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  • Best/Recommended cleaner/UV Protectant for vinyl decals?

    I am attempting to preserve and protect the front cap of my 2016 303RLS. I''ve used Wash-n-Wax. It works well, but doesn't do much for the oxidation on the non-decal areas. I've seen a GD recommendation for Turtle-Wax based products. I've also seen some supporting Mequiars Ultimate Wash&Wax. I've recently started using Mequiars Marine/RV Fiberglass Restoration System which includes an Oxidation Remover, High Gloss Polish & Pure Wax. I tried to keep all the products off the vinyl decals, but that's impossible and the decals remain dirty and unprotected. What's the best to use that also removes the oxidation? Or should I just use the Oxidation Remover and then use the Wash-n-Wax, Turtle-wax, or Mequiars Ultimate Wash&Wax? Or, is there a better product out there? Thanks!
    Michael & Nyla
    2016 Reflection 303RLS
    2014 RAM Laramie Diesel 2500

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    The fiberglass restoration products work well on oxidized gelcoat but they are not designed for painted surfaces. On my Imagine, the front cap is painted in automotive paint so heavy abrasives should not be used like a fiberglass restorer/cleaner. Once the cap is washed, you can use a polisher with an auto glaze found in auto paint suppliers to remove any road grime and micro scratching while staying clear of the decals. Then follow up with a good quality auto wax. This will provide that ultra smooth surface that it looks like your after.

    I use the Meguiar's Ultimate wash and wax and find that if I clean the cap before and after each trip the cap looks like new.

    Jim
    2017 Imagine 2600RB
    2015 GMC Sierra 4x4

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    • #3
      303 Aerospace Protectant. Clean the rig and apply 303 to the decals first. This will then prevent accidentally applied wax products from adhering to the decals. 303 is also one of the best protectants against UV rays and the damage they cause.

      Rob
      Rob & Laura
      U.S. Army Retired (Rob)
      2012 F350 DRW CC Lariat PS 6.7, PullRite OE 18K
      2020 Solitude 310GK-R, MORryde IS and disc brakes, solar, DP windows
      (Previously in a 2016 Reflection 337RLS)
      Full time since 08/2015

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Second Chance View Post
        303 Aerospace Protectant. Clean the rig and apply 303 to the decals first. This will then prevent accidentally applied wax products from adhering to the decals. 303 is also one of the best protectants against UV rays and the damage they cause.

        Rob
        If you have LED lighting strips on the front of your rig, applying 303 might keep them from breaking down, too. The original strips on my 1.5 yr old 315RLTS cracked and peeled due to sun / UV exposure. GD was kind enough to replace them (without me even asking) when my trailer was in their repair facility for a completely different issue. I now regularly apply 303 to them in hopes they don't fall apart again so quickly.
        Forum moderators are not GD employees--we are volunteers and owners presumably just like yourself. Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, we have nothing to gain should you choose to purchase a product or engage a service we discuss on this forum.

        Howard, 2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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        • #5
          I've heard that 303 Aero Prot is recommended for rubber tires as well. Much better than Armor-All which I've heard is the worst thing for tires.
          Scott M. Barlag, RV Product Specialist, Camp-Land RV, Burns Harbor, IN

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