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10
Aug

Dearly Departed Decals Leaving You with Ghosts

Joe Asks:

Hi Wade,

The decals have been removed. What left is shadow where the old decal use to be. Some areas it’s shadow is very strong you can see the whole foot print from the old decal.  Other areas the sun has faded the shadow and it not very noticeable.

What to you recommend and how to remove shadow that left on the motor home? I am attaching three pictures your review  

Kind Regards

Joe M.

Wade Responds:

Joe,

This is a tough project.  The areas where you removed the strips have not been damaged by UV and show your original finish color, while the other surfaces have been exposed to the elements for several years causing a change from that original color. 

Our products will remove the oxidation from these exposed surfaces, but can not remove the yellowing color.  I would recommend that you first wash the entire coach using a strong solution of our Beast Wash product, mixed with a 25% product to water ratio.  This will remove any contamination from the surfaces and also help remove the top layer of oxidation. 

I would then use our Rejuvenation Kit to polish out the finish and help restore a more uniform appearance while protecting your finish.  Our Rejuvenator product leaves a layer of wax on your sidewalls/caps to help protect the finish.  Once all this work is done, we recommend only washing your coach with water to prevent the removal of this protective coating until it is time to wax again.  Remember that it is important to always keep a protective layer of wax on your exterior finishes to help protect them.  Finally, I would also recommend waxing your coach every 3-6 months with our Wade Wax product.

Thanks for asking!

Wade



08
Jan

Plexiglas Boat Door

Dave Asks:

Hi Wade, 

What is the best way to clean and seal a black plexiglass boat door? It has hazed over from direct UV sunlight. I have 3 small doors to do.

Thanks Dave

Wade Responds:

Dave,

The best solution to cleaning your Plexiglas boat doors would to be to purchase our Rejuvenation Kit.  You will need the high speed buffer along with our RV Finish Restorer in order to remove the hazing.  I don’t know the size of the Plexiglas area, if its too small than you may not be able to get the buffing pad to work in the area that you need.  In that case you may be better to replace the Plexiglas panels.  That being said, if your panels are big enough to hit with the buffing wheel our product and process will remove your UV surface damage.

Wade

26
Oct

Too Far Gone?

Kyle Asks:

Any suggestions for sun damage (minor cracking all over) on a boat windshield?

Thanks,

Kyle A.

Wade Responds:

Kyle,

Thank you for the question. Your Plexiglas surface can be polished with our RV finish Rejuvenator.  Used with a high speed buffer you can easily remove surface damage, dirt and light scratches. Any damage inside the Plexiglas, like cracking, crazing and fogging can not be removed or remedied. Unfortunately, after looking at your picture, the damage appears to be in the glass itself.  That cracking is called crazing and cannot be repaired.

Sorry I don’t have better new for you on this!

Wade Weiss

09
Mar

Is it Getting Hot in Here?!

John Asks:

Hi guys,
Used the Beast Wash for first time. Glad to say very good success. Pretty safe to say any difficulty I encountered was probably because of my first timeism🖖
A question: are all the products ok to keep in the motorhome in hot summer and cold winter temperatures?
Thanks,
John H.
Valley Forge PA

Wade Responds:

John,
Glad you like our product!  Storing products in your compartments is generally ok with the exception of heat extremes.  Below freezing is not good for any of the products and anything over 99 degrees will shorten the products life.

Hope this helps.

Wade Weiss

27
Feb

Spit Shine to Make Your Boats Look Extra Fine!

Martin Asks:

Hi there,
I have a boat detailing company and was wondering if the spit shine waterless wash and wax can be used on gelcoat.
Best regards,

Martin

Wade Responds:

Yes, Spit Shine can be used on a fiberglass finish.  In fact that is what I use on my boat every time I remove it from the lake.  If your finish is in good shape it’s a great product to wipe your boats down with. It also helps maintain your finish.   If you are detailing boats it’s not a restorer and you will first need to get a good basecoat of wax on the boat.  This product is for maintaining a waxed finish not creating one.

Thanks for asking!

Wade Weiss 

25
Feb

Mr. Miyagi, What Happened??

Travis Asks:

I waxed my fiberglass Lance trailer with meguires and now it looks all blotchy. How can I strip the wax and make it shine again?

Wade Responds:

Travis

  Waxing your RV can be tricky as you are not working with a painted surface.  I also have a Lance camper, the good news is they have a better FRP finish than most.  The bad news is they are still hard to wax.  My guess it that you already had some hazing on the finish before you started. Depending on how bad the surface hazing is will determine your next step.  You may have to machine buff out your finish first to get the shine back. Then follow up with a good RV wax such as our Wade Wax. 

   To remove the wax that you currently have on your finish our Beast Wash will do that.  Please watch our various video’s on buffing, washing and waxing.  If this doesn’t seem to help you with your situation then send me some photos of your finish and I will do my best to guide you in the correct direction.

Hope this helps,

Wade

24
Feb

Move over Scrubbing Bubbles, Bug & Animal Remover to the Rescue!!

Roger Asks:

Hi,
I have a 7 month old TT with Duratain. Someone on the web mentioned they emailed you folks about cleaning their travel trailer and said you recommended Dawn dish washing soap but not wash and wax automotive products. I want to use Dawn on the nose cap to remove some baked-on bugs. The rest of the trailer comes clean enough with cold water and a nylon bristle brush. A few others have recommended Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner but i don’t know if they have a Duratain coating on their rigs.  I know you recommend Beast Wash but it’s expensive for a gallon jug and i don’t need that much nor do i want to haul it around as a full time RV’er nor do i need it to clean the rest of the trailer. Is Dawn okay? Is Scrubbing Bubbles okay? Thanks in advance, Roger

Wade Responds:

Roger,
Yes you can use Dawn but really I would only use water unless your rig is really dirty.  For bugs use our Bug & Animal Remover it will make cleaning bugs a snap. We don’t have a video on this product but B&A Remover will melt the bugs off with out scrubbing or hurting your finish.  I do NOT recommend using  ANY bathroom cleaner on your RV unless your RV looks like a toilet 😉.  If so please contact our warranty department ASAP!

Thanks for asking and Thank You for being a Duratain customer. 

24
Jan

My Mop & Glow Winnebagoooo Oh No!!

David Asks:

Wade

My wife and I recently picked a 2002 Winnebago Journey. The side panels seem to have a heavy coating on the exterior. It almost looks like a thick floor wax. it has yellowed over the years. What is it, and how do I care for, and can I brighten it up?

Thanks

Dave

Wade Reply’s:

Hi Dave

           You are probably are correct in thinking that somebody has Mop and Glowed your Winnebago, or at least used some sort of acrylic product on it.  Acrylics can make an RV’s dull FRP  look great for several weeks or months but after that you will have yellowing and peeling.  I came up with several versions of acrylic finishes, but over time they seem to do more harm than good so I have never brought any them to market.   In fact recently, when I was in a hurry, I mistakenly grabbed one of my acrylic samples thinking it was a bottle of Spit Shine. I had borrowed my wife’s Mercedes and wanted to quickly spruce it up for her. I completely covered her car in acrylic before I noticed what I had done!  This made a real mess of the car.  I had to pull it into the shop and spend the rest of the day using mineral spirits, RV Finish Rejuvenator, a Razorblade and a buffer to remove the acrylic from the car’s finish.  There are still some areas that I will need to wait until I can flake it off  but so far she has not noticed…. Dave, let’s  keep this our little secret. 

With all that being said, your best option would be to try to buff out the sides with a wool pad using my RV Finish Rejuvenator.  If that doesn’t seem to do a good enough job you can wet sand her with 600 grit sandpaper.  Just be careful not to go too deep with the sanding. 

Thanks

Wade   

07
Jan

Acetone on Plexiglass? Not Much You Can Do

Karen Asks:

I used acetone to remove sticker on piece of plexiglass and now realized it stains and it was not a good idea. Does your product remove a stain like this? 

Wade Responds:

Karen,

I don’t think our RV Finish Rejuvenator with wax will be able to help you with this one.  Acetone is a very hot solvent with the ability to melt materials like plexiglass.   If you told me you used Mineral spirits than I think you could remove any potential damage as Mineral spirits is a much weaker solvent.   I’m sorry I can not be of much help on this. 

 The good news is, if you run across another sticker that you love, you now have the perfect place to stick it!  

Wade Weiss

17
Dec

Beast Wash 101

Daniel Asks:

I would like to try the Beast Wash for my RV detailing business, do you have any information on dilution ratios? How far does a gallon go? I like to mix my roof cleaner in a pump weed sprayer, would this method work well? Any information is appreciated.

Wade Responds:

Daniel,

You will want to experiment with the product.  Dilution ratios can vary from 1/2 cup of Beast Wash to 3 gallons of water, all the way up to full strength depending on what you are cleaning.  I am not a fan of spraying any products on a RV,  I prefer to mix it in a bucket and use a wash brush to apply the product this way you get the product evenly distributed.  Beast Wash can be used in a sprayer for cleaning the roof if you prefer.

Thanks for asking!

Wade Weiss

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