The Newmar Full-Paint Masterpiece Finish is one of the most stunning and durable in the industry.
It is also one of the more demanding finishes to detail because of the overall size of our motorhome.
I started to detail the Castaway yesterday. I was able to complete the rear cap, the front windshield and the lower front cap. The rear cap turned out to be fairly straightforward.
The weather has to cooperate. It is always best to wash and detail a vehicle when it is cool and there is no direct sun.
I used a two bucket system for the initial wash. Both buckets have a capacity of 5 gallons and both buckets have a grit guard. The grit guard fits in the bottom of the bucket and extracts grit from the wash mitt. The dirt settles at the bottom of the bucket so your wash water stays clean.
One bucket holds the wash. I use Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash and Shampoo and Conditioner. Terrific product.
The second bucket holds rinse water.
I have a microfiber wash mitt and a microfiber wash pad on an extension pole. Given the height of the Castaway, I have to use a pole to reach the top areas of the vehicle.
I gave the area a good rinse and then washed the rear cap from the top down. I refreshed the wash mitt and the wash pad frequently. On the top area of the rear cap, six times and on the bottom area of the rear cap, six times. I refreshed by rinsing out the pad or mitt in the rinse water bucket and then loaded new soap from the wash water bucket.
Once washed, I gave the area another good rinse. And then it was time to dry.
I have a lot of microfiber drying towels. They absorb so much water that I was able to do the rear cap of the Castaway with three towels. For the upper part, I had to be on an 8-foot step ladder, barely high enough to reach the very top of the coach. I carried two towels with me. One to absorb most of the water and the second to lift off whatever water remained on the surface.
Given the width of the rear cap, I had to reposition the ladder four times to cover all of the top areas.
Now that this area was clean and dry, I could apply the paint sealant. I am using Rejex for the coach. From their website:
RejeX is a water-clear, thin film polymer coating designed to provide an ultra-high-release surface. RejeX is commonly used as a paint sealant providing a high-performance alternative to conventional wax-based products to maximize protection and shine on vehicles of all sorts, including aircraft, cars, motorcycles, boats and RVs.
Very straightforward product to apply. Just like a wax, a small amount of product gets applied to the surface and, once it dries to a haze, buff to a high-gloss shine.
Rejex wants 12 hours to cure so I had to check the weather to make sure I would get those 12 hours. And I did. The rear cap looks great. I spent roughly 2 hours on the rear cap.
The front cap was a lot more involved because of the windshield.
For the windshield, I clayed the glass, I polished the glass, and I applied two coats of water repellant followed by a lengthy buffing session. The water repellant was challenging to buff out. I used Griot’s glass treatment products all around.
Because the windshield is so large and so high, I had to use the step ladder for the entire process. I divided the windshield into four zones and went to work. All told, it took about 4 hours just to do the windshield.
As I started to run out of time, I could only apply sealant to the bottom half of the front cap.
The water repellant is impressive. I could see the morning dew literally run off the windshield.
My mission later today? Complete one side of the Castaway. I am planning to tackle driver’s side.