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Old 03-30-2017, 04:19 PM   #1
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Do not mark your Escape with a dry erase marker!

I used a dry erase marker to mark the location on the side of my trailer where I wanted Camping World to install an exterior 12V outlet, and again when planning to install (yet another) antenna mount in the back.

DON'T DO THIS! I discovered that the dry erase marker doesn't erase from fiberglass, at least not if it has been on the trailer for a few days or more. After trying several cleaners I was finally able to remove the marks with Bon Ami. No telling what that did to the finish, though. Nothing good I'll bet.
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:40 PM   #2
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I used a dry erase marker to mark the location on the side of my trailer where I wanted Camping World to install an exterior 12V outlet, and again when planning to install (yet another) antenna mount in the back.

DON'T DO THIS! I discovered that the dry erase marker doesn't erase from fiberglass, at least not if it has been on the trailer for a few days or more. After trying several cleaners I was finally able to remove the marks with Bon Ami. No telling what that did to the finish, though. Nothing good I'll bet.
It would be the gelcoat affected, not the fibreglass. As long as whatever used does not penetrate too far, fine wet sandpaper usually will remove any marks. A polishing compound will smooth everything out like new.

I am betting Bon Ami has a mild abrasive in it that did the same thing. I know others have used Comet to remove small marks and scuffs in gelcoat too.

Still, painters tape is a preferred method of marking layouts.
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:40 PM   #3
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Another antenna You'll have to change your byline to Mike the antenna man.

Bon Ami and other such cleaners are slightly abrasive but with a good application of wax no one will ever know, well.....

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Old 03-30-2017, 05:16 PM   #4
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Old 03-30-2017, 05:23 PM   #5
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I think Barkeeper's Friend also contains mild abrasive. Nothing comes for free.
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Although it seems counter intuitive sometimes going over the original dry erase marker again will make it possible to wipe off the original. The compounds / chemicals in the re-application seem to make the first mark more apt to come off.
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The least abrasive tool I've found is Mr Clean Magic Erasers - extremely fine compound that's so fine I use it for removing scuffs from plastic parts.
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I've gotten permanent marker off a white board using water-less hand cleaner. Makes me question what it's doing to my skin... wonder how it would work on fiberglass?
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I am betting Bon Ami has a mild abrasive in it that did the same thing. I know others have used Comet to remove small marks and scuffs in gelcoat too.

Still, painters tape is a preferred method of marking layouts.
Yep, it's painter's tape from now on. I had a kitchen once with a porcelain sink that was recommended to be cleaned only with Bon Ami, which implied to me that Bon Ami has a milder abrasive than other cleaners. The name Americast rings a bell for the sink type.

What is gelcoat? And can it be restored if it is damaged/removed?
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Another antenna You'll have to change your byline to Mike the antenna man.
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Yes, my Escape is now an antenna-festooned nerdwagon. This one is particularly obvious-- it's a fiberglass ham radio antenna that will extend 38 feet in the air. I'll try not to embarrass anybody.
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