washing caravan

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 08:35
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What is the best detergent to wash our fibre glass caravan?
Would like something with a wax content to put some sort of a shine on it.
Cheers, Nev.
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Reply By: GarryR - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 10:02

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 10:02
Try chemtech CT20 wash and wax. You can pick it up from Supercheap. Great for washing the ute and the truck, and have no complaints. I've used it for several years. Not sure of other brands.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 11:40

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 11:40
I use the Car Wash to clean and then douse it in the Wax option.
I probably do it at least twice a year as I come home.
Might be a bit hard now I have a full size van but that means I won't be spending as much time up the ladder!

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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 12:15

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 12:15
Here is an issue that most have no clue about when they buy a fiberglass "thing".

Fiberglass unlike good paint, is porous and not naturally glossy, it is also not highly UV durable.
It looks great when its new and the manufacturer does not have to paint it.

BUT when it gets some age too it ( not much age) it gets dull, dirt and mould stick to it exceptionally well.

To get the dirt, grime, mould and degraded surface material off you need to physically scrub it, with a rag or a not so softish brush, no matter what detergent you use.

The good thing about fiberglass is the colour is thick ..... like up to several mm, pretty much most things will buff out ....... A pretty uggly fibreglass thing can be braught to looking pretty damn fine with some compound followed by a good polish.

the problem with any aggressive cleaner is that it will take off any wax that is there.

If you want a wax job to last on fibreglass it has to be rubbed in well and several coats .......

all this is not so bad ...... a good wax job will make the thing easier to clean ..... and when an aggressive detergent IS used, it will take the wax off and take pretty bad dirt with it.

If all this sounds too much, there are guys around who specialise in detailing fiberglass boats ..... it might be worth getting one of these guys do it once a year or so.

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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 18:33

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 18:33
Fibreglass is fibreglass, no resin, just glass strands or mat. Your surface is Gelcoat and that can be managed, It is the same as paint, if it gets oxidised by the sun it has to be cut back to original. Then it has to be polished to stop further deterioration.

Once you have done that any vehicle polish will do the job.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 19:48

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 19:48
Gel coat shouldn't be several millimetres thick of it will crack, gel coat is porous & needs sealing, epoxy glass isn't porous.
As mentioned below, a good boat wash & fibreglass polish is good.

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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Monday, Oct 10, 2016 at 00:16

Monday, Oct 10, 2016 at 00:16
Gellcoat is like mm rather than paint would be microns.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Oct 10, 2016 at 09:41

Monday, Oct 10, 2016 at 09:41
18 to 24 mils above the waterline or .45 to .6mm

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Reply By: Dean K3 - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 16:36

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 16:36
along lines of what bantum has said - suss out whitworths marine or similar chandelry store for boat top coat restorer wax etc.

If it works on a boat within a marine environment be ok for a caravan in my books
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Reply By: steved58 - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 20:18

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 20:18
I use fibreglass restorer and wax twice a year my caravan is permanently stored outside still looks new at 7 years old you can purchase fibreglass wax and restorer from bcf it mainly used for boats and I wash with ct20 truck wash works great
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Reply By: swampy - Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 20:25

Sunday, Oct 09, 2016 at 20:25
hi
for regular carwash wash n wax
for 6mthly use a ""cleaner wax"" marine or auto [one shot application ]

Other recommended products
Farecla

UV wax I suspect this has natural canuba
Polymer wax This is synthetic which lasts longer in harsh enviroments

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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 08:22

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 08:22
Thanks for all the info. Always get heaps of advice on this site, thanks again and happy travels.
Cheers. Neville G.
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Reply By: Ralph78 - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 08:26

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 08:26
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