Ok Scott what to do about this one v. 40 foot motorhome gel coat

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  1. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Guy called has a 40 foot motor home with a fiberglass gel coat that he says is just starting to chalk and wants to know what I can do with it. Short answer, beats me :dunno:

    What do you do on these and do you think its something I could do?
     
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    Just starting to chalk? Not sure I'd believe that. Look at it first, if the shine is all gone, pass on it. Seriously. If you can bring the gloss back by hand using something like Meguiars Ultimate Compound or #105 then there is probably hope for it. Figure on 2-3 days of work and base your price on that.

    You would want to use gel coat specific products to get the best results.
     
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    Hrm, might have to call you tomorrow on this one....
     
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    What would you charge per foot? Ive heard on average of $20 a foot but no way someone is going to pay $800 for a detailing job.
     
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    When I first started I had planned on polishing RVs, that only lasted until the end of the first one. I charge $12-15 per foot for just a wash and wax, including roof and even that takes all day- fuck buffing them out. If it's heavily chalked, and a hand application won't bring the shine back; I pass.

    The range in my pricing is for the number of pop outs and awnings, wheel polishing and general condition. Charging enough to make machine polishing worthwhile doesn't always work. The owners that can afford it, don't need it; and the ones that need it, the RV isn't worth it.
     
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    On a vehicle of that size, $800 isn't completely out of line quite frankly. If you figure on 3 days of 8-hour shifts working on it, that calculates to 24 working hours, or $33.33 per hour.

    With a regular vehicle charging $200 isn't uncommon, and if most of the time a full detail with a good amount of paint correction or extensive interior work will take ~6 hours to complete, it works out to the same amount per hour.

    If the guy can't handle an $800 detail on his rig, he should either be doing it himself or shouldn't own a rig of that size.
     
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    Good points all, I passed on it. As a pro that works on weekends Im sorry but Im not eating up all weekend on something like that. If he wanted to give me $1500 sure but not worth it otherwise.
     
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