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Making the Outside Shine - Part 1

posted Jun 11, 2011, 6:26 AM by Budd Nash   [ updated Jun 11, 2011, 7:34 AM ]

Our 1999 King of the Road has the usual fiberglass skin and molded fiberglass end caps with an EPDM rubber roof.  Over the past 7 years I have tried to keep it looking newer and a big part of that is how "fresh" the surfaces appear.  I have worked with waxes, silicone products, various cleaners, scrubbers and pressure washers and nothing seems to last for long. In fact, few things have even made it look pretty good. The rest gave only various grades of clean with little or no shine at all.

Granted, we live in the mildew belt of North Carolina and that makes any active cleaning work under hourly challenge.  But honestly, short of PoliGlow, nothing has been able to give it a new look, again. PoliGlow has a reputation of being a great solution for boats and RVs and the testimonials of those that have used it are broad and strong... but with caveats.

PoliGlow is pretty pricey, too, when one has a 40' anything and there is significant manual labor involved. There is also some risk that if the conditions are marginal or the instructions are not closely followed, the results can be disappointing at best. Despite the testimonials, my middle name is Murphy and I know that if anything can go wrong, it will, if I have anything to do with it.  So, PoliGlow has been on a back burner for a few years as an elective if I ever feel lucky.

But recently, I discovered in an Escapees Forum thread, which referenced folks successfully using a floor product called Red Max Pro #3.  Their claims are that it is just like PoliGlow but only about $15/Gallon!  That I am willing to risk some $$$ and personal elbow grease to test so yesterday, I bought a gallon along with a can of Barkeepers friend and some Magic Erasers to round out the kit. A lot of discussion about it, how to use it and results are in the "Check This out NOT Poliglow... " thread on the forums.

Most of the  people that have used Red Max Pro #3 have chosen to prep the surfaces with the Barkeepers Friend powder and use the 3M ScotchBrite pads to do heavy scrubbing.  These pads do come in several grades of aggression but I found many years ago that the green ones will scratch window glass so have shied away from using them on any polished or sealed surfaces.  Magic Erasers, on the other hand, are made from fibrous materials like Masonite and I have not seen any evidence that they scratch hard glossy surfaces.  They do seem to work quite well with some cleansers, like Simple Green, to help remove a lot of things from fiberglass, rubber gaskets and vinyl trim strips. 

So, I am ready to get it clean and shiny... just as soon as I feel like it.


The Remote Control Corral

posted Jun 2, 2011, 4:13 PM by Budd Nash   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 2:02 PM ]

In a house, managing all the remotes for TV, Cable box, Satellite dish, DVD/VCR players, etc. is a real bother.  In an RV, it is downright aggravating because of very limited table top spaces and the packup/unpack rituals that surround each move. 

I know that there are multi-device remotes available and I have a few but they all fail, in one way or another, to completely control all units and their features like I want.  Thus, I am constantly trying to round up this heard wild controls to find the one I need right now.

I have successfully used Velcro for mounting controllers for years and just needed to get focused on a more complete solution that will hold up through use and moves and keep all of them handy but out of the way.

At present, I am using the CLEAR 3/4" Velcro tape and have found that it is almost invisible on the our wallpaper when a remote is not on it.  The Sticky Back verson has thinner pads so it holds things closer to the surface and that is a help on a vertical surface, like a wall.

With a little work, most of the controllers can be positioned so that they operate their units without having to be removed from the wall and that is even better than having to find the one you need after a move.

 It is a work in progress so this is currently in the "try this" prototyping stage but so far, I am very pleased.  At some point, there may be some rearrangement for convenience and I am thinking of a few patches on the bookcase between our chairs but Mer never uses a remote, anyway, so that may not be a pressing matter.


posted Feb 10, 2011, 8:56 PM by Budd Nash   [ updated Jun 2, 2011, 4:30 PM ]

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