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Old 04-04-2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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Question Wash and Wax

Good Afternoon,

Taking delivery of my 2016 Cruiser 315RL sometime in the next month. I'd like to hit it with a coat of wax to start the season. I'm sure the cleaning and waxing that is done at the dealer is very surface clean for looks.

I've read not to wax decals that it can cause them to lift. I've also read that there are products that are better to use on the gelcoat than traditional wax. The back end of my unit will be sitting under a large pine tree. I'd like to get a good coating of protection on it before the sap starts dropping.

Open to any and all experiences and suggestions.

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Old 04-04-2016, 01:07 PM   #2
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Instead of wax, use a polymer sealant. There are a lot on the market, I prefer "Rejex". It repels a lot of bugs and other sticky stuff let sap. Turtle Wax "Ice" is also a good product.
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:19 PM   #3
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I've been using Flynn's product. Real happy with the results.Flynn's Detail Products - Online Catalog - Categories.
Also use 303 protection on my decals.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:34 PM   #4
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Turtle Wax Ice is a very good product, easy to use & gives a good shine, I've using it for a couple years.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:11 PM   #5
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My dealer applied a sealant and I use Meguires premium "Wash & Wax" every time I wash the camper. I also do not use a hand mitt or synthetic brush. I use a Boar's Hair brush. Now, I store mine in an enclosed pole building so UV protection is not that big of a concern for me.

But with pine needles & sap, I would use the best product that you could find. Autogeek has some really good products so maybe start there. Sealants have come a long way and take minimal effort now to apply and maintain.
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Old 04-05-2016, 08:07 AM   #6
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I've been using the Products - Driven to Perfection - DRIVEN Premium Detailing Products for a couple of years now and have really liked the results. Like Mark said it's also a polymer and is safe to use over the graphics. And like you are unit sits under trees when it's in storage and I haven't had a problem cleaning anything off of it. It's a little expensive but well worth the money.
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My dealer applied a sealant and I use Meguires premium "Wash & Wax" every time I wash the camper. I also do not use a hand mitt or synthetic brush. I use a Boar's Hair brush. Now, I store mine in an enclosed pole building so UV protection is not that big of a concern for me.

But with pine needles & sap, I would use the best product that you could find. Autogeek has some really good products so maybe start there. Sealants have come a long way and take minimal effort now to apply and maintain.
My dealer tried to sell me the sealant package with an extended warranty and free helicopter rides home if I have a stroke on vacation. I passed on the whole package. I actually considered the sealant package, mostly because it was pushed at closing and I didn't have a chance to research the product. They never even told me what the product was, for all I know it's the foam that squirts on the car at the drive through car wash. For the quoted price I can hire someone to wash and wax it for me.
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NuFinish has been my go to product for the past 35+ years on campers and vehicles. Easy application and easy off. Its not a wax and safe for decals.
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My dealer tried to sell me the sealant package with an extended warranty and free helicopter rides home if I have a stroke on vacation. I passed on the whole package. I actually considered the sealant package, mostly because it was pushed at closing and I didn't have a chance to research the product. They never even told me what the product was, for all I know it's the foam that squirts on the car at the drive through car wash. For the quoted price I can hire someone to wash and wax it for me.
There were helicopter rides? I missed that one!

I did not catch the product name either but I can tell it makes a difference. I told my dealer I wanted the sealant for free if I was purchasing an extended warranty. My goal is to maintain the finish as best as I can in the event I do have to move the unit outdoors during the off season. I just want the thing to last as long as possible!
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There were helicopter rides? I missed that one!

I did not catch the product name either but I can tell it makes a difference. I told my dealer I wanted the sealant for free if I was purchasing an extended warranty. My goal is to maintain the finish as best as I can in the event I do have to move the unit outdoors during the off season. I just want the thing to last as long as possible!
I also went for the sealant package. I think it was called "platinum" or something similar. I did it because of the five year warranty, as I was reading about all the faded front caps. Mine is light colored so I probably would have been safe any ways. It also covered the interior furniture from stains and rips. Looks good so far...
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The best wax i have ever used for a fiberglass exterior is Meguiar's flagship wax. I comes off so easy on the fiberglass. It is also a sealant, and they claim you go a year between waxing. I still chose to do mine every 6 months. I was able to wax a 35' fifth wheel in about 6 hours by myself. Just a suggestion.
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