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Old 04-25-2014, 08:12 AM   #31
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Hey, Alf! Yea, it's so good and easy I was wondering if it was going to eat through the fiberglass. But, so far so good. You gotta love simple (and cheap) solutions to annoying problems, huh?
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:08 PM   #32
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I just discovered LA's TOTALLY AWESOME spray cleaner which gets rid of black streaks VERY easily. And for $1.00 (16 oz.), you can't go wrong.
I've got some in my cleaning supplies! I'm going to give it a try.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:17 PM   #33
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What is in LA? Sounds like it contains a lot of chlorine.
If you read the manual for the awning, it says to use soap and water and either a stiff brush or a soft brush depending on the material.
Takes elbow grease, but they don't say that.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:08 PM   #34
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Glenn, I found this FYI ... http://http://apps.wku.edu/sds/uploads/docs/8095.pdf
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #35
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That certainly covers the bases.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:14 PM   #36
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The LA cleaner (according to the helpful documentation linked by Zardoz) contains:
Tetra Sodium EDTA: according to Wikipedia...
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The reduction of water hardness in laundry applications and the dissolution of scale in boilers both rely on EDTA and related complexants to bind Ca2+, Mg2+, as well as other metal ions. Once bound to EDTA, these metal centers tend not to form precipitates or to interfere with the action of the soaps and detergents. For similar reasons, cleaning solutions often contain EDTA.
(HowStuffWorks has similar description)

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Hydroxy Sodium which I assume is what makes this cleaner caustic (bleach-like, but without chlorine). The info sheet says it has a pH of 12 to 13, which is on the pretty aggressively caustic on the pH scale.

It also has orange oil, the usual active ingredient in "citrus" cleaners.

I'm not surprised that this is an effective cleaner; I'm just not sure what I would trust it to clean without damage... but I haven't tried it or objectively compared it to other cleaners.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:16 AM   #37
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Just came home from the escape rally. Does anyone have a suggestion for a cleaner that will get the bugs off of the gelcoat on my new 17B? And also off of the paint on my new Dodge Ram.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:31 AM   #38
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Best I've found for after the fact is drier sheets, you should rewax afterwards if such concerns you. I've heard of using either Rejex, Nu-finish, a couple extra coats of wax, or WD40 before a trip.
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Turtle Wax Bug 'n' Tar is made for the job.
I'd think dryer sheets are abrasive and more costly in the end.
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Used drier sheets cost nothing, and unlike my efforts with Bug N Tar remover, they work. I think you'd have to try them to see if you think they are abrasive or not.
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