How To Make Your RV Shine
How To Make Your RV Shine
I just bought a 1995 Leisure Travel Van Widebody. I really like the van, but the fiberglass needs a good cleaning, and I would like to be able to make it shine like the paint on the rest of the body. Any suggestions would help. Products tools etc.Wash RV:
ANSWER: Hi Gordon, getting your RV to shine like it was when it was new is basically a 4 stage process and will involve some time and elbow grease on your part.
I have listed the steps below. Please keep in mind that the products I talk about below are for Fiberglass/Gel Coat RVs, but these same procedures will work on Non-Fibeglass RVs, you just have to substitute the oxidation remover, polish and wax for products that are designed for your RV's exterior.
For this part you will need your favorite RV Wash
or mild detergent, Bucket, telescoping wash brush
, tire/wheel brush and hand wash mitt.
Start your wash job on top of the RV roof and work your way down to the tires. Make sure that you rinse the RV frequently to prevent streaking. Some stubborn dirt may require that you use the wash brush or mitt more vigorously. Let the RV dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.Note:
The next three steps can be completed by hand but I highly recommend that you invest in an electric orbital buffer
. You will also need a step ladder tall enough to reach the highest part of your RV.Meguiar's Marine & RV Fiberglass Restoration System
If you are looking for a product that contains the Fiberglas Oxidation Remover, Fiberglass Polish and Fiberglass Wax that will be needed for the next 3 steps I would recommend that you purchase the highly rated (by its users) Meguiar's Marine & RV Fiberglass Restoration System
. Remove Oxidation:
This step can be skipped if you do not have any badly oxidized areas of Fiberglass on your Motorhome. You will need to follow the directions on the Fiberglass Oxidizer Remover
that you are using, You will also need to use the proper buffers on the electric buffer.
You should only use the Oxidizer remover on Fiberglass/Gelcoat areas. You should never use it on decals as it can ruin them.Polish RV:
In this step you will need some good Fiberglass Polish
and all of the other materials required are the same as the step above.
In this step, you will be polishing all of the fiberglass areas on the RV exterior. It is important to carefully follow all of the instructions on the fiberglass polish you are using and stay away from the RV's non-fiberglass areas.Wax RV:
This final step is going to give you the shiny RV you are looking for, so it is important to take your time and do it right. Again follow all of the directions on the Fiberglass/Gelcoat Wax
you are using.
OK, I know that this process seems rather long and labor-intensive. This is the tried and true method that I know works if done correctly. After you have completed all of these steps, you should plan on re-waxing your RV every 5-6 months to keep that shine.
I know that there are products out there that claim to do all of the above in one easy step, but thus far, I have not found one that works. Our visitors should feel free to leave a comment to let you know what has worked for them.
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