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    Default Cleaning a white horse trailer?

    Besides elbow grease what's the best way to get those black streaks off of a white trailer? You know those streaks that run down from black window trim?

    Are there any products out there to make this job easier?



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    There's things like baseboard stripper that should get the gunk right off...worried about what it might do to the trailer finish, however. That you DON'T want off!

    Otherwise, I might just look for an "aluminum cleaner" or a "trailer cleaner" at your local hardware place or something. I wonder if the cleaner for aluminum siding might work? That's mostly just killing off mold, though..


    Have you tried power washing?



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    Yeah, I'm sure there's some sort of clear coat on it, I'd like to keep that on there!

    Have not tried power washing yet.



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    We use a product called Mean Green. Works every time. I think Mr. eponacelt gets it either at the dollar store or at the autoparts store. Just spray on, scrub with a car wash brush, and rinse off.

    Now trying to get off the old gunk from old striping...that takes more cleaning products and a buffer...ask me how I know...



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    If you google "black streak remover" you will find lots of products to remove the black streaks off of white painted aluminum.

    However after you have worked to remove those black streaks, you MUST wax the trailer afterwards (good old fashioned, hand applied Turtle Wax) or the black streaks will reappear at an alarming rate.

    Happy trailer cleaning!



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    Simple Green works great on ALL the gunk on a trailer!
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    Simple Green user too. I do it a couple of times a year. Try to do it as soon as I notice them.

    I spray, and have a long handled soft brush that I wipe it with, and then rinse.

    I also turtle wax it at least once a year.
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    I went to an RV dealer and got trailer wash and wax all in one bottle. It takes the streaks right off and leaves a nice shine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eponacelt View Post
    Now trying to get off the old gunk from old striping...that takes more cleaning products and a buffer...ask me how I know...
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    You may want to inspect the window rubber for replacement trim, it may be disintegrating and you don't want your glass/plastic windows to fall out.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Chall View Post
    You may want to inspect the window rubber for replacement trim, it may be disintegrating and you don't want your glass/plastic windows to fall out.
    The trailer is about a year and a half old. No rubber is disinigrating just yet I think it's just from water dripping from the black trim.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jvk8 View Post
    If you google "black streak remover" you will find lots of products to remove the black streaks off of white painted aluminum.
    Including one called....Black Streak Remover

    Last I saw Walmart had it
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