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Old 05-10-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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wax or no wax

Ok when waxing my TT my neighbor said don't do the graphics they will shrink, never heard that. So do you wax them or not.


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Old 05-10-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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You don't. But the graphics will shrink anyway. They just last longer without wax on them.


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Old 05-10-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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Hmmmm......I have always been told to wax the graphics right along with the rest of the vehicle. Helps keep them from fading.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:30 PM   #4
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Most of the graphics/decals on RV's are a vinyl material and contain UV inhibitors. The challenge is to maintain the UV protection so they don't fade or start decomposing.

I use 303 Aerospace Protectant on my Filon surface and decals with great results over the years. I've also heard that Meguiars #20 Liquid Polymer Sealant produces great protection and results as well.

A friend of mine who paints custom show cars once told me that most auto waxes won't harm RV graphics/decals, but the RV's with the textured aluminum siding can be a hassle cleaning the wax out of all the little surface impressions.


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Old 05-10-2011, 11:56 PM   #5
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I would like to peel most of the decals off our trailer but I don't think Sallie would go along with the idea. I think peeling them off before the sun makes the paint a slightly different color would be a good idea. I would like to just leave the Eagle on the front and have a body shop paint some swirls that match my truck on the sides.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:19 AM   #6
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I wax the stickers on the sides of my RVs every 6 months. Done it for years and years without problems.

Perhaps the wax chemical isn't the problem. I wonder if people "rub and rub" the wax too much, and this over rubbing makes the graphic's edges lift. Then, the graphic stickers start to peel off. I wonder if that's the true root cause of some RV stickers coming off?

Regardless, waxing and waxing with Mequires RV wax #50 (or Meguires auto wax "cleaner / wax") works great for me... Easy rub on and easy rub off.

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Old 05-12-2011, 12:04 PM   #7
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I didn't think it would shrink them that much or to fast to make a difference.
I used meguiar's nxt generation tech wax 2.0 got to one of the easiest to put on and take off waxes I used. Super shine and slick.

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Old 05-12-2011, 12:52 PM   #8
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Smile Wax or no wax

I too use the 303 works great, use it on the roof also, 303 is also great for the rubber gaskets on the slide outs.

I also use Scrubbing Bubbles foaming shower cleaner to clean the bugs off the front of the trailer and my truck bumper and bug deflector. Just spray let it foam and rinse it off. My wife said it cleans the fiberglass shower, so the RV is fiberglass, works great. Sam's club has a good deal on 3 cans. Can't find a great deal on 303, but it is worth the price

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