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    Default Gelcoat maintenance

    Good morning all.
    Iíve been searching for a good trailer to tow my RT since July, and ended up taking Bob Dís & Zips advice and bought a beautiful 2017 black enclosed IronHorse trailer. Should be delivered this coming week. I know gelcoat is different than paint, Iíve done some research but thought Iíd also ask u guys. The IronHorse rep (Jamie English-and he was awesome to work with) kept telling me that the gelcoat finish requires more maintenance than paint. Iím fine w that especially since this trailer matches my truck and is absolutely beautiful, but I have a few questions.
    1) I love Lamonts BD detailer, has anyone used that on gelcoat? Iím assuming itís good to use, but u know what they say about ďassumingĒ. And Iím also thinking of ordering the non aerosol BD.
    2) Should I use ďtraditionalĒ wax on it? Iím scared of creating swirl marks.
    3) If the IronHorse doesnít fit in my garage, is it ok to put one of those Walmart traps over it to protect it from the elements until I tow it?

    Itís been very cold in NY, so I wouldnít even think of waxing/using BD when temps are below freezing, but my family is planning on Escaping NY cold and head to Florida in a couple weeks. So Iíd like to apply some protectant before the trip, and Iíll detail it more when in Florida. Iím meeting up w the Original Chapter of US Spyder Ryders (Central Florida) and want my IronHorse looking its best. But most importantly I want the finish protected.
    As always, thanks in advance.
    Jarred.

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    Gel coat maintenance is very different from painted bodies. Think boats, some RVs and some cars. It's more durable for one. I wouldn't worry about it. Wax can't hurt, but seems unnecessary at this point in the life cycle. What does the manufacturer say?

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    Look into using a product called RejeX. I used it on my boat(s) for years and it is the best I was ever able to find. Just be sure to follow instructions, especially the part about not applying it on a hot day or in direct sunlight. I would also ask the manufacturer about how long the new FRP should "cure" before you apply anything.

    Covering is a double edge sword. It can help slow and reduce oxidation but will cause havoc on the finish if left to flap in the wind. The only real good answer for long term protection while in storage is to store the trailer inside an enclosure (garage)..... Good luck..... Jim
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    Check out FiberGlassRV.com for a very thorough discussion of gel-coat maintenance for a trailer.

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