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Old 04-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #1
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Question Cleaning a stick & tin rig?

What do you guys use to clean your aluminum-sided TTs?

I'm going to have to give mine its first bath in a couple weeks, and I'm wondering what is the best soap/cleaner to use for the aluminum siding?

What's this I hear about "orange stuff from the dollar store"?

Any other pointers on cleaning the outside would be greatly appreciated!
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I use rv wash to wash it, hit the streaks with watered down Awesome from the dollar store dry with a chamois and then wax with Nu Finish.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/3975?wmlsp...la&wl6=5178262

It goes on super easy and comes off easy too. You can also use in the full sun since that can be a problems ya know.
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:43 AM   #3
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then wax with Nu Finish.
Good to know, I have a mostly full bottle of NuFinish I use to polish my empty brass, works great!
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I washed my TT for the first time this past weekend. I tried Armor All car wash and wax at first but it did nothing to remove the black streaks. I used diluted Awesome Orange from the Dollar Store and it worked great on the streaks. I just put some in a spray bottle and used some heavy paper towels to wipe it off.
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The best advice I could give is to protect the original finish. The more oxidized and porous your finish becomes - the faster black streaks appear and harder it becomes to remove them.

I keep my siding waxed - and when I do wash it, almost all the streaks come off with a soft brush and plain water. I wash my TT with an extending water-wand I bought at W*M
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:12 AM   #6
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And clean your roof at least 2-3 times a year...it's the roof that gives you black streaks!
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:20 AM   #7
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I would be careful with the orange stuff from the dollar store. Its a degreaser and can be pretty hard on decals and plastics. I help my dad clean his old stick and tin trailer, clean the roof, black streak remover for the streaks, and an automotive wash (doesn't have to be an expensive one).

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And clean your roof at least 2-3 times a year...it's the roof that gives you black streaks!
Yes! This is very true!
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I've always used diluted Simple Green and full strength on stubborn spots. On the roof, Spic 'n Span in the same manner.
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I've always used diluted Simple Green and full strength on stubborn spots. On the roof, Spic 'n Span in the same manner.
x2 on the simple green it is all i have ever used and works very well.
also on hard to remove black streaks try spraying WD-40 on a rag and then just wipe the streaks away.
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And clean your roof at least 2-3 times a year...it's the roof that gives you black streaks!

I stick 8" long pool noodles on my rain gutters to help with black streaks, keeps the water away for the most part.
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