When I bought my RV, I could tell it needed to be buffed. The fiberglass exterior was showing some oxidation.
I don’t have any photos that could show it because it just isn’t the kind of thing which is easy to capture in a photo. But, essentially, there were sections of the fiberglass where the surface was looking a little chalky and dull.
This oxidation is something that happens to fiberglass as a result of being exposed to the elements. Especially here in Florida, the sun’s UV can take a poll on the fiberglass.
The solution is to wax it. The wax provides a protective layer that helps keep the UV off the fiberglass.
The buffing, however, will help remove the oxidation and restore the shine that the RV had when it was new.
I ended up hiring Stainless Detailing to do it for me. I’ll tell you more about it, but first, here’s a short video to show the results:
So, why hire it out when I could have done it myself?
Well, the big reason was: I didn’t want to do it myself. 🙂
Michael with Stainless Detailing, along with the help of 2 other people, took about 6 hours to do this job. They also have all the materials needed for it. And in the end, I paid them $375 for the entire job. Considering a decent buffer would probably cost me $100 or so – plus chemicals – I figure it was just worth it to save my time. Plus, since this is his job, he’ll do a far better job than I would.
Stainless Detailing is a husband/wife team and most of their business comes from word of mouth. I found them via a Facebook thread and we connected via Messenger. They do RVs, boats, trailers, cars. Even airplanes. They are based in Deltona, Florida however they will drive to most places within central Florida at no extra charge. You can also contact them via their Facebook page.
They did a great job and I’d recommend them.
And, don’t forget to safeguard the fiberglass of your RV. Ideally, you’d wax it every 6 months or so. I’m not sure if I’ll do it quite that often. Certainly, I won’t hire it done every time. But, it took some extra grunt work to remove the oxidation that had built up before I bought this rig and it was more than worth it for me to pay somebody else to take care of it.