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Old 04-12-2015, 05:29 PM   #11
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My question is it on the inside/side or inside/bottom? Some stuff might just run off where if the stain is at the bottom you could pour something on and let it soak. Or if it's on the side, saturate a towel and figure out a way to keep it right up against the stain so it can soak awhile. Confused yet?
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:34 PM   #12
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It is on the sides, Donna, from taking things in and out while hitching.
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:46 PM   #13
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TSP seems like a good idea to me - I have used it to prep walls for painting, and it is an effective grease remover.
Any detergent ("soap") seems like a safer first step than any solvent. Most automotive degreasers are detergents.

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The inside of the box is very different from the exterior material.
It looks very different, but it should be quite similar in other properties. I've only seen the outside of these boxes in person, but I assume it is constructed of the same moulded fiberglass with gelcoat exterior as the trailer body - that means it is a plastic matrix (presumably polyester) reinforced with glass fibres. On the inside, you are seeing the raw translucent polyester colour, and the pattern of the fibres; on the outside, you are seeing a thin layer of about the same polyester, but without glass fibres, with white pigment making it opaque, and with a much smoother surface due to the mould. It's the same plastic, so the same cleaners work... although you might not mind messing up the glossiness of the finish on the inside, so perhaps you can be more aggressive than you would be with the trailer's outer surface.
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:23 PM   #14
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You may have seen a box not sprayed with protectant as some are not. Our exterior is very rough while the interior is smooth.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:11 PM   #15
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You may have seen a box not sprayed with protectant as some are not. Our exterior is very rough while the interior is smooth.
Ah, okay... the outside of the box would look like the trailer until the protective coating is applied. What works on the outside of the trailer (rather than the box) should work on the inside of the box, because both are polyester. The interior should be smooth to the touch but somewhat wavy (because it was not pressed against a mould). Losing a bit of gloss on the inside is presumably not a big deal, but the least aggressive cleaning still seems like the best idea to me.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:27 PM   #16
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Cathy, as a long time boat builder / owner, use or try TSP or dish washing detergent (TSP has more muscle). Please do not use brake clean or other solvents. They will dissolve the grease true but also dilute the grease and smear / drive it into the fiberglass surface. Where you might have a stain the size of a quarter now, after using a solvent you may smear it to an area the size of your fist even if you can't see it. Being on the inside of your box it may not be a big deal but where there is grease residue you will not be able to get paint to stick in the future.


I doubt its a big deal since its on the inside but TSP will be the most effective and least toxic cleaner to use. Follow the directions on the box and wear gloves no matter what you decide to use.


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Old 04-12-2015, 09:42 PM   #17
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Okay, Tom, just happened to use gloves previously as I never thought of TSP as having much to it. Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:21 PM   #18
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Okay, Tom, just happened to use gloves previously as I never thought of TSP as having much to it. Thanks.
I washed my aluminum sided house with TSP prior to painting. I ended up with blisters all around my arms where my gloves ended. I have stripped paint off metal with hot water and strong TSP. It is potent stuff but works very well.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:18 PM   #19
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Hi Carl .... TSP is caustic ...or a basic, or alkaline solution and a strong solution can react with Aluminum. Careful to rinse thoroughly with water around your aluminum siding. Be careful if you have the optional aluminum wheels on your trailer as it could cause pitting.


Maybe wear gloves AND eye protection


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Old 04-13-2015, 06:04 AM   #20
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There are several good suggestions here that are much more effective than what I will suggest. But in case you don't have them around, when I want to try something easy first I use a dish soap that cuts grease such as Dawn.
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