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    electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    I have an RV with gel coat sides. It has some oxidation. Can I use an 5" electric RO 'sander (adjustable 7,000 to 12,000 RPM) to apply Meguire's 67 cleaner and then a wax? And also what type of pads? (RO has velcro base)
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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by coloradokev View Post
    I have an RV with gel coat sides. It has some oxidation. Can I use an 5" electric RO 'sander (adjustable 7,000 to 12,000 RPM) to apply Meguire's 67 cleaner and then a wax? And also what type of pads? (RO has velcro base)
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    I use red waxing pad to apply Meguire’s Pure Wax #56 on my RV with a Griots RO. For light oxidation I would use #50 cleaner wax with the R0 and start with a waxing pad to see if you get the results needed. If necessary then go up to a mild polishing pad. If heavy oxidation go to the oxidation remover # 49. Prevent reoxidation by semiannual waxing, garaging if possible when not in use, and occasional touch up with ultimate spray bottle quick wax at the campground after using a detail spray to clean off any dust. I haven’t tried yet the RV/boat spray bottle #143 rinse free wash & wax but it sounds like a possible good campground/road alternative.

    Use the RV specific products for any black streaks needed to be removed first before waxing/polishing. I have had success using a foamer on a pressure washer to apply awning cleaners and boat/rv gel coat wash when washing. I personally would never use the pressure washer on an RV except with the foamer.


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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by Velosprout View Post
    I use red waxing pad to apply Meguire’s Pure Wax #56 on my RV with a Griots RO. For light oxidation I would use #50 cleaner wax with the R0 and start with a waxing pad to see if you get the results needed. If necessary then go up to a mild polishing pad. If heavy oxidation go to the oxidation remover # 49. Prevent reoxidation by semiannual waxing, garaging if possible when not in use, and occasional touch up with ultimate spray bottle quick wax at the campground after using a detail spray to clean off any dust. I haven’t tried yet the RV/boat spray bottle #143 rinse free wash & wax but it sounds like a possible good campground/road alternative.

    Use the RV specific products for any black streaks needed to be removed first before waxing/polishing. I have had success using a foamer on a pressure washer to apply awning cleaners and boat/rv gel coat wash when washing. I personally would never use the pressure washer on an RV except with the foamer.


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    So the electric RO sander 7,000 rpm to 12,000 rpm isn't too fast for applying polishing compound/oxidation remover and also wax?

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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    It's all about


    PAD ROTATION


    Do a test. Put a pad on the electric sander. Take a Black Sharpie Marker and draw a line or two on the sides of the pad to make it easy for your eyes to see if the pad is actually rotating.

    Then test out machine applying the cleaner/wax.

    If the pad is rotating - go for it.


    If the pad is just vibrating and jiggling - you're wasting your time.



    Let us know how the test goes.



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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by coloradokev View Post
    So the electric RO sander 7,000 rpm to 12,000 rpm isn't too fast for applying polishing compound/oxidation remover and also wax?
    If its a RO probably OPM instead of RPM.

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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    My RO has 2000 - 6400 orbits per minute rating and for fragile RV gelcoat I tend toward moderate speeds. Yours might be a bit too aggressive.


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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    Its a Craftsman 5" VS RO Sander Model 315.112180. Owner's manual says 7,000 - 12,500 RPM here's the link CRAFTSMAN 315.112180 OPERATOR'S MANUAL Pdf Download | ManualsLib
    So is it OK to apply cleaner wax with light pressure

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    Re: electric RO sander to apply cleaner wax on gelcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by coloradokev View Post
    Its a Craftsman 5" VS RO Sander Model 315.112180. Owner's manual says 7,000 - 12,500 RPM here's the link CRAFTSMAN 315.112180 OPERATOR'S MANUAL Pdf Download | ManualsLib
    So is it OK to apply cleaner wax with light pressure
    I would reserve the sander for sanding and get a vehicle specific random orbital polisher.


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