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Old 08-02-2014, 09:50 AM   #11
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I had put lithium grease on my aluminum rims on my truck to protect them from road salt. When I got to Florida this past spring I tried to clean them, it had hardened and turned black. I tried to clean them had spent 2 hrs or so and various products that were kind of working but with a lot of effort.
A guy in the campground was watching me for a bit, brought out a bottle of Awesome- said I'm not a salesman or anything, but this stuff really works - give it a try. 1/2 hour later all four rims were shiny and bright like new. I was sold. The tried it on the black streaks- says it can be used on fibreglass.
I tried it on my barbeque, it works better than most things- but it wasn't perfect- I should have used a scrub brush, probably would have helped.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:57 AM   #12
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If you need to remove excess butyl, use a plastic putty knife so you don't damage surfaces.
But I'm not sure how that will affect black streaks. I've had streaking six inches to the side of a window, so I doubt it's the window gasket that's responsible.
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:05 PM   #13
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What dollar store chains do you get that LA Totally Awesome cleaner at?
Alf, I am wondering since you are in canada also.
Will have to check it out.

Have to go down to Camping World this week and maybe I would try a $ store down there too if I haven't found it in Canada..
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:09 PM   #14
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I've had streaking six inches to the side of a window, so I doubt it's the window gasket that's responsible.
That's right. Black Streaks happen on all the RV's I've seen. Although the windows gaskets (or any other butyl or rubber item on the exterior) can cause black streaks, the primary reason they occur is because of moisture on a vertical surface. Moisture - and time. Not precipitation, but moisture in the air, that collects as dew, then runs down the trailer at night. If you live/camp in an arid climate, you won't have nearly as much issue with black streaks. They can also be worsened by air pollution. If you live in a place with dirtier air, such as a large city, you're more likely to get them. Even in the country, moisture in the air, dust and dirt in the air, and even tree pollen can still cause black streaks. If it's a vertical surface, the air is dirty and there is enough moisture, you will get black streaks unless you clean frequently. In researching the LA Totally Awesome cleaner mentioned earlier in this thread, I see it's getting rave reviews for black streak removal.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:15 PM   #15
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I just found some at our "Dollar Tree" but would you then need to use a wax or something to "protect" the fiberglass?---or does it not remove any wax you may have on there..
We use a"fiberglass oxidization remover and polish" a couple times a year
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:19 PM   #16
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Don't know L.A. but Turtle Wax Bug 'n' Tar contains wax which can sometimes make the treated area shinier than the surround.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:26 PM   #17
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I found that Gel-Gloss cleaner does a good job of removing black streaks and any other spots left after a wash. Applying wax will help reduce the amount of streaks in the first place.
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I use the "awesome" to remove the streaks, hose it off as I go. Then go back & do my normal wash of the trailer and wax as needed- I always wax the front, not always the whole trailer.
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I just found some at our "Dollar Tree" but would you then need to use a wax or something to "protect" the fiberglass?---or does it not remove any wax you may have on there..
We use a"fiberglass oxidization remover and polish" a couple times a year
Did some poking around and yes -- the LA's Totally Awesome will remove the wax as well as the dirt. You'd have to re-wax the trailer, but it might be time for that anyway if you've got black streaks.
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:15 PM   #20
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Thanks guys...can't believe all the stuff that "awesome" cleaner is good for--handy stuff to have..
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