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Post by Liz n Sat Sep 30, 2023 1:38 pm

Hello everyone,
Apologies if there is already something on the forum,  but I wondered if anyone has has this problem. We washed and removed all traces of dirt and algae from the van yesterday.  I went to apply a coat of Triplewax polish to the dull bodywork as per the info on the bottle. When buffing the dry polish, it is leaving a very patchy finish which does not look good!
Does anyone have any advice or tips that might be useful?

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Post by Molly3 Sat Sep 30, 2023 1:55 pm

Clean a test area with g3 compound or t cut then polish and see the difference.
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Post by rogerblack Sat Sep 30, 2023 3:27 pm

I have found that some products made for cleaning or polishing cars are only really suitable for the (painted metal) cab areas on the motorhome; they don't always work effectively on the hab conversion parts which have a gel coat. For those, I tend to use products from e.g. Meguiars marine/RV range which are specifically engineered for those finishes.


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Post by groundhog Sat Sep 30, 2023 3:30 pm

Yes that is exactly what will happen if you put something like triplewax straight on to oxidised or faded GRP or paint. First you have to restore the surface by removing the faded surface. G3 or any cutting paste will do the job. THEN apply your wax or sealer.
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Post by Dave Gee Sat Sep 30, 2023 4:01 pm

I used Silky polish on the old van and thought it was quite good for GRP.
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Post by ICDC Sat Sep 30, 2023 5:24 pm

You won’t go wrong with this for GRP..it’s brilliant..[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by Paulmold Sat Sep 30, 2023 5:58 pm

The OP's van is a Sigma so it is Styrofoam and won't be a gel finish will it?

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Post by groundhog Sat Sep 30, 2023 7:16 pm

Paulmold wrote:The OP's van is a Sigma so it is Styrofoam and won't be a gel finish will it?
Must have surely ? think_smiley_46
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Post by Paulmold Sat Sep 30, 2023 7:37 pm

I thought gel coat was what the monocoques had on the body shell.

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Post by rogerblack Sat Sep 30, 2023 8:24 pm

Paulmold wrote:I thought gel coat was what the monocoques had on the body shell.
i'm pretty sure the roof and rear of my Pollensa are each one-piece GRP mouldings - the side wall panels I guess are styrofoam.

Meguiars marine/RV products seem to work fine on all these.

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Post by RML Sat Sep 30, 2023 9:25 pm

I have read of vans being ceramic coated, expensive to apply but easy to clean for up to 6 years. Apparently it  creates a true showroom shine. 
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Post by groundhog Sat Sep 30, 2023 10:31 pm

Ceramic coating is great but the finish will only be as good as what is being coated. It lasts way longer than any wax.
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Post by inspiredron Sun Oct 01, 2023 12:13 am

I swear by Auto-Glym on my Nuevo. It seems to work on metal or glass fibre.

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Post by ICDC Sun Oct 01, 2023 9:54 am

Paulmold..you are correct, the monocoque has a gel coat covering the GRP behind it, if id didn’t have one you would see the fibreglass matting.
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Post by Liz n Sun Oct 01, 2023 10:47 am

Thank you all very much for your replies and helpful suggestions. 
We've definitely used the wrong product on the side of the van. The sides feel like metal ? aluminium, and other parts of the van seem to be made of fibreglass. It would be good to know which kind of paint was used, but it sounds as we would  either have to remove all oxidation from a large area before waxing or try the Auto- Glym. 
The weather in Yorkshire is being typical so we've got time to ponder.
Many thanks, 
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Post by Liz n Sat Oct 14, 2023 1:55 pm

Hello, a little update to everyone who gave me helpful advice on this matter.

We ended up t cutting all the oxidised areas, buffed it off and then used Auto Glym to add a nice shiny surface. It's looking very good and although not absolutely perfect, we're really happy with the result. She's a relatively old van so definitely has had a makeover!
Off to Filey next week, so hope our efforts protect her from the sea air.

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