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The Effects of Oxidation on RV Gel Coats

July 7, 2022

Did you know that with just a few routine steps, you can do to help protect your RV's gel coat finish and keep it looking new for years to come? Oxidation is the number one enemy of gel coat finishes, so it's important to be aware of the effects it can have and take steps to prevent it. In this post, we'll discuss what oxidation is, how it affects RV gel coats and tips on protecting your investment. Read on for more information!


What is your RV made of?


Most RV exteriors are made of durable materials like fiberglass or reinforced plastic with a gel coat finish. These lightweight, dependable pieces make the perfect choice for long-distance travelers who need their vehicles to last on the roadways as long as possible!


What protects the exterior?


Gelcoat is a layer of transparent, tough polymer film that bonds to the surface that it's applied to. It gives your RV its beautiful shine and protects from UV rays. This protective coating will wear away over time for several reasons - even the air outside is one of the worst offenders.


If you travel or if you leave the RV parked, the natural process of oxidation takes place.  This causes your RV to turn cloudy and yellow. This happens because oxygen naturally occurring in the air reacts with gel coat molecules causing them to change color over time.


How do I keep an RV looking new?


Owning an RV, you know from time to time, the finish on your vehicle can get neglected. Washing and waxing a large motorhome is no easy task, but it's necessary to maintain its resale value and keep up appearances.


Washing and waxing your RV regularly will help prevent the elements from damaging its exterior. A monthly wash (with waxing as needed) is standard practice for those who want to keep their RV looking its best.

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