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Old 08-31-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default Help me keep my 818 clean?

Hey guys, I have an 818R. It's fiberglass and will get beat up a bit, but I wanted to know if anyone has tips on caring for the fiberglass/gel coat. Here is what it looks like.






Right now I use GooGone for the heavy tire deposits after driving it (especially on the rear), and then a microfiber with Quick Detailer to "wash" it. Regular car wash soap and a mitt didn't do very much for cleaning it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:29 PM   #2
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That is a SICK race car dude did you build it from the kit?

For cleaning you could probably use boat wash solution. Some of the boat solutions might be better because they contain acids with certain pH level to dissolve stuff bonded to the coat without harming it. You might need to scrub a little harder than you would on a normal clear coated car or even scrub with a brush like you would a boat.. If you're going for shine then a polish would be needed.

As far as protecting it I would use a high quality marine wax used for fiberglass. They are designed for boat hulls and are super resilient. Check your local West Marine or online retailer like Amazon.

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Old 08-31-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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Collinite 845 is a good marine wax.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:56 PM   #4
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That is a SICK race car dude did you build it from the kit?

For cleaning you could probably use boat wash solution. Some of the boat solutions might be better because they contain acids with certain pH level to dissolve stuff bonded to the coat without harming it. You might need to scrub a little harder than you would on a normal clear coated car or even scrub with a brush like you would a boat.. If you're going for shine then a polish would be needed.

As far as protecting it I would use a high quality marine wax used for fiberglass. They are designed for boat hulls and are super resilient. Check your local West Marine or online retailer like Amazon.
Haha I sure did. Here's the thread- http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showthread.php?13414-Frank-s-818R-build

I appreciate the advice. I've gotta look towards boats! I like it
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:01 AM   #5
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give it a good decontamination wash, clay, and blow dry, then polish, look into a longterm coating such as Beeds, Carbon Collective, Quartz, opti... or a good traditional paste sealant like DaddyO from Shine Supply, or Menzerna Power Lock. top off with a wax of your choice.
That should make maintenance washes after track time a breeze! and for the rpf1's a set of wheel woolies and some Cool Guy wheel cleaner or sonax should keep you all set. (coat the wheels too if your gonna coat the body)
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