RV decals come in many shapes, sizes, and materials. Often what is looked at as a decal, is really painted graphics. Our first goal will be to identify the various types of RV graphics and decals one might come across.
Once we have determined what type of decals we are working with, then we can discuss care and maintenance of the decals you might find on your motorhome, toy trailer, RV, etc. My experience has shown that most people confuse the various types of graphics, and therefore remain confused as to what is considered proper care of these visual enhancements.
What Do I do?
While this seems obvious, the point is that when it comes to our RV's, we cannot automatically assume that traditional car care products will work. Actually, most car care products will work, the main difference between cars and RV's has more to do with the size of these things.
Reserved mostly to the high end market of RV's, these forms of expensive home on wheels, come with specialized building methods and graphics. The siding on these "diesel pushers" are fully painted, with fully painted graphics.
The most common among RV's and toy haulers are the FRP, or "fiberglass reinforced plywood". This type of manufactured RV makes up the bulk of the RV market. The RV decals used on these are traditional vinyl graphics made to be semi-permanent, and usually contain UV inhibitors to reduce fading.
The difficulty with maintenance on these is the uneven surfaces of the corrugated panels. To make things even worse, these "tongue and groove" (my term) aluminum panels are very often the textured variety. Waxing and removing wax becomes very problematic due to all the tiny nuances of the textured panels.
As a general rule, any traditional car wax can be used on RV decals and graphics. The same protection you apply for the paint and fiberglass siding, will also benefit the decals and graphics.
When it comes waxing your RV's, toy haulers, msotorhomes, boats, etc. I recommend two specific products. These are not the only ones that work, but two that work are readily available.Meguiar's Polymer Sealant #20
Because most RV owners are looking to wax less often, rather than more often, I recommend a quality liquid polymer sealant. These modern day engineered wonders will outlast a traditional carnauba paste wax 10 to 1. This one from Meguiar's is a prefect solution for fighting the elements your RV's are required to endure. Suitable for use over any of your smooth vinyl RV decals. If your RV decals have any form of texture to them, I would recommend the spray wax below as an alternative.
Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax is a spray detailer and wax all in one. Use as a stand alone wax after using the clay bar, or to enhance and refresh any wax already on your paints finish. This product is so easy to use, and very light in consistency, I actually use this as a Quik Detailer; this way I am also getting added wax protection and enhancement each time. Recommended for any dark colored cars after washing for added depth and glossing. Ideal for hot climates, as can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint.
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