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Post by Gail on Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:39 pm

Hi can anyone tell me, is polishing the motorhome, best with terry towelling bonnet, lambswool bonnet or combination of both? Thanks in advance
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by groundhog on Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:01 pm

That all depends on which part of the process you are undertaking, 'polishing' is part of the process of 'detailing' a vehicle to make it look great.

Assume you are cleaning GRP bodywork..

First you need to cut the finish to remove oxidising if it is faded, use something like a mild farecla, or any cutting polish. Not so sure it matters what cloth you use to put it on. Rub enough to bring back the gloss but not too much or you will damage it.

Finally use a protective product like Meguiars Flagship or RV wax, this will seal the surface, the more you get on the better and use your lambswool buffer once it is dry!

Do not use car polish on GRP, keep that for the painted bits!!

Hope that helps a little!

David

PS: I have detailed loads of cars, yachts and even a 393 seat aeroplane  so afraid I am a bit of a sad anorak on this one. snigger
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Gail on Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:04 pm

up! Thanks David shiny and clean here we come
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Jaytee on Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:07 pm

Interesting stuff  Dave (groundhog) drinksallround. What's the difference with the GRP polish Vs car polish. You have me worried now as I have used car polish. AND are these new super dupa treatments worth the vast sums of money to save having to polish ever again?

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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by adrianfo on Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:11 am

Just done ours, after lots of reading. Initially as a general cleaner I used a mix of stardrops (this) and a bit of Cillit bang lime-scale remover to wash the muck off. It dried quite shiny even just after that. Then using a polisher, like this (polisher) with a thick wool bonnet on the slowest speed I worked in some of this (wax cleaner) . Any of the black streaks, oxidisation and/or discolouring that were left after the stardrops treatment vanished. I then buffed it by hand with soft dusters. It really looks good. The missus loves it and I got a good workout as well. The Meguiars RV Cleaner Wax M5032 appears to be an excellent choice. As well as a wax treatment it's also a very mild abrasive so be careful.
I suppose I will know how good it was in a month or so.
Hope this helps
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by groundhog on Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:21 am

Jaytee
Some car polishes contain silicone which can release acetic acid that in turn attacks GRP, have no fears though a few washes and car polish will all be gone anyway!!

I have seen sealers for GRP that claim to last for several years but am not aware of any that would last a lifetime - but I expect someone will be along soon who is! Probably as good as the person that applied it.

Adrian - Great choice in the Meguiars cleaner wax, now seal it all in with premium flagship wax and you are done for a good long while, no more black streaks for you. Just rub it on lightly and polish off when dry, it will not make the van any glossier but the gloss will last for months or years rather than weeks.

Hear I go again to those that need the clarification - forgive me the rest of you...

GRP is a matting covered with a gel coat, the surface may look perfectly smooth and shiny but is full of tiny dimples. After time they fill with dirt and chalky residue and the shine vanishes. Water and muck running off windows, joints etc picks up more dirt on its passage and you get - black streaks!

POLISH cleans all those dimples out, some even leave a little wax in them and the van looks all glossy again, job done right, no it isn't as the process begins again!

WAXING the van, fills all those little dimples with hard wax so the muck runs straight off, carnauba is the hardest known wax to man. It doesn't make the van any shinier as it is non abrasive but it will make the shine last much much longer. Eventually it too will wash off but it will certainly last for many months.

Washing between waxes do NOT use washing up liquid, rather a proper shampoo designed to add wax not take it away.

It all sounds a chore but I think worth it, nothing looks better or retains its value better than an old van with a lovely finish and seeing a new one that looks horrible makes me wonder what the owners house looks like!

Hope that helps a little

David
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:18 am

I can highly recommend Care-avan white caravan polish, I have used it on all of my Autosleepers for the past 6 years with excellent results.
Designed for use on all caravan surfaces including GRP and Gelcote.
www.care-avan.co.uk
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Pamponi on Sat May 02, 2015 12:02 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:I can highly recommend Care-avan white caravan polish, I have used it on all of my Autosleepers for the past 6 years with excellent results.
Designed for use on all caravan surfaces including GRP and Gelcote.
www.care-avan.co.uk
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Thanks Boaby & Groundhog

Just ordered a cleaning kit with everything from Care-avan!
 Also got some Mcguires (spelt rong), wax to top coat it with.

Thats gonna be a long weekend off wax on, wax off!!
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Sat May 02, 2015 12:34 pm

Hi Pamponi
I think you will be very pleased with the results, I polished my Sigma during the week and have one arm like Popeyes.
The traffic dirt and gull pooh just wipes of with a cloth.
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Pamponi on Sun May 03, 2015 7:16 pm

Sounds like u have experience, maybe you should come & do mine for me
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Jaytee on Sun May 03, 2015 7:30 pm

Pamponi wrote:Sounds like u have experience, maybe you should come & do mine for me

That's a good idea hugegrins AND he is closer to me allthumbz

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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun May 03, 2015 7:53 pm

Come up to Filey Brigg on Friday and I'll polish yer bonnet.
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:09 pm

Started cleaning my van at 7 this morning with a couple of breaks during the day, the roof was the worst I've come across and its the third time this year.
Good results from the white Cara-avan polish , just the cab area to finish the job.
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Paulmold on Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:17 pm

How do you reach the overcab above the windscreen, I ifnd that the hardest bit to reach (I don't have one of those two side ladders and a plank between things).

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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:18 pm

I have a wheeled aluminium podium Paul, I can reach about two feet from each side leaving about two feet to polish in the middle.
To tackle that I put a long ladder against the front of the Luton over cab, the feet are rested against brick wall.
Climb up the ladder and "polish on" "polish off" karate kid style .not easy at my weight , the podium is very handy for cleaning and polishing the side fins .
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Jaytee on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:47 pm

I think with all the experience you obviously have you should pop up here Boaby and show me how to do it hugegrins  Shouldn't take more than a couple of days snigger

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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Paulmold on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:53 pm

I'm reluctant to put a ladder on the pod so use a long handled brush to wash, then wrap a cloth sprayed with cleaner around the brush and buff with a microfibre cloth wrapped around the brush head.

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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:50 am

Paulmold wrote:I'm reluctant to put a ladder on the pod so use a long handled brush to wash, then wrap a cloth sprayed with cleaner around the brush and buff with a microfibre cloth wrapped around the brush head.
Sorry if I've confused you Paul, the podium is only used at the side and back of the van , the ladder is on the ground backed into the boundary brick wall.
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Paulmold on Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:09 am

I understood that. I can use step ladders for the top of the back and all around the sides and can reach about 18" of each side of the overcab, it's just that middle couple of feet of the overcab which is impossible to reach, hence the use of the brush. The roof itself I can do through the Heki except the overcab because the Heki opens the wrong way.

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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:23 am

I have a couple of ladder mits that fit on the top of each leg of the ladder. I rest the ladder on the Luton over cab at an angle of around 45 degrees .
I can reach the middle right up within a foot of the front Heki and work my way down.
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by burlingtonboaby on Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:26 am

Jaytee wrote:I think with all the experience you obviously have you should pop up here Boaby and show me how to do it hugegrins  Shouldn't take more than a couple of days snigger
I can give your van a couple of coats of weathersheld if you like, same colour.   hugegrins
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by mikeyval on Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:01 pm

Hi Paul
Have you given thought to removing the Heki ? It doesn't take very long and not difficult.
Also gives opportunity to clean out all the rain water exits and permits additional cleaning by using high step ladder inside. I did this a while back, well worth it.
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by Paulmold on Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:04 pm

Never thought of it, good idea.

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Post by Russty on Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:30 pm

I've done my 1998 symphony with the William ceramic glaze water and dirt just rolls of not sure how long it will last but at the moment well chuffed
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Re: Cleaning/polishing

Post by groundhog on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:44 pm

Well done!  I have heard of it, I think it is distributed by Autoprotect if it is the Williams F1 branded stuff. Have only read good reports!.
Like all other waxes and sealants important that you do not wash the van with anything that will remove it so only use a shampoo that is compatible. Let us know how long it lasts!! up!
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