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Discussion in 'TOP TIPS & TRICKS' started by ravman, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. ravman

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    My only parking is below trees and I have just spent 3 hours trying to clean sticky residue off the roof and sides. I have used Fenwicks caravan cleaner, Black mark remover, even tried engine cleaner and a foam pan scourer but still some marks remain. SO, anyone any idea's? Best cleaning products/techniques or any idea's as to how I could cover the roof to keep it clean? (bearing in mind that we do use it reqularly inc. days out)
  2. jhorsf

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    Always worth a try in a small area to test with sticky stuff is wd40 then polish well after
  3. Wyaye wires

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    We used dry wash on ours and it took off even the stuborn resin from pine needles.

    Kath & Howie
  4. beerdrinker1

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    caravan roof cover

    Maypole ltd have just launched a range of caravan roof covers, as opposed to full caravan covers, although designed for caravans, you should be able to find a size which would cover the Motorhome roof perfectly,
    Neil at The Caravan Shop Glasgow or Wilma at Knowepark Caravan and Motorhomes should be able to sort you out, both do mail order. :thumb:


  5. TheBig1

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    white spirit on a rag will shift pine resin, but you need to wash with soap after then polish. Once clean coat it with a resin polish like MER and any future deposits should wash off with warm soapy water. I tend to polish my van with MER in spring and autumn and just rinse off any dirt in between with water and a brush. Dirt doesnt stick so well to a sealed and polished surface
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  6. M1TCH

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    Muck off from bike/motorcycle shops its pink made from veg extract :thumb:
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  7. freelanderuk

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    our van is parked under a large sycamore tree and suffers from tree sap on the roof ,we tried fenwicks motorhome cleaner and it was ok but i now use turtle wax pressure washer detergent in a bucket neat ,brush on leave a couple of minuets and then brush and rince, its blue in colour and very soapy and cost about £4.99 a gallon
  8. simsy56

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    My son in law had a white van once, and grubby was it. Sap, streaks, unloved, unpolished.
    So, i put some Jizer in a spray bottle, got my wash and wax ready, and started.
    I sprayed a panel lightly with Jizer, then washed it off with the soapy water, and the results were amazing, all clean and white, and ready for polishing.
    I have done this on my RV with real stubborn marks and it works fine.

    Craig
  9. Spacerunner

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    My van gets fall out from a lime tree!
    With reference to the roof, I just wash as normal, this wont remove all the sap stains. Come the winter natural bio-degradation occurs and it all disappears :Smile:.
    I've had the van parked in the same place over five years and my car gets an even worse covering of sap and it hasn't done any permanent damage.

    Remember a coating of dirt is an extra layer of protection! :Laughing:
  10. ravman

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    Hi, Thanks for that but excuse my ignorance. Whats dry wash??
  11. ravman

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    Re Cleaning

    Thanks to all who replied. Great response. Lots of good advice and should keep me busy trying em out.
    thanks again and look out for the nice shiny Ravenna if in Scotland next week. (it's the one with the floatation bags strapped to side)
  12. wizzer59

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    I use G101 from these people and have yet to find something it won't clean, needs to be diluted so read the instructions carefully, I usualy foam it on the van with my Karcher then brush, rinse and wax and my roof is spotless:thumb:

    Nice van by the way:Wink:
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  13. Jaws

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  14. Gooney

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    I thoroughly endorse G101, very economical to use due to the high dilution rate, it cleans just about everything, it's marvellous on everything from glass shower screens to dirty engine bays:thumb:
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  16. Jaws

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    Hiya Wyn
    sorry mate.. We are off on hols on Wednesday next so cannot do the show :cry:

    I can post it out ? Can you do PayPal ?

    PM me and we will get it sorted :thumb:

    So just the one left now folks !
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    PM sent

    Wyn
  18. beachcaster

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    I bought some of this from Ebay following the enthusiasm of some fun folks.

    Arrived today so I had to get out and give it a go. WOW powerful stuff diluted it 6-1 and did my car with a mini hand spayer then sponged it all over and rinsed off........came up lovely.

    Bought 5 litres so should last for ages.

    barry

    barry
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  19. Theonlysue

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  20. wizzer59

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    Hi Barry
    Yep its great stuff but you do need to wax after cos it takes everything off:Doh::thumb:

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