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Old 06-28-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Red Max Pro

All,

I copied these instructions FRom a post on RV.net.

Just finished washing and Red Max Pro-ing my 1990 Airstream Land Yacht.

You have, no doubt, heard all sorts of trite expressions similar to "Neater than sliced bread?"

Red Max Pro is neater than sliced bread! My motorhome, which has been exposed to the hot Floriduh sun for 5 years was badly faded, and I despaired of it ever looking good again.

I does now! Trust me, this stuff works! I highly recommend it to you folks who are looking for a relatively easy way to regain your "new coach" shine.

Try it! You will like it!

Note: I did not use the TSP. Having read the instructions, I considered it too harsh to use; and, there was no wax on the MH anyway. I washed my MH with Dawn and then used the 3M scrubbies and the Bar Keepers FRiend to clean the more stained areas. Also, do not get Red Max on your windows!


Restoring the finish of an older motorhome using Red Max Pro (#3):


Materials:
-Red Max Pro (Step 3) Low Maintenance Floor Finish (available at Lowes)
-Bar Keeper’s Friend (powdered)
-TSP (Trisodium Phosphate, powdered)
-3M scrubbies (white)
-White Microfiber rags
-Latex gloves



Preparing the surface is the most important part, since anything left on the surface will be sealed under the Red Max Pro acrylic coating. Start by washing your motorhome as you normally would, making sure to include the roof, rinsing well from the top down.

Now, you want to remove any and all stains, soiling, oxidation, and chalkiness from the surface of the motorhome. Dip a white 3M scrubbie into water and then sprinkle Bar Keeper’s Friend on it. Scrub the surface of the motorhome, rinsing the scrubbie and re-applying the BKF often. Do small areas at a time, rinsing well with water and a sponge as you go. I used a "flow-thru" brush with a hose to rinse the BKF thoroughly as I went.

The next step is to make sure that there is absolutely no remaining wax on the motorhome, since wax can cause the Red Max to peel. Mix up a bucket of TSP (1/2 cup) in water (2 gal), and wash the entire motorhome. You can use a carwash brush, a sponge, a pressure washer…anything you would normally use. Rinse well, and let the motorhome dry completely. You should be left with a clean and [COLOR=#0072bc !important][COLOR=#0072bc !important]smooth[/COLOR][/COLOR] (although dull) surface. Congrats, the prep-work is now complete!


Now for the easy part. Pour some Red Max Pro (RMP) into a shallow container (a pie pan works well). Fold a [white] microfiber rag to about hand-sized, dip into the RMP (trust me, use gloves!), and squeeze out the excess. How much/how wet? You want it more than damp, but less than dripping. Now simply wipe down the surface of the motorhome with the wet rag. Don’t try to over-apply; just wet the surface (imagine wiping a layer of dust off with a wet rag). It really doesn’t matter whether you wipe horizontally, vertically, or in circles; RMP is very thin/watery and you are just trying to “wet” the surface. Work your way all the way around the motorhome. RMP will dry quickly; before you’ve gone all the way around, it will be dry and you can immediately start on the next coat.

That first coat will likely look really bad; streaky, shiny in some places, dull in others…don’t panic. Each additional coat will even it out and start to build up a deep layer of shine. By coat 3, you will be grinning ear to ear. And coat 4 will be the icing on the cake. Not only will your RV shine like it hasn’t shined in years, it will be a deeper color as well. Even old. faded, cracked graphics will have a new lease on life! All for about $30!

Things (I learned) to keep in mind:

-Don’t use colored microfiber rags unless they have been laundered, as the color may bleed.

-Be careful around window frames, locks, latches, etc., as the RMP is very watery and can have a tendency to gather and run at those spots. Watch for runs and give them a quick wipe with the rag before they start to “set up”.

-Some older, deteriorated graphics may “bleed” color onto the rag. Watch for this and change or re-fold your rag so you don’t spread that color onto other parts of the MH. If this occurs, it should only happen with the first coat, as the RMP will then “seal” the graphics up. Subsequent coats will not have the problem.

-After each coat, go around and open/operate all hatches, locks, catches, etc. The acrylic (RMP) coating will sort of “glue” them closed.

-You can also do the window frames and other painted metal areas; I did my entire Class C cab since it was very faded and dull. Came out fantastic! T
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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Frank,sounds like alot of work ,but worth all the effort. It would be nice to see some pictures. I used a product made by Wizard called Turbo cut and was very pleased with the outcome. In either case, I know it takes dedication, time, and effort, to finish these coaches when they get badly oxidized. But it takes years off them, making them look like new again, and makes you the proud owner of a good looking coach. Thanks for the info. Randy
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:35 AM   #3
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gloran,

It is a piece of cake! Over the years , I have tried, without much success any number of magic elixirs on my motor home. Lotsa effort expended without much result.

This stuff works, and it is REAL EASY to apply. The part about washing the MH is what you would do anyway, and the Barkeepers FRiend is easy. I did not use the TSP, because I thought it would be too harsh.

I'd guess that it took me, all told, 12-14 hours to do the whole job. I did it piecemeal -- FRont cap, curbside, rear cap and driver side. And, I did it over a period of a week or so. No sense, at my age, to stroke out trying to clean a MH!

I highly recommend this procedure.

FReegards,

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Old 07-01-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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Taxman, sounds like it turned out well! How about a photo?
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:42 AM   #5
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Michigander, I am functionally illiterate when it comes to posting pictures -- sorry about that.

HST, there are some good pictures of other MHs on the RV.net forum. Search for Red Max Pro.

Sorry about that.

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Old 09-27-2011, 12:30 AM   #6
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Yep Red Max Pro'd my 95 LY 33 last week. Younger and stupider than Taxman, did it in about 2 days (sore arms, back, legs shoulder and some spots I didn't even know could be sore) well worth the effort. Looks like brand new again. Trying to find replacement decals for front which were baddly damaged from sun/weather but the rest is looking tip top.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:55 PM   #7
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Red Max Pro works!

Shanetech,

Two days? You are younger and stupider than I am!

LOL!

Glad it worked for you.

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