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Old 03-26-2019, 10:47 PM   #1
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Should I wax the front of my trailer?

I have a 2015 Rockwood 2604ws that has a plastic (fiberglass?) front end. I waxed it early last year, but was disappointed to see swirly polishing marks show up in bright sunlight. When washed this week to remove dirt/grime/bugs from our recent trip to Georgia, it cleaned up very well and water beads up nicely on it. It is the older, bright white color that was used on the Rockwoods.

Is it recommended to wax the front anyway, or am I just as well off washing it well after a trip?

I do wax the sides and back of the trailer to help prevent black streaks and make it easier to wash.
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:01 PM   #2
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I'm thinking maybe last year you used too much wax...

Wax it again, but use less wax and smaller patches at a time...

Makes it easier to buff out the swirls.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:42 PM   #3
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I use Wash and Wax from Camco.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-Mfg-40493-Rv-Wash-Wax-32-Oz/46476936?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13= 1443&adid=22222222227034439739&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl 3=90169469928&wl4=aud-482018033502la-126784989888&wl5=9015733&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl 10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=46476936&wl13=1443&veh= sem&gclid=CjwKCAjwvuzkBRAhEiwA9E3FUjRJJyd9fRGA9Bu2 FofuXLUWvVDUBsd6ZgOUZGzfJZ8i0z2AK8xp2BoC7cgQAvD_Bw E

It's a simple one step in a bucket, add water, soft bristle brush, rinse and let dry. Works on the awning top and bottom side, the roof and camper. No buffing, rubbing, just a good scrub to clean and it beads water and makes cleaning bugs after a trip very easy.

I use it twice a year.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:53 PM   #4
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A coat of wax seems to help when it's time to wash the bugs off.

As for "swirly marks", I bought a small orbital polisher several years ago that I use for polishing the wax after applying it by hand. It's the size of an electric palm sander and when I'm done polishing my arm isn't as tired.

A tip for using one of these, start with several "bonnets" and change whenever they start getting a buildup of wax residue. After the job's done just toss them in the washer along with the work jeans and shop towels.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:00 PM   #5
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Using the spray wax, like Maguire's Quick Wax, buffed off with microfiber towels, will provide excellent results without ANY swirl marks. No buffer needed.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:07 PM   #6
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Many years ago when I used to do some automotive painting, I asked my PPG rep what was the best wax. He told me the best wax is no wax and just keep it clean. He said keeping the paint clean is way better than any wax.
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Many years ago when I used to do some automotive painting, I asked my PPG rep what was the best wax. He told me the best wax is no wax and just keep it clean. He said keeping the paint clean is way better than any wax.
Most of my trailer isn't painted, it's mostly gel-coat.

Today, unless you have an old can of Simoniz Car Wax there isn't much "wax" in Car wax products. Mostly silicones and extra super fine abrasives that help remove oxidized paint from the surface.
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These new polymer waxes apply so much easier than traditional 'wax', I really love them. I used to be part of the old school 'has to be caranuba paste wax'. Things changed.
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Most of my trailer isn't painted, it's mostly gel-coat.
As is mine...and my boat. I don't wax either of them. I just keep them clean.
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:29 PM   #10
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The gang at Rockwood will tell you the plastic end caps are not designed or intended to be waxed. I wax mine, and all that work does not make much difference I have found. Bugs are easy to get off with the right cleaner, and the plastic stays looking good for a long time. I'd avoid using any kind of a buffer tool - that plastic is soft and easily ruined. Was told that they are easy to paint and designed for it; many places can do it if you own your rig long enough and want it done.

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