment "no such need for painted surfaces". 
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2017, 07:42:29 PM »
Gary, I was just trying to say that painted surfaces don't need a heavy paste wax and lots of elbow grease. FWIW it takes me 21 days to wax our boat, and takes a pro group of detailers 18 equivalent man days.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2017, 08:12:12 PM »
21 days waxing a boat?  I've heard of a labor of love, but Tom, that's a love of labor.  And that must be one large boat.  If fact I think Yacht is likely a more fitting description.   ;)
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 09:00:56 PM »
21 days waxing a boat?  I've heard of a labor of love, but Tom, that's a love of labor.  And that must be one large boat.  If fact I think Yacht is likely a more fitting description.   ;)
I've got about that much time in cleaning up my coach. One thing I learned the hard way, DON'T use the green Turtle wax. It leaves a green film on the surface, even with multiple washings with Dawn liquid it's still there. I used Meguires 44 with a buffer on everything that was heavily oxidized. Where the buffer didn't fit I did by hand. Going to use Turtle wax ICE on it when I get done, that's what I use on my Corvette and like it a lot. May try Meguires wax on one side to see which one lasts longer. 
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2017, 08:52:18 AM »
The painted finish on your RV is standard automotive paint. Do you take special precautions with that as well?

If "old fashioned hand wax method" means applying a carnuba-type paste wax and buffing, I would say "totally unnecessary". Just use a good quality modern synthetic vehicle or marine wax and relax.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 05:47:08 PM »
There's an echo in here  ;)
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 06:21:23 PM »
OK, I'm going with the typical auto wax.  The kind that requires minimal effort.   Thanks for the replies. 
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2017, 06:55:24 PM »
Gary,

Go to Q this winter and after Q come up to Lake Havasu.

You can use my RV garage with a rolling scaffolding to wax it all over easily.  Well if not easily at least you can reach everywhere.

Of course you might not want to do all that work.  Maybe Maria would do it for you...LOL
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2017, 06:57:20 PM »
FWIW we apply it (liquid wax) once a year (or less frequent). In between, we use a car wash that has a wax included, e.g. Turtle Wax/Zip Wax that does a great job.
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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2017, 07:14:04 PM »
I use Turtle Wax ICE on all my vehicles.  It comes in three formulations.  A spray, liquid, and a paste.  I use the spray for items I Wax more often, like the front & rear of vehicles.  I use the liquid (in my own spray bottle) to lay down a yearly coat.  Never have used the paste, seems like too much work.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2017, 07:17:22 PM »
I will even donate the wax and detail supplies.

I have unfortunately found that it is much harder to find people willing to work here like you can find at most any Home Depot in California.

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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2017, 11:44:01 PM »
WOW,  now that's what ya call a detail cart ! I did see in one of your photos a rolling scaffold, I'm buying one tomorrow. I've been working from a ladder and it's killing me. Don't know why I didn't think of that before.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2017, 11:45:57 PM »
Harbor Freight had them on sale recently...might still be on sale.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2017, 12:14:05 AM »
Harbor Freight had them on sale recently...might still be on sale.
That's where I'm headed in the morning. $149.00 with the coupon. Wish I would have thought about it long before now. I've got 3 days in just the back cap so far. With that scaffold it will be much easier.  Then I still have to wax the sides yet. This coach hasn't been detailed for many a year, but it's coming around.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2017, 09:05:30 AM »
I can't imagine spending 3 days waxing the rear cap!   I always did my own coaches and trailers, with nothing more than an aluminum step ladder, some microfiber cloths and a product such as Protectall, Gel Gloss, or similar synthetic. Basically a spray or wipe on, then wipe off process. Took me maybe an hour to do the cap and around 10-12 hours to do a 40 foot coach. Repeatedly climbing up/down a ladder is the worst (most tiring) part of the job, though.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2017, 11:14:10 AM »
I will even donate the wax and detail supplies.

I have unfortunately found that it is much harder to find people willing to work here like you can find at most any Home Depot in California.

Bill, looks like you have everything we'll need.  I wouldn't trust those Home Depot guys with the Pace Arrow or your Inspire.  However I hate to see your garage and all those wonderful resources go to waste.  What if I just drop off the Pace Arrow, at your convenience of course, and you can give me a few lessons on the finer points of detailing a motorhome.  I'll watch and take notes.  I assume you have a recliner or two in the garage.  That way we can kill too birds with one stone.  The Pace Arrow get's waxed and you continue to hone your skills.  We can discuss the details at Q.   ;)
 

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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2017, 11:51:20 AM »
I use 303 on the roof and Mequiar's NXT Tech Wax 2.0 on the rest works great on 12 year old coach  :)
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2017, 01:13:03 PM »
Bill, looks like you have everything we'll need.  I wouldn't trust those Home Depot guys with the Pace Arrow or your Inspire.  However I hate to see your garage and all those wonderful resources go to waste.  What if I just drop off the Pace Arrow, at your convenience of course, and you can give me a few lessons on the finer points of detailing a motorhome.  I'll watch and take notes.  I assume you have a recliner or two in the garage.  That way we can kill too birds with one stone.  The Pace Arrow get's waxed and you continue to hone your skills.  We can discuss the details at Q.   ;)

Why did I not see that coming.  Maybe we could get Renae and Maria to detail it....Nah, never happen.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2017, 06:54:22 PM »
I can't imagine spending 3 days waxing the rear cap!   I always did my own coaches and trailers, with nothing more than an aluminum step ladder, some microfiber cloths and a product such as Protectall, Gel Gloss, or similar synthetic. Basically a spray or wipe on, then wipe off process. Took me maybe an hour to do the cap and around 10-12 hours to do a 40 foot coach. Repeatedly climbing up/down a ladder is the worst (most tiring) part of the job, though.
I never stated I was waxing, I stated I was cleaning, deoxidizing the rear cap. There is a BIG difference in just waxing a coach and cleaning and deoxidizing one. Apparently Gary you have NEVER done one. Big difference between gelcoat  and full body paint. Try running a 2 handed buffer off of a ladder.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2017, 03:56:34 PM »
Well went to HF and they didn't have the scaffold in stock, so I got on craigslist. Found one with safety rails for $50.00, what a score. Sure made working a whole bunch easier. All done except the basement doors on the drivers side. Have to say I used Rejex on the end caps then used Turtle wax ICE on the front side of the cap, the Turtle wax ICE produces a much better shine. Will see which one last the longest. 
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2017, 11:49:11 PM »
Huey!  I'm in got any time/space Jan 2018????
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2017, 11:51:00 PM »
Charlie
Let us know what one was best, and easiest.
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2017, 12:21:02 AM »
Wayne,  It looks like in the past you have driven down from Canada before The Rally at Quartzsite.

How about you come to Lake Havasu on your way to Q to detail your RV and then Gary can come and do his coach after the Rally.

You can stay in the RV garage with full hookups while you are here and I can park my RV in the driveway.

Think about it.

Bill
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2017, 01:43:02 PM »
 :) Huey
Thanks for the offer.  Just starting to plan the trip, will let you know when approx we should be in the area.

Cheers!
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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2017, 07:10:27 AM »
Very cool guys. Love all the help being offered. This RV thing seems very cool.  In case you didn't know I pick up my first RV ever on Wednesday. 45 yr old newbie. Detailing one sounds like a helluva job

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Re: Maintaining motorhome finish
« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2017, 10:13:36 AM »
Very cool guys. Love all the help being offered. This RV thing seems very cool.  In case you didn't know I pick up my first RV ever on Wednesday. 45 yr old newbie. Detailing one sounds like a helluva job
It can be if the PO didn't or couldn't take care of it. Mine hadn't seen a wax job in many years. It was a lot of work but it is looking real good now and I'll keep it that way. If I get so bad I can't do it, I'll hire it done.
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