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Old 09-26-2016, 01:06 AM   #1
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My Experience with Fibreglass Cleaning and Restoration

We picked up our new to us 8 year old trailer earlier this summer. When I got home I realized what I had thought was dirt on the roof was actually a mold or mildew... I figured I would enjoy the trailer over the summer rather than worry about it. Now after spending 20 nights in it I now have some maintenance to do before the bad weather hits!

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After reading some great posts on this forum as well as over on SOI and FGRV I came up with an action plan.

I decided to use ZEP Mold and Mildew Stain Removal on the stains.


In action:



After that I gave it a good rinse to remove the cleaner. Then I washed with hot water and blue dawn to remove any remaining residue.

The results blew me away:




I was left with a clean fibreglass gelcoat that needed to have the oxidation removed. See the difference between the original finish (protected by the MAXX fan) and the exposed gelcoat.


My plan is to tackle the oxidation with 3M Maine Restorer and Wax. I finished about three quarters of the roof before it was dark. I didn't get any photos so I will follow-up the progress with another post.


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Looks like excellent progress.
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Good job, haven't had the mold on the roof yet.

I do run into similar on the awning, but not as bad. Picked up a gallon of the mold and mildew spray along with a cheap garden sprayer.
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Over on FGRV they use Barkeepers Friend to clean and then floor wax to bring back the shine.
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Can't beat the price, either. Zep gets my vote, though have not yet had any need to use it on ET-19. Before selling my old Scamp I applied Zep's Wet-look Floor Finish on the exterior. Made that old biddie look amazingly good.
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Can't beat the price, either. Zep gets my vote, though have not yet had any need to use it on ET-19. Before selling my old Scamp I applied Zep's Wet-look Floor Finish on the exterior. Made that old biddie look amazingly good.
It was under $6 for a 1L spray bottle of the Zep and I used about three-quarters of it. The 0.5L bottle of 3M Marine Restorer and Wax is $20!
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Good job, haven't had the mold on the roof yet.

I do run into similar on the awning, but not as bad. Picked up a gallon of the mold and mildew spray along with a cheap garden sprayer.
Cleaning instructions for the awning say to use soap, warm water and a soft brush.
If you do spray with a product containing bleach, make sure you rinse it quickly and thoroughly.
And, wear old clothes and a hat you don't care about. Speaking from experience.
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....... and a hat you don't care about. Speaking from experience.
You mean the hat that looks like a holstein hide?
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