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YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby mikhen on Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:08 pm

Awning last week (great tips guys), roof, gutters, and sides today. Problem that I can't seem to come up with a solution for....the plastic "cap" on the entire front end of the TT is dirty. I used Reliable, and the normal was n wax from Waly World, but I can't seem to get it cleaned up to my liking. The bugs nd stuff are gone, but it's the overall grime. Any tips on this????
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:30 pm

Kaboom, that green stuff, rubbing compound?
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby ParTimCmpr on Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:59 am

mikhen wrote:Awning last week (great tips guys), roof, gutters, and sides today. Problem that I can't seem to come up with a solution for....the plastic "cap" on the entire front end of the TT is dirty. I used Reliable, and the normal was n wax from Waly World, but I can't seem to get it cleaned up to my liking. The bugs nd stuff are gone, but it's the overall grime. Any tips on this????


My brother says he uses bonami on his trailer to remove the black streaks. His is aluminum, but it might work. I would suggest doing a test spot, and you would probably need to wax the area when you are done.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby ButteBumBob on Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:57 pm

I have good luck with Gel-Gloss.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby mikhen on Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:59 am

I'm only having trouble cleaning the plastic front end. Sinple Green didn't work, and neither did rubbing compound. Black streak remover just smeared the dirt, but didn't remove it.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby skipnchar on Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:26 pm

Not sure exactly what kind of grime you're experiencing but for what it's worth, when we return from one of our 15,000 jaunts I usually scrub the whole front of the trailer using bug and tar remover. Mostly because there are so many baked on bugs there but I'm sure part of the problem is other things. When finished it usually looks good as new but it does take a lot of elbow grease. The product I use as a Dow Chemical product but I don't remember the name of it. I'll post it if I find it.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby JQSpree on Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:47 pm

Just got our trailer back from dealer for some warranty work and got a free wash. So when I got home, I waxed the whole thing with Meguiers tech wax which I bought for my Toy. Avalon. It seemed to work okay and didn't take as long as I thought. We have the front plastic cap on our Spree and it seemed to wax nicely with the same stuff.

My question thought on the black streak remover like Thetfords, do you have to rewax after using this stuff? Since the dealer got all the marks off, I didn't have to deal with that this time. They even polished the wheels and conditioned the tires.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby skipnchar on Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:19 pm

Splash a little water on it and see if it beads. I'm betting it WILL but maybe for only a week or two so you'll need to wax eventually.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby Zinger on Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:11 pm

Wouldnt black streak preventer be nice. Well I guess they already have it ,its called washing your roof.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby Carolina Cruiser on Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:47 am

The best thing for black streaks is to wax the camper with a good car wax. It does not revent them but it makes it a whole bunch easier to get off. I have racked my brain to remember the name of the cleaner we used to get rid of them but I can't remember it. We have a store in this are called Dollar General and it is their brand of all pirpose cleaner/degreaser. It takes them off with ease but you will need to wax afterward. it has been a year and we have not had to use the cleaner since. I do believe the wax helps remove them easier.
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby skipnchar on Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:07 am

Zinger wrote:Wouldnt black streak preventer be nice. Well I guess they already have it ,its called washing your roof.

I'd sure be willing to take the Rockwood in once a year for it's "inoculation" :mrgreen:
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby Cobra909 on Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:36 am

Just my $.02; use these on all my vehicles and have for years with no problems and great results.

Bugs & Tar Remover...Use WD-40 instead, just don't get it on your rubber roof.
Dried bugs on front of car/truck/cap. Cheap dryer sheets(fabric softner), dip in soapwater and
scrub; can be used with WD-40. Wash with soap and wax after using WD-40.

Roof...Clean with Spic&Span; treat with 303 protectant(spray on a sponge mop and apply; also for awning)

Wax...Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax. 5er stored outside, in South Louisiana, all year. Last wax job was 10/07. Detailed 5er 3 weeks ago, black streaks washed off with Mequiar's Shampoo Plus and brush. Sides were still beading water!

All rubber/vinyl...303 Protectant

Glass/Mirrors...Stoner's Invisible Glass

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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby mopar1973 on Sun May 29, 2011 12:06 am

I found that Zep Citrus Degreaser works on getting the black streaks off really easy. But where ever you use it you gotta re-wax the body... It tends to take both the wax and the black off... :roll:
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Re: YIPEE it's clean, well almost

Unread postby frank on Sun May 29, 2011 6:34 am

To remove black streaks we use awesome orange you buy it at the dollar store. When we are in Texas, but we did notice last year it was getting a lot hard to find it.
We also wax our trailer at least once a year with a good wax and the water beads up on it and these black streaks are a pain in the butt, but you have to just learn to live with it. I guess they won't go away themselves
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