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ToddStyles

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I'm sure this has been covered, but I couldn't find anything using the search. What is the best method of cleaning the exterior/removing the streaks on the side of my '98 Layton 5th wheel? It has just regular siding, not a fiberglass gelcoat finish. thanks, Todd.

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A mild detergent like dish soap works fine, or you can buy RV wash if you want to spend more.


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I buy SNAP from a guy at work. Works like nothing else. I think it is available at this web site in the home care store. I have been using it from around 10 years. Never had a problem and it really removes the black streaks. http://mymastore.unfranchise.com/
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You mix is 1 to 10 with water. I use a squirt bottle. Set the bottle for long range. Squirt the area, wait a minute and run a brush over it.

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If you have a Dollar General Store, you can get a product called Thunderblast...it is marvelous on black streaks! Costs about $2 for 1/2 gal spray container. You can dilute it in a bucket for overall and use it full strength on the streaks. That and a soft brush will do it. I cleaned an aluminum sided 29' TT with it a few years ago - it had set under trees for 5 years and never been cleaned - did a dandy job!! Lately, I've seen ads for Greased Lightening which sounds similar, the label looks similar and smells about the same - might give it a try if you can't find Thunderblast.

We just finished washing ours today - big job but it looks nice...until the rain starts on our trip romorrow!!


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Todd,
be very careful, some of the marketed "Black Streak removers" do a fine job of removing streaks, BUT they will also ruin any decals or stripes. I've found the best way to keep down the black streaks is to keep the roof clean, and apply a good wax to the sides of the camper, i know its a heck of a job, but it will sure help.
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I've tried several type of soaps and the streaks appear to be stained into the siding.
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I have tried everything and I also had streaks that apeared to be cooked in.I now use Dow Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner and my trailer sparkels. :-)Be sure to reinse real good.



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Whoa, do not use Greased Lightning on the siding of of you your camper. It will remove the paint.I was going to clean a grille on a Sub zero refrig for a customer. I thought it was chrome but it was painted silver. The paint rolled off like I had used paint remover.


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thanks for the tips... I'm going to try a few things this afternoon and see what happens. Wish me luck! thanks, Todd.

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Bug & Tar remover will take the black streaks off along with your decals! My mom used Greased Lightning on her TT and it came wisker clean, but I looked at the label on the stuff before I used it on my 5er and it says not to use on aluminum, so stay away from it. I have to remember to check out the side she cleaned with it when her campground opens for the season.

As part of my annual get ready for the season, (when the weather gets nice, but not nice enough to go camping), I wash and wax my RV. I use Rain Dance Car Wash, which I buy by the 1/2 gallon and use it on my cars and truck. I also use Maguires wax after washing and I am good for the season.

I use black streak remover I get from the dealer store, works well in conjunction with elbow grease. It takes me about 8 hours to wash, destreak and wax my unit and tow vehicle. Bigger truck and RV this year, so I'm planning on 10 hours.

Keeping the roof clean is key too, did that last Sunday, took me 6 hours, the 5er is 4 years old and has never been done. Ran out of time, but have to apply protector too. If you have a rubber roof, make sure you use the proper cleaner for the roof.


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