Let Wade answer your questions!

Do you have a question about making your RV or boat look new again?  Let Wade answer your questions about polishing, waxing and cleaning.  Send your emails to AskWade@wademaid.com. Be sure to include make, model and year.  And a photo if you have one.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Whoa WinnebagGO WAX STAT!!!

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Greg Asks:

Wade

Recently purchased a new 2015 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31KP. So we have auto paint, fiberglass panels and vinyl graphics.  The owners manual recommends washing with water and baby shampoo.  The manual then proceeds to recommend auto wax compatible with painted and gel coated fiberglass…so far so good. BUT then on the graphics says no wax over the graphics.  Seems odd Winnebago won’t offer a list of products for safe use. Your videos indicate we can use your product over all of our surfaces, extremely worried about the graphics, which certainly would be nice!  So confused, certainly don’t want to damage our new Class C.  What products would your recommend and are your products warrantied against causing finish damage?

Thanks much, we have always taken care of our vehicles so not knowing what I can wash, clean and wax is driving me nuts.

Greg T.

Wade Replies:

Greg,

           In today’s world manufactures are worried about giving out advice that may come back and bite them.  Winnebago’s suggestions will probably work fine and get you through the warranty period.  However after your first year Baby Shampoo will not be strong enough to clean any road or environmental contaminates off your rig, but it will smell nice!  As far as waxing,  I would wax all the surfaces mentioned in your email with Wade Wax.  I would not wax your vinyl graphics if they are a satin finish as this will stain them.  However, if your graphics are shiny, glossy and smooth I would definitely wax them.   Your rig should be waxed every 3 months from the time it hit the dealership’s lot..   One bottle of Wade Wax will last you a long time if properly used.  Unfortunately we cannot warranty against finish damage as we have no control over how a customer uses our products.

My guess is your rig has never been waxed, so I would strongly recommend getting out and getting WAXED!

Wade

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We Leighton It Up – Beast Wash to the Rescue

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Henry Asks:

Wade

Can you recommend an easy cleaner  for my Leighton?  The siding is aluminum.

Henry

Wade Replies:

Henry,

               Your Leighton is stained pretty badly.  So I don’t think it’s going to be easy but you can clean most of it up.  You will want to wash with Beast Wash.  However you will need to wash the unit using the product “hot.”  This means almost full strength.  Be careful not to do this in the sun or let the product run down the sides as it may leave clean streaks in your blue stripes.  If after you wash your rig you still have some stains.  Pore Beast Wash on a damp towel and rub the areas that the streaks remain.  Any streaks that won’t clean off doing this procedure are stained in the finish.  So your next step will be to use our RV finish Rejuvenator with Wax.  

Hope this helps!

Wade

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The Roof.. The Roof.. The Roof is….. Moldy??

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YouTube Power Washing Roof- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQZbUigocEg

Grace Writes:

Hi again,

Thank you for the how to. I did watch the video and my friend came and cleaned my carpet so I didn’t have to do it, thankfully.

I have another question about the EPDM roof that is on my 5/W. I’ve attached pictures and I want to know if your product will get off the spots left by the mold. I already washed it and used bleach water 1/10 concentration and it got the roof pretty clean, but not the parts in the pictures. 

Will your produce remove these spots?

Grace

Wade Replies:

Grace,

              Beast Wash is what you will want to use to clean up your roof.  You can mix bleach with Beast Wash if you still have some mold.  However I think this may be a buildup of sticky tree sap.  To clean this up you will probably need to use Beast Wash with a power Washer.  Remember to let your soaps do their job. You do this by letting the product dwell on the surface.  Do not use any solvent based cleaners like tar remover. Solvents are bad for any membrane material and should only be used by professionals.  Watch our video on power washing.  The roof I am cleaning was fiberglass but the power washing method is the same.

I hope this helps,

Wade

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Homemade Super Soap Sucker!!

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Video Link for Homemade Carpet Cleaner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exnu0jPsvhQ

Grace Writes:

Hi Wade,

I don’t have a carpet machine and I live an hour and a half from places that rent them.  Is there a way to clean the carpet in my 5/W without the machine?  And what product should or would I use to do that?

Thank you.

Grace

Wade Replies:

Grace,

            Have you seen our video on making your own carpet cleaning machine?  In our video we show you how to use a Wet Dry vacuum.  When cleaning your carpets it’s important to remove the soap.  Often carpet cleaners “extractors” are used improperly by adding soap to the machine. The machine needs to be used to rinse and lift the soap and dirt out of the carpet. Rinsing it important as any soap left in your carpets will attract dirt. Have you ever tried to spot clean your carpets?  You see the dirt spot disappear only to re-appear days later.  This is because your dirt spot is now a soap spot, soap attracts dirt!

I would recommend using our concentrate WOW.  We named it that because our customers say WOW when they use it, “true story.”    WOW was originally formulated as a low residue, soft scented, safe to use leather cleaner.  It’s the product we use at Duratain when we need to clean, carpets, fabrics, vinyl and leather. We also use it full strength to safely remove gum from carpet.

Hope this helps,

Wade  

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Introducing Vinyl G and the Rejuventor’s New Hit – Ohhh Be Be Be Gone Oxidation

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Jim Writes:

Wade:

Will rejuvenator harm my vinyl graphics?  I own a 2010 Heartland and I want to get rid of the oxidation.

Jim

Wade Replies:

Jim,

         Our RV finish rejuvenator with wax will not harm vinyl graphics on its own.  However if you try buffing them with a machine you can burn through them.  So when machine buffing it’s a good idea to tape off the edge of the vinyl with masking tape, I like the blue kind.  This way if you do get a little hot, and burn something it will be the masking tape and not the vinyl graphic. This will also stop the color of the graphic from bleeding into the color of your sidewalls.  If your graphics are bad than there is not much you can do to polish them out and have it last for any length of time. 

Hope this helps!

Wade

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Please Don’t Let it Fade Away!!

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Sam Writes:

Wade,

I have a 2014 Jayco White Hawk camper and on the front of the camper the fiberglass is oxidizing. It seems on the Jayco forum that is seems to be a problem with the clear coat not being correct. Jayco is willing to repaint the front under warranty, but I really do not want to repaint the front since the molding will not be removed and you will see the paint line. So my question is will you “The Rejuvenator” work and restore the finish back to my camper?

Thank you for your time to read my email.

Sam B.

Wade Replies:

Sam,

             You most certainly want to take Jayco up on the paint offer!   You have a color infused FRP cap. It will buff out and look nice for about a week, after that it will start bleeding.  Don’t be mad at Jayco, they did not make the material but they are standing behind it.  Many manufactures are NOT..  Painting is the only and best fix for this problem.  I am sure whoever you have do the work will do a good job. If not, that’s your opportunity to play quality control..  Let the new paint cure for thirty to sixty days, then purchase a bottle of our Wade Wax, you need to keep your rig waxed. So run don’t walk and get this painted….

Wade

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26 Footer.. A Truck Load of Wade Wax… Wade Stop Dreaming!!

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Conelle Asks:

Wade-

How many bottles of Wade Wax would I need to order to put the shine on a  26 foot fifth wheel? I have washed and removed the oxidation. 

Connelle

Wade Replies:

Connelle,

                 I think you will need a tanker truck load!  Now you will only use about 6 OZ of Wade Wax but I don’t make any money just selling a little bottle of the stuff!  Just think about it, you will be the envy of the campground. Your shiny 26’ fifth wheel parked next to a tanker truck full of Wade Wax, heck, I will even signee the tanker truck for you!! Going to a baseball game costs more than a bottle of Wade Wax.. What good is a signed baseball? It just collects dust! But a signed tanker truck full of Wade Wax… that’s rare, my wife won’t even let me have one!

Ok, Ok, sorry for that.  If your rig is in good condition all you will need is one 16oz bottle.  However if your finish is not in good shape Wade Wax will want to soak into your side wall looking for a finish to stick to.  So, it will be easy to use if your finish is in good shape and hard to use if your finish is missing or in bad shape.

Good luck,

Wade

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Rub’A Dub Dub How Often Does My Duratained Beast Need A Scrub?

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Bill Asks:

Wade-

What do you recommend I use to wash my Duratain coated RV? And how often?

Bill

Wade Replies:

Hi Bill-

That is an excellent question!  When we started Duratain Protective coatings we quickly realized that there wasn’t a line of cleaning/maintenance products out there that were designed specifically for the special surfaces (and coatings) on an RV.  They have some that claim they are but when you really read the details it can be used on cars and boats and a whole host of other things but none that say specifically  clean/maintain all the materials found on RV’s.  So I created some.  I would recommend using our Beast Wash for washing your coach and to wash it as needed.  The great thing about our Beast Wash is that you can make it as strong or a light as you want.  Because it is professional strength it’s going to give you that professional clean.  Please stay away from Wash & Wax products because the silicone in the wash will build up over time on your sidewalls creating a sticky film that attracts dirt. If you find that you have a lot of bug buildup on the front of your coach you can use our Bug and Animal Remover.  Easily melts away those suborn messes.

 In the end I guess the simple answer is wash when your RV is dirty!

Hope this helps!

Wade

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Clean that Awning, Shake those Side Wall Willies!!

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How to Clean your Awning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmC6vKL4IdU

Steve Writes:

Wade-

When washing the awning with beast wash and bleach mixture as per your video, should I be concerned about the run off on my RV sides. My RV is jell coat and paint combined. Should I cover the side of trailer before doing this? I have used your products for a few years and I am satisfied every time I wash my coach.

Thanks for any help.

Steve G.

Wade Replies:

Steve,

I am glad you have been happy with our products!

You should always be concerned about soap run off on your sidewalls.  I doubt any permanent damage would occur, with the exception to vinyl graphics.  I don’t think you need to tarp off your rig however just be careful.  I don’t recommend trying to clean the outside of a RV on a hot sunny day.  Not only can the soaps get baked into your finish but cooling down a hot side wall is not good for the laminated finish used on most RVs today.

As far as the bleach/Beast Wash solution.  First I would wet down your side wall so if you do drip your solution will be further diluted. Also wash your side wall, just to be safe, after you are all done.  

 We do this procedure every day without incident so I know you can as well!

Good luck,

Wade

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Is Enough Enough? 32oz Restorer & 28′ Variables

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Here’s the video for the RV Restorer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0h6lSEqjWU  

Teresa Writes:

Wade-

Should a 32 oz RV Finish Restorer do a 28’ unit?

Teresa

Wade Replies:

Teresa,

              There are allot of variables in your question.  Temp, humidity, absorption rate, hand or machine, these will all factor in on whether one bottle will be enough.  Yes I have been able to do a 28’ unit with one bottle.  On other 28’ units I have needed 2 bottles of RV Finish Restorer with Wax.

If you plan on buffing out your entire unit, I would suggest using a high speed machine, unless your rig is aluminum sided. Its a lot of work trying to get an even shine out of fiberglass and FRP when doing this job by hand.

Also, the product has wax in it so you won’t need to purchase wax. We have a kit you can purchase that has the restorer and the high speed buffer and the pad.  Here is the link:

http://www.shopwademaid.com/rv-finish-restorer-kit-p/99-520.htm     

Wade

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