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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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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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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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Old 03-27-2019, 06:11 PM   #7
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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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Old 03-28-2019, 12:44 PM   #11
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I use Wash and Wax from Camco.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-Mfg...BoC7cgQAvD_BwE

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.
Couldn't use that with most water as it would leave spots which are very hard to get off . only way around that is dry it off . when i wash i use a all in one also but with out drying it will leave spots
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:48 PM   #12
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I am very particular about the look of my RV. I am no expert on the chemistry of paint or any other finish, but I firmly believe that over time the sun will destroy any RV finish. How many RVs have we seen that are terribly faded? My last RV spent most of the summer back at the manufacturer's location, so I did not get to wax it. When it was returned to me, the cap was severely faded. So, I make sure that there is always a good coat of wax between my RV and the elements.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:24 PM   #13
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WAX it!

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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.
Say...ANYBODY who remembers and likes RED GREEN is my kind of person. He is missed. Re the waxing, I would continue to do that. It lessens the air resistance and slightly improves your mpg for sure. Less bug juice to a degree except the biggies down in Fl. or out West, but it helps with cleanup. I would use a good paste wax (I know, I know...) likes Mothers Gold or Meguires. I get swirls marks when I use the "quick" wax variety and\or use certain "micro-fiber" towels to apply and\or remove... If you use the later variety of spray wax insure you carefully read the directions(sun\no sun, drying time?).

I find the only way to stop those perfunctory black streaks, btw, and hate to say this is by cleaning and treating your roof with a good quality solution such as Pro-Tect All products, or the like. Costs a bit but does a great job. Black streaks tend to still stain waxed surfaces, sooner or later so better get it at the source first. Oh, and I've heard that waxing your decals tends to dry them out prematurely and cause curl. Better to use ProTect All on those for the UV benefits after you wax around them...be safe on that roof!
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I found this product about a year ago - Wash Wax All - by Aero Cosmetics. It is designed to use on aircraft, automobiles, boats and RVs. It is easy to apply on pretty much any surface and has UV protection. It leaves a smooth, clean surface that shines and is resistant to dirt, bugs and such. Wipe on, wipe off. After initial tests on the end-cap of my rig, I started using it on the front of my truck and now I use it pretty much everywhere. Really nice. Highly recommended. Here's a link;

https://washwax.com/collections/wash...l-cleaner-32oz
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A good wax or other coating makes cleaning off the bugs, especially the love-bugs going to Florida.
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Say...ANYBODY who remembers and likes RED GREEN is my kind of person.
OT. Gosh I heard Red Green (Steve Smith), on a radio show last week. He was promoting his 2019 Tour. I never new he had two voices until that radio show.

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Our Crusader Lite 5th is pushing 4 years old and has never been waxed. I washed it a week ago because of all of the pollen off of our oaks. I use hot water and a car wash with wax in it that I purchase at Walmart. The fiver shines like it is new. I do keep it under a metal shed that sits under two giant oak trees, so the sun never hits it while sitting.
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i would definitely wax the entire unit. here are a couple of guides to consider.

https://www.loveyourrv.com/wash-wax-and-detail-the-rv/

https://www.oldetownautospa.ca/blogs...ng-maintenance

treat it like you vehicle...just my opinion. I built million dollar yachts many moons ago, they all got wax on the gelcoat, and bottom kote on the hull beneath the waterline.

the gel on the rv is no different, unless they are using acrylic, and i have not heard that. Waxing helps clean up easy, prevents staining, and there is some UV protection in some synthetic waxes.

collinite 845 is cheap, easy to apply, and durable - although many options exist.
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Rinse then pre wash with S100 in a spray bottle,
keep moist with a light water spray for 5 mins, then brush (bug patrol),
Wash with blue correl or any bulk car wash in warm water bucket,
Mr. Clean eraser for any black streaks,
let dry then Protectall with micro fiber cloths instead of wax.
All same same for metal, fiberglass, and plastic.
More than you asked for Im sure....
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Rockfossilman - I got this "Gel Gloss Wash & Wax" stuff at Amazon, based on a recommendation from somewhere (can't remember right now) & OMG, this stuff is AMAZING! $23, but a gallon will last a very l-o-n-g time. They state worse thing u can do, is 2 use too much - That said, I put ~2 oz in a bucket of hot water. We now use it on ALL of our vehicles as well as our boat, ATVs, etc; it kicks ***!!
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