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    Re: 5th Wheel fiberglass trailer

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    So this weekend I decided it was time to get to work on my camper. I used the oxidation wash and then used the M50. I used my Makita rotary buffer to apply it. I did it in small areas. I used the buffer to apply and then I wiped it off with a micro fiber towel. I thought I was doing a great job until the sun hit it at the right angle and I could see some swirl marks. Did I apply it wrong? Did I not use the buffer long enough or not right? Should I redo the same area again with the M50? Any help on this would be appreciated.

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    Hi Fry5654,

    Sorry to hear about the trouble. Let's first clarify the type of swirl mark you are referring to & then we can address. Are these more of a "buffer trail" type mark, where as you can see trails from where the rotary machine was used? Or are these more of a cobweb spiderweb swirl mark?

    What pad & speed you were using on the machine?

    Just to double check, this is a non-painted fiberglass 5th wheel trailer correct?
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    Re: 5th Wheel fiberglass trailer

    Nick,

    Yes. I would call them more of a buffer trail. I used a wool pad on the buffer and had it set for 1500rpms. Is there something I can do to fix them. My camper is grey.

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    Re: 5th Wheel fiberglass trailer

    Fry5654,

    To not inflict a "Buffer Trail" or "Hologram" with a rotary polisher comes down to technique with the machine. We recommend keeping the pad as flat as possible to help minimize the chance of a hologram or buffer trail. With that said, even for experienced users of the rotary machine, it still can be challenging to finish completely hologram or buffer trail free.

    I should point out that wool pads can leave behind "spider web" looking swirl marks. On gel coat/fiberglass surfaces, these are typically much less noticeable. This is why many users will still use wool pads on fiberglass/gel coat boats or rvs, and not follow with a foam pad. On automotive paint, in most cases, it would make a dramatic difference to follow a wool pad with a foam pad, either on a rotary or on a dual action polisher machine, to remove any "spider web" looking swirl marks.

    With that said, if you are experiencing "spider web" looking swirl marks on your grey fiberglass 5th wheel, which are apparent enough in your opinion to be not desirable, you can always use a foam pad instead of wool.

    Hope this helps!
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    Re: 5th Wheel fiberglass trailer

    Nick

    I really appreciate all of your advice on this. I definitely believe I have a buffer trail. Now, what is my best option to get rid of that. Could it be that I didn’t wipe it done good enough after I ran the buffer. Can I just use a foam pad and put more M50 on it to fix it? What is my best option? I know I am new to all of this so I know there is a learning curve. What is really tough is yesterday when I was doing the work it was cloudy and I couldn’t tell I had the swirl marks until the sun hit it.

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    Re: 5th Wheel fiberglass trailer

    Nick,

    One more question, if a foam pad will help with this, which one should I use?

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    Re: 5th Wheel fiberglass trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Fry5654 View Post
    Nick

    I really appreciate all of your advice on this. I definitely believe I have a buffer trail. Now, what is my best option to get rid of that. Could it be that I didn’t wipe it done good enough after I ran the buffer. Can I just use a foam pad and put more M50 on it to fix it? What is my best option? I know I am new to all of this so I know there is a learning curve. What is really tough is yesterday when I was doing the work it was cloudy and I couldn’t tell I had the swirl marks until the sun hit it.

    Thank you,
    Fry5654
    Quote Originally Posted by Fry5654 View Post
    Nick,

    One more question, if a foam pad will help with this, which one should I use?

    Fry5654
    We are happy to help. A foam pad on is not going to help minimize the chance of leaving behind a rotary buffer trail or hologram. To minimize the chance of leaving behind a rotary buffer trail or hologram, simply put, it's all about technique with the machine, and keeping the pad flat.

    The rotary polisher is not a beginner friendly tool. Like we mentioned earlier, even for users who are proficient, it still can be challenging to finish completely buffer trail or hologram free. This is why many users, experienced or not, will opt for a dual action polisher machine. This might be something to consider if you are not able to get the results you are after.
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