I often field questions about oxidation on RVs, yachts, and boats where UV radiation from sun light has begun to break down the fiberglass/gel coat finish.
“Will Permanon bring back the shine and/or stop the deterioration of the top surface?”
If the surface has dulled or chalked it can be saved by machine buffing out the surface with a good 3M Finesss-it II, or 3M Imperial Compounds. Always ask your supplier what they consider is best for your particular situation. Once you have polished the surface back to a gloss finish, wash with Extreme Simple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner. This product will wash the buffing compounds out of the nano-pores preparing the surface for Permanon protection.
If you have dark mold, mildew or dark fruit spores showing up, you may want to clean with Permanon’s PS-Paste. A blend of 16 soaps that effectively does the job without harsh abrasives or strong chemicals. Only caution here is, do not use on Lexon Plexiglass. Rinse well when done.
If your top surface is actually breaking down with small shreds of fiberglass, the top will need to have a new gel-coat or finish applied. Get a professional to look at it.
Now that the surface has been cleaned of any waxes or compounds, an application of Permanon can be misted on. I suggest a 10% mix of concentrate to water for boat/yacht surfaces where fiberglass and gel coats are more porous than the clear coats found on cars and trucks. Do not apply in direct sunlight. The surface should be cool and not hot to avoid water spotting from any minerals that may be in the water you're using. Mist on in sections and dry immediately. Keep in mind that Permanon cannot stick to itself so don't over-apply.
That's it, you're done. Where you live and the amount of abrasive conditions present will determine how long this treatment will hold up. On the average, Permanon treatments last 6-12 months in good, clean, relatively non-abrasive conditions, 3-6 months in average conditions, and 1-3 months in harsh conditions. You can check the condition of your Permanon protection by performing a water beading/sheeting test. Simply pour water over the protected area. If the water beads up nicely or sheets away quickly, then you still have protection. But if the water is beginning to lay out and spreads flat, or doesn't sheet quickly and shows signs of surface drag, then your protection is weakening and it's time for a maintenance application with a 3-5% concentration of Permanon. Maintenance applications will seek out any worn spots to maintain the Permanon protection. We do suggest a full treatment of Permanon at least once a year after a good wash with a safe cleaning product such as Extreme Simple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner or Dawn (original) dish detergent.
As always I am glad to answer any questions you may have and enjoy your comments. Permanon, the new nano-technology for any hard surface finish protection. Lasts longer than waxes or similar products and is so much easier to apply. Spend more time enjoying your RV, classic car, hot rod, truck, airplane, boat or what have you while keeping it looking like new.
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