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Old 07-27-2019, 02:16 PM   #1
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Buffing exterior

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I have a 2015 Flagstaff 831 bhds with the diamond package, so it is a brownish exterior. I have had a really difficult time keeping the fiberglass from oxidizing. I have buffed it several times using a handheld buffer with a wool wheel and several different kinds of polishing compounds (Meguires, 3M. After polishing I have waxed it with gel gloss. after the buffing and waxing, it looks great like it should. The problem is, it seems to oxidize within about a month and starts to look bad again. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong? Am I using the wrong product or method? Thanks. The products I have used are below.


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Old 07-30-2019, 09:37 AM   #2
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Best products I've come to use, on my TT and boats, is Pro-Tech products.

https://protecproducts.com/

I buff with Nu Paint Moisturizer to remove oxidation. Then buff with Sealant Polish. The sealant seems to last a good bit longer than waxes, with less maintenance. I say less maintenance because any form of wax or sealant you apply will need to be maintained in between applications.

For maintenance I use DPC Armor SiO2 sealant spray. After a quick wash I just go around a give the rig a quick spray and wipe. Added another layer of silicon dioxide.

https://luxurymicrofiberstore.com/co...-shine-protect

You get a good base layer of sealant and maintain it with Armor you can easily go 6 months between sealant applications.

An added benefit to having a well maintained sealant is the lack effort needed to wash. I use a foam cannon and spray down one whole side, a quick brushing and power wash off. Just about nothing sticks.

You'll never stop gel coat from oxidizing. You can only do what you can to slow the process down. A good sealant and maintenance of that sealant goes a long way towards not having to buff so often.
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Old 07-30-2019, 10:12 AM   #3
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Todd Breden of Forest River/Prime Time and a classic car restorer gave a seminar on exterior maintenance 2 years ago at the International Rally. His recommended product was was Meguiar's M6332 Flagship Premium Marine Wax. Said Mothers products were marginally better but at higher cost.

In between wax jobs, I use M14332 Rinse Free Wash-n-Wax. Applied with Aero Cosmetics Products Wash Wax mop to keep things looking good while on the road. Works well for me.
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Old 07-30-2019, 10:31 AM   #4
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You might consider using a coating instead of wax or sealant. Paint coatings are applied by hand, much like wax, but have a longer life. Most consumer applied coatings will last a couple of years, while some of the professionally applied coatings can be good for as many as five years. These coatings are like an additional clearcoat on the surface of the vehicle. Here is an example of one of the many coatings available:

https://optimumcarcare.com/product/optimum-gloss-coat
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Old 07-30-2019, 10:32 AM   #5
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If you do maintenance washes every once in a while, buy yourself Zep-O-Shine. It adds a synthetic sealant during the wash. It is absolutely one of the best products I've ever seen/used.
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:04 PM   #6
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You might consider using a coating instead of wax or sealant. Paint coatings are applied by hand, much like wax, but have a longer life. Most consumer applied coatings will last a couple of years, while some of the professionally applied coatings can be good for as many as five years. These coatings are like an additional clearcoat on the surface of the vehicle. Here is an example of one of the many coatings available:

https://optimumcarcare.com/product/optimum-gloss-coat
Even 9h ceramic coatings need to be maintained with some type of spray sealant or wax. Wash and Wax products just don't leave behind enough product to be effective.
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