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Old 11-05-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Front Cap Cleaning


Gave the TT its first bath this weekend. I had a couple of issues w/ cleaning the front fiberglass cap though, which I assume is gel coat.

1. There is some apparently tape adhesive on the top front of the cap. All this time I simply thought it was just a dirt spot, but it was actually dirt on top of adhesive. I couldn't get the adhesive off w/ the RV wash 'n wax stuff I was using. Any idea of what I can use to safely remove residual tape adhesive from this very shiny nice front cap without dulling or scratching the area?

2. The bug splats came off w/ a great deal of elbow grease. Any suggestions for material that would make this easier the next time, that won't dull the front cap? I did put 303 protectant on the cap after cleaning it up (except for the adhesive spot mentioned above).



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Old 11-05-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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We had a couple places on our unit this year while cleaning before storage. I used some Carb cleaner and Brake cleaner without any issues. I would just do a small test spot. Wash the spots where you use any solvent to remove any residual. Waxing the unit after cleaning will help with making it easier to clean next time.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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3M Adhesive Remover.
Good stuff.
Safe on surfaces.
No garage should be without it.

Available at auto body shop supply stores and some auto parts stores.

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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Goo-Gone works pretty well as well as WD-40. (I'd wash well with soap after using either)

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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magic eraser for the bugs and general spots that are hard to remove and goo-gone for the adhesive.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #6
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I use Thetfords bug cleaner to get sticky stuff off of the trailer. It works well. I then wash the area.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:59 PM   #7
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Be careful using Magic Eraser on gel coat. It is abrasive and will dull the surface. 3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax will do the same thing without dulling the surface.
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I used Goof-Off to remove some stickers Jayco and the Dealer had placed on the trailer that I did not want to look at anymore.

As to remove the bugs, black streaks and other grim, I like a product called “Spray Power”. No elbow grease required. I buy it from Menards for about $6.50/gal.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:24 AM   #9
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Goo-gone, 3M adhesive or WD-40 will all get the tape residue off with some elbow grease if you have it around. Once you get it all cleaned up I would put a good coat of wax in it. Wax will help the bugs come off next time with less effort. Usually the regular cleaning gets them off once you have a good base.

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I would also say use Goo Gone, it works very well.

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