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Old 06-14-2002, 05:49 PM   #43
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Unhappy Clear Coat Exteriors

I'm just a dumb blonde I guess...no not really (ouch! I got kicked off another forum for saying that!)...
but I think I am suffering from ADD..and can't really consume all the wonderful information that's on this thread....and I need to so badly. Because "Bear" is in DIRE need of washing...and I want to be sure I don''t use the wrong thing again (I used Dawn the past 3 springs).
Then...;to add to my confusion I met someone with a 1977 Excella, who is taking his rig down to Auburn (Washington) to have it polished and re-coated. I THOUGHT THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO THIS WAS AIRSTREAM INTERNATIONAL !! am I wrong? I didn't tell him that...he's so exited about having it done...but it's costing him $6,000, so it sounds like it's going to be the 'real deal'.
I'm wondering where my rig falls..if I clean it with a NON-abrasive, and NON-petroleum based soap ...(which is NOT "Dawn"...correct?) ...AND then.. if I use the correct 'soap'...and "WAlbernize" it...HOW LONG WILL I BE ABLE TO GO BEFORE I'LL HAVE TO have my clear coat redone????
& How do you know when it's GONE???
Sorry to be so dense...but maybe someone can take pity on me and answer my ?? Thanx.
.......Cat
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Old 06-14-2002, 06:10 PM   #44
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As I said somewhere else here, I use an automotve car wash(armor all) mixed in water to be a mild strength, and then I wax with Turtle wax liquid - non abrasive and easy to apply. I even did the roof with a wash wand covered with a towel to apply and another to wipe off. My AS has retained the shine snce I applied in december, and I reapplied a wax coat in late May. It sits out on the Georgia sun, but looks good. The wax goes on a few panels at a time, so its not a big job at all.
I polished the few small spots where the coat was off thanks to former owner putting a decal here and there, and on the roof where bird stuff must have sat for awhile. Then I waxed over these polished areas. They are small and thankfully few. If you look down the side of the airsteam in the light you can see the plasticoat shine. It appears different from the polished small spots. One spot has the shadow of the American flag decal that had been there, it looks pretty cool! Sort of a polished flag in one area.
I would not be too concerned with the plasticoat disappearing and reapplication if you take good care of your trailer. It is all in the maintenance.
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Old 06-14-2002, 10:14 PM   #45
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I washed my '83 Excella with Armorall car wash, I just used less than I would on a car and it came out looking great, then Walbernized it and I almost did not recognize it, shined too much like a 2003 model. Go ahead and use the Armorall Bear will thank you for it.

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Old 06-16-2002, 04:01 PM   #46
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Thumbs up Exterior Cleaning

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John..........you and Alan are the greatest..!
Bear & I thank you
....with a HUGE "BEARHUG"...from both of us!
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Old 06-16-2002, 05:41 PM   #47
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Check out my new avatar- you can see the armorall/turtle wax shine!!
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Armorall on tires

Armorall is not to be used on steering wheels, clutch, brake or accelerator peddles because it makes them slippery. Same for tires. If the guy at Armorall tells people to use it on tires and some dummy uses it on the face of the tire and looses control the lawyers will go to work. Thus the dance to avoid answering. Probably won't hurt the tires but they can't recommend it for that use (or steering wheels or peddles).
Thats my take on it anyway.

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Check out my new avatar- you can see the armorall/turtle wax shine!!
Boy I bet you hate to take that baby out in the rain! Looks too good to get wet.

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Thanks...it sits out in the rain all the time....even thru 4 inches in one day while in florida camping!!
The armor all I use is the car wash by the way, and I have been recently using Turtle Wax Tire Wax (RV protectant) on the tires. It seems to hold up well. I used it on the striping, it streaked a bit too much, so I went back to the low gloss vinyl conditioner.
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Alan,
Based on your comments I purchased the Armor-All car wash. I find it does a good job on the aluminum. As noted earlier, no petroleum and no ammonia. I figure I can't go wrong using this solution. I use 303 on the tires which seems to do a good job, especially in light of the nasty's on using petroleum based side wall products on trailer tires.

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Shine!

How many Apple Pies, and Chicken Dinners would you trade-out for that to Bear?

I wonder what Rain-X would do to it? You have to rub it on wet...and then polish it dry...
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Cat.
I wouldn't recommand that you put the product "rain-x" on any aluminum surface..period~!~
It's a water sufactant product and, is recommanded only for glass application..period~
Sufactant has an oxidizer base property to it and, as such it will actually speed up the process of rust on steel. And, in the case of aluminum, the process of oxidiation~Which, I think is just the opposite of what you're wanting.
Easiest way to verifiy this: use google.com for your search under the heading of MSDS, and research the chemical properties of sufactant and, it family name.
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Rain-X

Thanx for the tip...on Rain-X...I should have known.
I mean they don't even advertise it on anything but glass anyway...so the questions should have loomed up LARGELY!

Thanx again.
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P.S. Bear thanx you 2
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