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How to Repair RV Dry Rot and Fiberglass


Restoring an RV can be a little bit like bringing it back to life—but when you put in hour after hour of effort, the process can be draining and mentally taxing, too. We at RVByLife have always wondered if there was a way to make RV restoration easier without sacrificing any of the quality of the restoration itself.

As it turns out, there is more than one way to make your RV restoration easier. If you follow these tips, restoring your old RV won’t have to feel like a day-in-day-out marathon that drains you of time, energy, and money.

The Secret to Dealing with Dry Rot

Addressing dry rot is one of the most frequent problems we see. Not only are RVs highly dependent on wood as a material, but the look of your RV will be highly dependent on the quality of wood as a decorative piece. It’s important both to the structure and quality of your RV to keep your wood looking fresh and new.

Our recommended shortcut is the “Git”-Rot® dry rot quart kit. Featuring a batch mixing bottle and the Git Rot material itself, this kit will allow you to address the dry rot forming within your RV—usually, with plenty of material leftover for future restorations. With an overnight cure, you can sand and paint the wood to get it looking brand new. That makes your woodworking restoration possible in just one weekend—and saves you a heck of a lot of money on different kind of dry rot alternatives.

The Secret to Restoring Beautiful Fiberglass

Attractive fiberglass is the name of the game if you want your RV to look like you just drove it off the lot. But over the years, fiberglass is exposed to a number of problems including oxidation and stains. What’s a would-be RV restorer to do?

It starts with an effective fiberglass rubbing compound classified as “very fine.” The very fine compound helps ensure that every nook and cranny of your fiberglass can be addressed the first time, thus aiding your efforts to make your RV restoration as quick and painless a process as possible.

This rubbing compound will help fight the oxidation (rusting) and staining that occurred over the years, removing anything that can be removed and restoring the finish to looking lot-new. What’s more, you can use this compound to prepare for a waxing as part of your routine RV maintenance if you want to ensure that you’ll never have to fully restore your RV.

Of course, if your RV has deep-imbedded problems, then sometimes the only thing to do in order to restore it is to tear it apart and built it up like new. But if your RV problems are only skin-deep, these products can offer a couple of shortcuts that will have your used RV looking like something you recently bought. What’s more, you can use them in your ongoing maintenance to keep your RV fresh for years at a time.

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