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Old 06-21-2019, 03:33 PM   #1
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Waxing a rolled-on Rustoleum paint job

.....anybody have experience with this? Painted last year, and washed for the first time yesterday.....I used a pretty rigid nylon bristle brush so I could test how well the paint had adhered. It all looks good except for a couple of spots (top of a rivet, a groove in a rub rail) that I must have missed during prep.

The web had little insight, other than "a standard wax or compound will 'settle' into the low spots and not buff out, leaving a haze to the finish".

Any words of wisdom? I like the 'just rained on' look.
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:04 PM   #2
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.....anybody have experience with this? Painted last year, and washed for the first time yesterday.....I used a pretty rigid nylon bristle brush so I could test how well the paint had adhered. It all looks good except for a couple of spots (top of a rivet, a groove in a rub rail) that I must have missed during prep.

The web had little insight, other than "a standard wax or compound will 'settle' into the low spots and not buff out, leaving a haze to the finish".

Any words of wisdom? I like the 'just rained on' look.


if you don't get a clear coat or some wax on it, especially if it's Rustolium or other type of rust preventive paint, it will start to oxidize quickly - in just 2 or 3 years, Tremclad, Rustolium and others will appear flat and dull
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:55 PM   #3
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I have used plain old "turtle wax" on rustoleum many a time. It does help keep it shiny and slow down the oxydation. A 2 year paint job becomes 5 or more years.

I like your choice of colors, nice job.
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I have used plain old "turtle wax" on rustoleum many a time.
Was that on a spray paint job, or a roller job?
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Thanks for the feedback, I'll give it a try.
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Ronnie is exactly right about turning a two year paint job into a five year paint job and Old fashion Turtle wax is a fine product. I don't see it at Auto zone and the rest but it is still on ebay as a left over. I recently bought 3 bottles of it and I use it a couple of times a year on all my cars (While my bus is mostly base coat clear clear coat, the pop up top is white Rustoleum and still looks like new after more than five years with the use of TW).

It is too late to consider adding clear coat. For that to work it needs to be applied over fresh Rustoleum before it has completely dried.. Sure you can do it but after 6 months it will start to blister and peel like a bad Jamaican sun burn..

Your red will need to be tended too 3 or 4 times a year to get the "rain drop" effect and by the time you have polished the whole bus you will have come to HATE the smell of TW.
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Ronnie is exactly right about turning a two year paint job into a five year paint job and Old fashion Turtle wax is a fine product. I don't see it at Auto zone and the rest but it is still on ebay as a left over. I recently bought 3 bottles of it and I use it a couple of times a year on all my cars (While my bus is mostly base coat clear clear coat, the pop up top is white Rustoleum and still looks like new after more than five years with the use of TW).

It is too late to consider adding clear coat. For that to work it needs to be applied over fresh Rustoleum before it has completely dried.. Sure you can do it but after 6 months it will start to blister and peel like a bad Jamaican sun burn..

Your red will need to be tended too 3 or 4 times a year to get the "rain drop" effect and by the time you have polished the whole bus you will have come to HATE the smell of TW.
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my dad added one of those small pouches of liquid turtle wax to the soapy water when he washed his new 69 chevy pickup - l bought that pickup from him later, and later my son bought it from me - when it was written off in an accident many years later, it had 500,000 miles on it and was still shiny because of the many times my dad washed it using those little packets of Turtle Wax - I haven't seen those packets on the market for years
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For my car, I get one of the all-in-one washes with the caranuba wax in it. Shake really well, 1 cap full per gallon of warm water. Just a quick rub with a fresh wash mitt, then hose it down.
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