How Do You Stop White Streaks
Posted 04 January 2011 - 04:38 PM
We regularly wash the top (3-4 times a year) and have put Aero 303 UV protection on the top about once a year. The most recent being three months ago. We had a heavy downpour of rain recently and the white streaks are back. Any idea on what we can do? I read about black streak remover but never anything about white streaks.
Thanks for any help you can give us.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 12:17 AM
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:38 AM
Waxing the top might slow down the streaking. I don't think you will ever stop it fully.
I generaly get streaking when I wash the coach and I think it is from the water. Has anyone out there tried using a filter on the hose when washing their coach? Did it slow down the streaking?
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:27 AM
My personal solution is to was the outer 2' of each side of the roof. Improves looks, lessens streaks yet doesn't offer an increased risk of falling.
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:34 AM
I use the Mr. Clean AutoDry Machine. Although it has become difficult getting the filters and soap for them since PG stopped making them. What a great item I think it is. The filter is an ionization filter that supposedly softens the water. the last application rinse is through the filter with a fine mist like the car washes produce. The only streaking that I have is where it leaks down from some holding places. An easy buff with a detailer spray and they go away.
I would think that a filter with a softener in it would work. However, it is also a factor of the soap that you use. the Mr. Clean uses a soap with a polymer in it. I have tried it without that soap, and it does not give me that same look.
If you experiment, let us know.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:15 AM
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 11:53 AM
With many bus conversions the streaking issue is remedied with a quality base coat - clear coat application to the roof, whether metal or fiberglass. Also good rain gutters on the coach help more than you might think.
I used KoolSeal over the composition roof of a past house to avoid a roof job. When we left, the coating had been on three years and still showed no signs of aging of chalking. Around $30. per gallon. I was very pleased with the results of bonding, sealing, and good looks. We plan to do the same on the coach roof this summer since the fiberglass roof is beginning to chalk a little, resulting in the white streaks.
When we stop I use blue liquid Wash Wax All cleaner. It cleans bugs and streaks, and leaves a nice shine with no water required. Spray it on - wipe it off. No buffing. I used to use Protect All but I've found the Wash Wax All cleaner easier to use. But I don't use it on the roof.
Be careful that whatever you use is specified for use on fiberglass.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:05 PM
of the roof. we have a full fiberglass roof and the center section is textured so as to help against sliding or sliping. Obviously one wouldn't wax that.
I would think 'rain gutters' could be fitted also if the problem continued to be a nuisance.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:27 PM
Just read all the answers. We had the same problem, fixed it. But i can tell You it will take some elbow grease to get it done (You might want to farm it out).
Start: get the area wet, get some Bar Keepers Friend (soft scrub cleanser) and rub the area down to get rid off the oxidation.You can feel it. I used a old Terry towel. You have to wash it out from time to time. Use the hose and wash everying off from the effected area. Let it dry and feel the smoothness of the prepped area.
The next step is just about as labor intensive. Apply RED MAX PRO #3. Be sure to use only #3 (there are 5 or 6 different numbers). Apply it with a old T-Shirt or a Micro Fiber Cloth. The only Caution is wear Nitril or Latex gloves. When this stuff dries + You did not wear gloves, you will have polished Fingernails for 4-5 weeks .
Now comes the Bomb. You have to reapply THIS STUFF 4-6 times. It will take you 7-8 Hours if you have a 40 Footer like we have. But, you will like it. The reason is as you will see, every coat you put on the surface will look shinier. Ours looks like it was clear coated. Its been 2 years now, and I have done nothing other then hosing and occasionally brushing it down.
You can find it at Lowes or at Home Depot. Bar Keepers Friend was around $ 3.00. I needed 3 cans. Red Max Pro #3 wasabout $ 18.00 or so per Gallon . I needed 1 1/2 gal. to do our roof. Like I said, you might not want to tackle the job, its not for the Fainthearted. Before I forget , don't get it on the windshield, or you stand there with a Racor Blade for some time.
I am glad I did i , no more streaking (white streaking) since then.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:42 AM
What we have found works best is to dilute the Quick n Brite into a heavy solution in a bug sprayer and spray down the motorhome then come back with a pole brush and the remaining solution to scrub the exterior down. Giving it a few extra minutes to sit really helps get all the white/black streaks and bugs off with less scrubbing. Before we use a garden hose to rinse it if there are any spots that did not come clean with the heavy solution we use the Quick n Brite full strength with a stiffer brush (non-abrasive!) and apply it to the remaining build up then let it sit again (about 15-30 min). We also do the same thing on the rubber roof. Spray it down then come back and brush it in, then rinse with a garden hose. (It does not dry out or crack the rubber roof.) Been satisfied with the product since our first time trying it.
It works better than our previous products in every area of the RV we have tested it on. We joke with our friends we should be representatives because we love our Quick n Brite so much!
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