Monthly Archives: August 2019
Clean but Unseen: Roof Stains
I ordered Beast Wash over the winter in preparation for cleaning my RV roof which I knew was dirty since leaves had stained the roof in the fall before I covered it for winter. Today was uncovering and roof cleaning day. I used the product at full concentration with no dilution, a stiff bristle scrub and pressure washer. While the roof is now clean, there is still visible staining. I was expecting more out of Beast Wash and was frankly disappointed. Really not sure which product to turn to next.
Beast Wash is a cleaner and it sounds like it worked well to clean your roof. It can not remove all staining as different chemical changes will happen to discolor a material like your roof, that I’m guessing is a white rubber membrane. If staining on your roof is really bothering you can try using some mild bleach. Dilute the bleach approximately ½ cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Apply to the stained areas with a old towel or sponge and let sit. Because your roof is now clean the bleach can now remove most areas of discoloration. I caution you that over cleaning your roof can shorten its lifespan. In my opinion washing the roof once a year and staying off of it the rest of the time is the best practice to follow.
Remember, unless you have super tall neighbors or are camped next to an airport odds are you are the only one that will ever see the stains!
Clean Up that Older Finish
I have a 2004 Surveyor trailer that requires decal removal and replacement and the gel coat requires repair. I would imagine that the oxidation has to be removed first.What products would you recommend for oxidation cleaning and gel coat repair?
Your trailer side walls are made out Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic known as FRP. Unless painted the finish is typically very thin and not thick like a boat’s gelcoat finish. FRP is good because it’s a lightweight material but bad when it comes to a long lasting finish. After you remove the graphics I would than recommend washing with strong solution of our Beast Wash. This will help remove oxidation. After that I would make any sidewall repairs you need to do. I don’t have any recommendations on repairs. After your repairs are completed and any painted areas are cured, you can buff out with our RV Finish Restorer with Wax. This will bring back any finish left in your side walls. If you do have to do repairs that require painting than I would consider painting all the sidewalls. As I mentioned, your particular unit did not come with the best of finishes to start with and it can often be frustrating maintaining a shine if you have little finish left to work with.
Thanks for asking!
Big Mistake or Easy Fix?
Hello, I made a big mistake. I just returned from a week long trip and washed and used this spray on spray off wax product. I did this in full sun not even thinking, and now I have excess wax everywhere. The travel trailer is new and has has laminated ultralite walls. The wax build up is horrible. I need to get it off. Which one of your products would you recommend and what technique should I use to remove the wax build up?
I Have good news! You really didn’t hurt anything with your wax build up but your eyes. I would first recommend washing your trailer with our Beast Wash as it will help remove your unsightly waxy residue. Next I would hand wax your trailer with our Wade Wax which will remove any leftover silicone and waxy mess along with leaving a properly waxed finish. I recommend staying away from spray on wax finishes as most provide little protection and will wash off in the rain, which can do more harm than good. If you leave your trailer outside it’s recommended you wax every 3 months. If you don’t like waxing than you should see if our Duratain coating is available in your area.
Thanks for asking and good luck,
A Sticky Situation
Any suggestions for removing adhesive residue? I have a 1968 Forester painted, aluminum sided camper where the prior owner taped signs on the camper when it was used to sell Christmas trees.
That’s a tough one! Unfortunately almost anything that will remove adhesive will also remove your paint. I do have some things that I have done in the past. If you adessive is still sticky than a solvent based cleaner like Mineral Spirits may do the trick. If the adessive is dry and hard, carefully use a razor blade to scrape it off is a option. You can try a plastic razor blade so you don’t cut the paint however I have had limited success with them. If the adessive has been on the trailer for years there is a good chance it has stained into the finish. I have also had success buffing it off with our RV finish Rejuvenator.
In short, I have no sure fire way to remove the adhesive. This is a situation where art meets science and with the age of your trailer it’s going to be tough to remove the adhesive without causing further damage to your painted surface.
Thanks for asking,