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Old 06-22-2020, 12:07 PM   #1
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Anyone Re-Do their clear coat?
Range in costs? Worth it?

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Old 06-22-2020, 01:37 PM   #2
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Does the Axis have a coat of clear coat on it? HD Max is a color tinted gel coat and I do not believe Thor sprays clear over that. Now, I could be wrong on that.
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Old 06-22-2020, 10:21 PM   #3
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I too could be wrong but I believe that only coaches with full body paint are clear coated. And not all of the FBP coaches are. Often you can tell by examining the transition between colors or decals. It there is a clear, sharp transition itís probably not clear coated. If itís a softer or smoother transition - or if you canít even feel the transition at all - it probably is. I wouldnít hazard a guess what it would cost to do!
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Old 06-23-2020, 10:48 PM   #4
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Anyone Re-Do their clear coat?
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I thought I read somewhere it was about $10k, though that may have included a FDP. I just remember shaking my head and thinking 'not this kid'.
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Old 06-24-2020, 01:27 AM   #5
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I thought I read somewhere it was about $10k, though that may have included a FDP. I just remember shaking my head and thinking 'not this kid'.
Nursx2 did a FBP on his Hurricane/Windsport.

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Old 10-04-2020, 11:53 AM   #6
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Anyone Re-Do their clear coat?
Range in costs? Worth it?


Update: we went with a ceramic coating and itís much better now.
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Old 10-04-2020, 01:48 PM   #7
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What ceramic coating did you use?
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Old 10-04-2020, 01:54 PM   #8
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What ceramic coating did you use?
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Iíve been using Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray on my Magnitude. Easy to apply and gives it a nice shine as well as makes the surface pretty slick.
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Old 10-04-2020, 03:47 PM   #9
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Thanks Iíll give it a try.
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:47 PM   #10
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I took it to my detail guy. Dropped it off and in 2 days picked back up.
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:33 PM   #11
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ZEP Floor Polish
Works great on the fiberglass, just like a clearcoat
I keep my RV parked under cover when not on the road so that it stays out of the hot sun.
The fiberglass caps look brand new.
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:19 AM   #12
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I'm in the process of having my rig ceramic coated. Having a professional due it. I'm hoping this helps with the SunBurn I'm experiencing in the Southern Nevada Heat and Sun...

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Old 10-06-2020, 12:49 AM   #13
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Iíve been using Turtle Wax Ceramic Spray on my Magnitude. Easy to apply and gives it a nice shine as well as makes the surface pretty slick.
ooo - less drag, better gas mileage. like it.
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Old 04-18-2021, 02:41 AM   #14
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ZEP Floor Polish
Works great on the fiberglass, just like a clearcoat
I keep my RV parked under cover when not on the road so that it stays out of the hot sun.
The fiberglass caps look brand new.

Bob, I put this on the front end cap with hand sponge and with one coat it looked great. On the other hand, I used a sponge mop to do the rear and sides and with one coat there are a lot of streaks, and some drips visible. How many coats do you put on and what do you apply it with? I am hoping an additional coat or two may give some improvement.
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Old 04-18-2021, 03:30 AM   #15
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Bob, I put this on the front end cap with hand sponge and with one coat it looked great. On the other hand, I used a sponge mop to do the rear and sides and with one coat there are a lot of streaks, and some drips visible. How many coats do you put on and what do you apply it with? I am hoping an additional coat or two may give some improvement.
Hereís the method I discovered on-line from other users
1) Wash and dry area
2) With a ďMr Clean buffing sponge (Walmart has a cheaper Great Value brand) scrub down the area. Use the sponge dry, not wet.
3) It will slightly dull the surface area, donít worry
4) With a spray bottle ($1 at Walmart or Dollar Tree), fill the ZEP Floor Polish into bottle
5) Micro Fibre cloths work best. Spray polish onto the Micro Fibre

Then wipe and shine, let dry...wipe and shine.
I put 3-4 coats on it

If your rig sits in the sun 24/7, youíll need to re-apply more often (4-6 months)
If the shine flakes a bit from the sun, use the MrClean sponge
Then wipe & shine

If you want to use the spray bottle again suggest you pour remains back into gallon container then wash out bottle thoroughly with water, especially the spray head as it gets clogged once it drys

Iím really happy with the results. I even put some on the stripes & it seems to help.
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We just bought a 2015 Chateau. I've been going over it with a buffer and polishing compound. I follow that up with Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax.
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Old 04-21-2021, 03:13 AM   #17
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I didn't use Zep, but a different brand acrylic floor polish...same thing.

My rig was faded fairly badly and the end result was quite jaw dropping. Amazing really. It looked really great for i'd guess about 6 months....after about a year it was almost back to 'normal'. I'd always intended to followup with maintenance coats but never got around to it....yet anyway...although mine is probably too far gone now.

A few more light coats will likely take care of those streaks, mcpandt. I want to say I did about 4-5 coats...it's been a few years. My prep was a bit more aggressive....scrub with barkeeper's friend followed by a good wash using TSP...then wiped on the floor polish with a rag dampened with the stuff.

More recently I tried Penetrol from the paint store. I'd read it was good for faded glass. It did look almost as good but didn't last as long.
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Old 04-21-2021, 03:17 AM   #18
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ZEP Floor Polish
Works great on the fiberglass, just like a clearcoat
I keep my RV parked under cover when not on the road so that it stays out of the hot sun.
The fiberglass caps look brand new.

Bob, I just want to take a minute to say thanks on the Zep polish tip. I got the second coat applied with microfiber and the coach looks great. Best that it has since we bought it last year. I also noticed that the bugs come off the front much easier as well. Hope this lasts a while.
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Old 04-21-2021, 03:30 AM   #19
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I didn't use Zep, but a different brand acrylic floor polish...same thing.

My rig was faded fairly badly and the end result was quite jaw dropping. Amazing really. It looked really great for i'd guess about 6 months....after about a year it was almost back to 'normal'. I'd always intended to followup with maintenance coats but never got around to it....yet anyway...although mine is probably too far gone now.

A few more light coats will likely take care of those streaks, mcpandt. I want to say I did about 4-5 coats...it's been a few years. My prep was a bit more aggressive....scrub with barkeeper's friend followed by a good wash using TSP...then wiped on the floor polish with a rag dampened with the stuff.

More recently I tried Penetrol from the paint store. I'd read it was good for faded glass. It did look almost as good but didn't last as long.

I was very impressed by the Zep. I could use another coat, maybe this weekend, but it looks so much better. Also we had a long scratch from a tree branch, probably 10 feet long, just under the awning and after two coats I couldn't even find it. It also restored the fading on the decals.
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Old 04-21-2021, 04:11 AM   #20
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Like I said...
You need to stay on it if parked in hot sun for weeks at a time
Use your special sponge to clean off any flaking, dust off, then reapply ZEP with the microfibre towel

I get lots of comments that my “new” RV looks so shiny.
“What year is that?”
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