OK, this is my first spring cleaning of an RV. I spent a few hours washing the whole behemoth by hand, and I have to admit that using the black streak remover, then immediately washing the area with car wash solution in HOT water did a very nice job (if you have nothing better to do for 3 hours).
So, now that it's clean, is there anything to either prevent the recurrence of these streaks, or at least make them easier to remove next time? Hopefully the answer is NOT going to involve waxing this beast by hand, but I admit that I can see where some form of wax or polish would certainly make it slippery enough so that the streaks would come right off.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news bud, but the best thing you can do is wax it by hand. Makes it easier to just wash off the black streaks next time.
The next thing you can do is keep the rubber roof, (if your is rubber), cleaned and conditioned. Make sure to use a Cleaner specifically for Rubber Roofs. Use a sponge mop to rinse it, don't use the hose.
If it makes you feel any better, I cleaned my roof and it was so dirty I got tired of emptying the bucket and used the hose. So it took me 8 hours to scrub my monster! I still have to wax it.
*This Message was edited on 16-Apr-02 07:50 AM by camper guy*
2001 Sprinter 380BWS in a seasonal park.
Friend of Bills.....
I use Protect-All on the sides of my FW. Takes me about 3 hrs to do it, but then the black streaks almost "rinse off" with plain water. I do the entire rig, minus the roof with Protect-All once in the fall before storage and again in the spring. During the season, after washing, and when I feel like it I re-apply Protect-All to the four small areas where I tend to have black streaks - takes just minutes. Also I'll put more Protect-All on the front to make cleaning off the bugs easy.
Doug and Kathy
2008 Chevy 2500HD extended cab Duramax/Allison 4WD
2007 Crossroads Cruiser CF30SK
"Nuestra casa con buena vistas"
The residue and or chaulking from the roof will run over and down the sides. Then you have to scrub the sides. I did it, then I had to wash the entire unit, except under the awning, (saved me 16'), with black streak remover to get the film off. Of course I had to wash the awning too, but that needed it anyway. Actually the whole unit needed to be washed.
I imagine if you did the roof and washed the unit right away you may not have the residue issue. If you do the roof once a year or every other year, using the sponge mop isn't a big deal. This one hadn't been done ever, at least 4 years and it was black. The sides dry so quick that I couldn't get to it to wash it. Besides it took me about 3 hours to scrub the roof several times to get most of the black off.
*This Message was edited on 16-Apr-02 12:06 PM by camper guy*
I think CamperGuy is on the right track. I do rinse with a hose, but only after a thorough cleaning of the roof particularly the rain gutters. I use a soft bristle brush and clean them using any cleaners used for the balance of the rig. Then rinse well using lots of water, then work down the sides. Drying would probably benefit too.
The long handled soft bristle push broom works wonders.
I was born in Great Falls, Mt. My parents moved when I was 5. I found them when I was 10 - they were in California.
I wash mine quite often, including the rubber roof. As I rinse the roof, I reach over and rinse the sides. Then I immediately wash the sides. I hand wax the exterior 2 times a year, and hand wax the front at least every month during the season. It is a lot of work, but I feel the extra effort will pay off in a long run. Good Luck!
Has anyone heard of or used "foaming bathroom cleaner" on their RV before? We purchased a Jayco Eagle 2 years ago, and the former owners said they used it to remove the black streaks on the siding. It works like a charm - spray it on and use a rag to rub it a little and rinse with a hose. We use it on the whole outside and it literally sparkles. Friends tried it on their smooth sided fiberglass motorhome and had great results. Has anyone else done this?
I have used Lysol Toilet bowl on clean up of our shower glass doors - works great but does a job on metal surfaces. Just a word of caution some of those products will work great but the "side affects " to rubber or metal surfaces can be brutal. I know only too well the job of cleaning - see my posting. I am just about wore out and only half done the fifth.