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    Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Any of us with older units really tend to envy all the bright, new and shiny Heartlands we see...well got tired of the envy thing and decided to do something about it!

    Our '08 Bighorn, built in July '07, was starting to show her age, mainly due to being out in the scorching sun for more than five years....almost exclusively in the southern states. She had really lost her luster, especially on the caps, and the off-door side, which got the most direct sun all winter in the RGV...WELL...look at her now!! We spent three days using a process that stripped everything off, all wax, etc. and then put four coats of Red Max Pro, an acrylic high-shine floor finish...we are absolutely amazed at the results!!

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    Look at how she shines as pretty as that brand new Redwood she's next to! Her graphics look brand new, I can see my reflection even in the cap and all the blotchy, patchy looking areas from years of waxing are smooth and shiny again! And this is after towing her over a 1,000 miles and she really needs a bath. The best part is, to keep her looking this good, just have to give her a regular good washing, let her dry completely and add another coat of RMP once or twice a year. This stuff does NOT yellow or build up...really keeps her looking good...the prep work however as a REAL JOB!! But that's done now...

    Did months of research on this process, saw many, many like results before jumping in and giving it a try...so glad we did!!
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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Wow, does look like new! Great job!

    Can you give us a play-by-play of the prep-work? Was it done by hand, or use an orbital waxer? How many people and hours did it take? Did you have to be out of direct sun during the process?

    Would love this finish on our rig!!

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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Wow Kathy - your coach looks amazing!
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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    any "before" pictures?

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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Wow, it looks great!

    Floor wax, who would have thunk it? Trace
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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    Wow, does look like new! Great job!

    Can you give us a play-by-play of the prep-work? Was it done by hand, or use an orbital waxer? How many people and hours did it take? Did you have to be out of direct sun during the process?

    Would love this finish on our rig!!



    Erika
    Erika...here is a link to the complete instructions on how to do this restoration. Believe me when I say, the prep work is the MOST important part!! It took two of us about 8 hours a day for three days...we're no spring chickens so we took our time. If at all possible do in the shade...we kinda followed the sun around the rig, especially when applying the RMP, it dries very quickly. This is all by hand, there is no using a sander involved...probably the most work was the Bar Keepers Friend application which removes the marks and streaks...we used a 3M fine white scubbie...and remember...RINSE, RINSE AND RINSE AGAIN!! Not sure if you rig is Filon or High Gloss Gelcoat to begin with, if it is Filon you results may not be as dramatic...but trust me it will make it look great!!

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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Wow! I wonder if it would be a good idea to do on a new one . . . hmmmm
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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Quote Originally Posted by readytohitheroad View Post
    any "before" pictures?
    The first pic is from several months ago before we left the RGV. She still had some shine, but she was really starting to look worn out. The second pic is from just before Gillette...I spent an entire day Dri Wash N Guarding the rig...it's clean but the rear cap is still dull and listless...

    Check out the rear cap from today...even with road grime all over it, you can see the reflection of the ladder and all the shine around the tail lights, etc. The last pic is from today of the door side...I'm still amazed...
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    '2013 Landmark Key Largo, Fullbody Paint and virtually every option PLUS Mor Ryde IS and Disc Brakes - Our Dream Coach!!

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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Quote Originally Posted by RCF View Post
    Wow! I wonder if it would be a good idea to do on a new one . . . hmmmm
    If you have full body paint, or your gelcoat still takes wax well...I'd say NO!! We had gotten to the point that waxing just didn't really do anything and the finish was looking real "splotchy"...removing the wax and finish was our only real option. Even tried compounding it last year...looked OK, but nothing like this!!!
    Ken & Kathy - H.O.C. #1077
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    '2013 Landmark Key Largo, Fullbody Paint and virtually every option PLUS Mor Ryde IS and Disc Brakes - Our Dream Coach!!

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    Re: Red Max Pro on a Fiver!! WOW!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TandT View Post
    Wow, it looks great!

    Floor wax, who would have thunk it? Trace
    I know...that's why it took us so long to research it!! We did it at a friends place, Pulltab here on the forum. He thought we were crazy when we told him what we were about to do...after it was done, he admitted he was really impressed...and trust me, Tab's not easily impressed!!
    Ken & Kathy - H.O.C. #1077
    '17 GMC 3500HD Denali 4WD DRW Long Bed w/Nav, Sunroof, Curt 24Q, WIFI, Sprayed liner, Deep Ruby Metallic!
    '2013 Landmark Key Largo, Fullbody Paint and virtually every option PLUS Mor Ryde IS and Disc Brakes - Our Dream Coach!!

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