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I have posted this to my Sunline forum but thought I may get some other ideas here...please...
Our trip home from Florida this week was a total disaster beginning with our van's brake line rupture as we were coming off I-95 in NC...I was able to pull right into a Walmart (Bless them!) at the exit, but!!-- brake fluid had spun up off the rear tire onto the front and side of the TT..a real mess and it doesn't clean off. My insurance company is sending an adjuster to look over the damage. It seems to have stained the paint in millions of small flecks. Does anyone have a remedy? I have tried cleaners and Mr. Clean Erasers, mineral spirits,etc. It is right into the paint and the corner molding. Can the Krystal-Kote finish be painted? (Then the next day we awoke to a flat tire,then torrential rains,and then got stuck in the mud in our yard and had to get pulled out....Not going back next year--three terrible trips in a row! I am a slow learner but NOT STUPID!) HELP PLEASE>>>Janalee


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I'm not familiar with Krystal-Kote but to my knowledge the only remedy for brake fluid damage to a painted surface is to take the affected area back down to bare metal and repaint it. If someone else has a better solution I would sure like to know what it is.

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It will need a repaint.


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Yup, brake fluid is the kiss of death for painted surfaces!!! When changing brake fluids on my bike, I exercise extreme caution to avoid getting any on painted surfaces... Looks like your in for a repaint

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Brake fluid is like a paint stripper, as stated, there is nothing you can do to fix those spots. And lets face it, our trailers are not painted like our cars are.


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Repaint is the only option. If the brake fluid had been rinsed off immediately no damage would have been done. The longer it sat on the surface, more damage was done.


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We just returned from florida (trouble free) but in 1989 we lost a motor in our car coming home from there, in 02 we lost the tranny, in 04 we decided to fly and believe it or not the dang plane broke on the runway. so for us the 4TH time was the charm. sorry for your troubles it will get better. good luck will

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Brake fluid, just like motor oil and transmission fluid needs to be changed and the system flushed. You 1999 Van may have had the original fluid and the water corroded your lines. A lot of people forget about their brake as well as their gas lines and fuel filter in their maintenance. Your manual may have other items that could need replacing. Good luck on the paint issue.


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Brake fluid is a very good paint remover and is used in many hobbies for just that purpose.


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