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Old 08-04-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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Did you contact Jayco directly or go through your dealer? This is a very common problem and most everyone is getting it covered. I would definitely try and go through the dealer if you didn't. They probably have more "pull".
I contacted Jayco directly.

Considering that, as said earlier, the front of my RV is a giant Jayco billboard, you would think they would really want for it to look as good as possible. It's somewhat sad that I would have to fight for this rather than for them to appreciate that I simply asked them directly without being difficult and while telling them that I was otherwise pretty happy with my RV.

This is the sort of thing that makes you wonder how other manufacturers would handle the same situation if they were contacted directly with the same issue. Would they step up and fix it because it shouldn't be doing this after 18 months? Would they try not to have to deal with it? How well they stand behind their product makes a pretty big difference to me as to what I decide to do in the future.

I am 44 years old and will probably be buying several more RVs in the future. Hmm...
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:05 PM   #12
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Cool

Newbold1, what brand of wax did you use? Did you use a buffer of any type? My dealer told me to do a light buffing.
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Newbold1, what brand of wax did you use? Did you use a buffer of any type? My dealer told me to do a light buffing.
Previously... I really don't remember. Meguiar's most likely. I seem to have that brand often. This time I happened to have a Turtle Wax Formula 2001 and used it.

Jayco's e-mail to me said to use Meguiar's. Actually, the e-mail said to use Mequire's which made me laugh a little.

I was going to use a rotary buffer but realized I didn't have any of the cloths for it. So, I just used elbow grease this time and will use the buffer next time.

It looks pretty good right now but we'll see how fast it goes right back to that chalky look. I've seen far worse but I always assumed those were RVs that were not being maintained. Mine is maintained so it bugs me for it to look like it might be getting neglected.
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It looks good after you waxed it. I am going to tackle mine next weekend.

I am a little behind on maintenance of mine as I bought it used. According to the dealer the previous owner only used it a season and only a couple times then so I think it was left parked and unattended. There were things that needed tending to when I bought it; the dealer took care of some of it but I fixed some other stuff myself.

I have washed ours a couple of times this season already using RV wash/wax; however, I am going to lay on the wax to the front and back (tan parts). I am not sure about using a paste wax on the side due to all the decals that will have to be worked around. Any thoughts about that?
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The condition that you are dealing with is oxidation. It occurs as a result of a breakdown in the gelcoat finish on laminated or fiberglass surfaces, allowing pigmentation from the paint to leech up through the gelcoat. This is a natural condition caused by prolonged exposure to the sun over extended periods of time. It will occur to all gelcoat or fiberglass surfaces (boats & RV's) over time & is unavoidable. Once it starts occurring, it can't be reversed, only delayed. If the oxidation is severe enough, the boat or trailer must be cleaned with an acid bath using meruiatic acid. This should only be done by a professional, as a special suit & respirator must be worn to prevent contact with the skin & lungs. The stuff is powerful! Nothing else will remove the oxidized chalk from the surface. Once that is done, application of a high quality polymer (marine products are best & can be picked up at any good boat shop) and will adhere to the surface for 6-8 weeks before reapplication is necessary. A paste wax will only last about 30 days before reapplication is necessary to prevent the chalk from starting to surface again. Hope this helps!
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One more thing....don't use a high speed buffer to apply the wax or polymer as you can burn through the finish with it if you're not careful. If you choose to use a buffer, use a low spped random orbital buffer that you can pick up at most any auto supply store. They work well for applying wax & buffing it out. Plus, you'll be less apt to damage light fixtures, gutters or other protrusions on your trailer from having a high speed buffer bumping into stuff & breaking it right off your unit! Then you'll have something else that needs fixing!
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The condition that you are dealing with is oxidation. It occurs as a result of a breakdown in the gelcoat finish on laminated or fiberglass surfaces, allowing pigmentation from the paint to leech up through the gelcoat. This is a natural condition caused by prolonged exposure to the sun over extended periods of time. It will occur to all gelcoat or fiberglass surfaces (boats & RV's) over time & is unavoidable. Once it starts occurring, it can't be reversed, only delayed. If the oxidation is severe enough, the boat or trailer must be cleaned with an acid bath using meruiatic acid. This should only be done by a professional, as a special suit & respirator must be worn to prevent contact with the skin & lungs. The stuff is powerful! Nothing else will remove the oxidized chalk from the surface. Once that is done, application of a high quality polymer (marine products are best & can be picked up at any good boat shop) and will adhere to the surface for 6-8 weeks before reapplication is necessary. A paste wax will only last about 30 days before reapplication is necessary to prevent the chalk from starting to surface again. Hope this helps!
This is pretty much what I expected.
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One more thing....don't use a high speed buffer to apply the wax or polymer as you can burn through the finish with it if you're not careful. If you choose to use a buffer, use a low speed random orbital buffer that you can pick up at most any auto supply store. They work well for applying wax & buffing it out. Plus, you'll be less apt to damage light fixtures, gutters or other protrusions on your trailer from having a high speed buffer bumping into stuff & breaking it right off your unit! Then you'll have something else that needs fixing!
I have a low speed random orbital buffer. But, I need some new pads for it so wasn't able to use it.

In any case, its disappointing to have the oxidization happening in 18 months. Especially considering that I do wash my trailer and I have applied wax. Certainly not on a monthly basis though. I don't know who really has time to was an RV every 30 days. Maybe a full-timer... even then... I doubt anyone is that vigilant about it.

I guess some day I am going to be refinishing the front cap. Hopefully, I can change it from beige to white in order to reduce the amount of heat absorbed from the sun.
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It looks good after you waxed it. I am going to tackle mine next weekend.

I am a little behind on maintenance of mine as I bought it used. According to the dealer the previous owner only used it a season and only a couple times then so I think it was left parked and unattended. There were things that needed tending to when I bought it; the dealer took care of some of it but I fixed some other stuff myself.

I have washed ours a couple of times this season already using RV wash/wax; however, I am going to lay on the wax to the front and back (tan parts). I am not sure about using a paste wax on the side due to all the decals that will have to be worked around. Any thoughts about that?
It likely wouldn't hurt anything but it could be a pain to get it all buffed off. The sides seem not to have as much a problem. I see most are the upper portion of the front cap. I have to think it is probably because of the orientation of that section to the sun overhead and the UV rays plus heat in general just beat the heck out of it. The dark brown rear of my trailer still looks brand new and all I have done there is to wash it once in a while.
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I contacted Jayco directly.

Considering that, as said earlier, the front of my RV is a giant Jayco billboard, you would think they would really want for it to look as good as possible. It's somewhat sad that I would have to fight for this rather than for them to appreciate that I simply asked them directly without being difficult and while telling them that I was otherwise pretty happy with my RV.

This is the sort of thing that makes you wonder how other manufacturers would handle the same situation if they were contacted directly with the same issue. Would they step up and fix it because it shouldn't be doing this after 18 months? Would they try not to have to deal with it? How well they stand behind their product makes a pretty big difference to me as to what I decide to do in the future.

I am 44 years old and will probably be buying several more RVs in the future. Hmm...
No. Other manufacturers wouldn't do squat. I just traded my Cougar. It did the same thing except in about 13 months. Went from dark gray to to almost white. They didn't care. Jayco is the only one I know of that has been reprinting these things. You might try going through the dealer. Many people here have all had it done and I believe they all went through there dealers. Also, don't forget dealers make money from Jayco when they do warranty repairs so they have incentive to convince Jayco to do it. The people at Jayco that answer phones aren't helpful. I have experience there too. I spoke with the VP about 4 years ago. He called me directly. It was my dealer that made it happen because I was pissed.
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