Let me guess...
you are here looking for the best RV cleaner wax? But what if I told you that a cleaner wax for your RV is not always the best choice.
I accept the appeal of being able to not only wax your RV, but simultaneously removing some oxidation and staining from your RV with a your choice in a top rated cleaner wax.
What if I told you that not all RV's are created equal, and a cleaner wax may not be the most ideal route for you?
"I have found that most RV owners don't understand their RV. They don't understand the actual material they might be working on, and therefore don't actually go looking for the most appropriate product for their RV."
In the name of simplicity, I am going to break down the subject into two distinct types of RV's that comprise 99% of all RV's out there. Most likely your RV or trailer will fit into one of these categories.
(If by chance you have one of the odd-ball versions, I will address those in my actual RV cleaner wax recommendations.)
And the ironic part of this is that really, both types of RV's are actually of the same construction. The only difference is that one has been painted, while the other is left unpainted.
And that is the critical factor you need to understand before you go shopping for the best RV cleaner wax.
Fiberglass and Gelcoat: The problem with these two terms is that very few people understand the difference. Gelcoat is actually the top layer of your RV that you will be dealing with. Gelcoat is a polyester resin that is applied directly over the wood sidewalls of your RV that give it that durable and shiny appearance.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass in the context of building RV's is used as reinforcement of the sidewalls. The fiberglass can be in the form of a textile fabric made with woven glass filaments, or simply glass fibers that have been added to the resin matrix or composite. Not every RV will be made using fiberglass as a reinforcement and matters not at this point.
Gelcoat: Gelcoat is the top layer and is the critical part of the equation here as this is the top layer or surface material you will be dealing with as an RV owner. The only difference comes as to whether you have an RV where the manufacturer has painted the gelcoat surface just like a car is painted, or the gelcoat is left exposed.
The point should be clear that you as an RV owner you are contending with gelcoat that is either bare (typically white or a light beige) or has been painted.
Gelcoat is also the same material that boats and bathtubs are made with as the top coat. If you are a boat owner, the only difference is that boats are generally made with color pigments added to the gelcoat process to create the colors, where RV's are either painted like cars, or decorated using cheap (yes I said it) vinyl graphics.
Gelcoat is a great material to manufacture with as it is cheap to use, strong, and durable. The problem is that it is also very prone to oxidizing as it is exposed to the elements of weather, sun, and dirt.
What: An RV cleaner wax is a two-in-one product that removes oxidation and staining from your RV while at the same time leaving a layer of protection in the form of waxes. silicones, or synthetic sealants.
Why: To remove light oxidation while applying a coat of wax or sealant.
When: This is really the million dollar question of this page. And this is where most people get tripped up. The simple answer is that any RV cleaner wax can be used on your RV whether it is painted or unpainted gelcoat. But RV cleaner waxes are actually designed to be used on the un-painted gelcoat RV's where the siding becomes dull, chalky, blotchy, and stained.
If your RV, boat, or toy hauler have little to no oxidation I recommend a simple cleaner wax like the one's below. What most people don't realize that even if your boat or RV has some shine to it, there is always going to be some degree of oxidation and a cleaner wax is always my first pick even if I think the RV or boat is in excellent condition and appears to have no oxidation.
A quality cleaner wax will always prove to deliver better results over a straight RV or marine wax and is a great way to maintain your RV or boat in excellent condition.
Many of you will be up against serious levels of oxidation and only the most aggressive compounds will prove effective. While these types of heavy compounds seem scary to most, you need to understand that because gelcoat is such a tough and durable material, it would be very difficult to mess up. This is not car paint you are working on!
In closing, I hope I have helped you become an informed consumer with my page on RV cleaner wax, and helped your relationship between you and your RV become a better one!
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