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Old 06-05-2007, 07:10 AM   #1
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Yellowing trim

We just got the Sunny out of storage and were amazed at the yellowing of the rubber trim around the windows. They really look ugly.

Any suggestions on how to get them back to white again?
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:28 AM   #2
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I'd like to hear what people have to say about this too. My dad's toy hauler, when bought, already had yellow windows. It sat on the dealer's lot for a while. I haven't tried anything other than Awesome, which helped some, but it didn't turn them completely white again. You could try Awesome, just realize it won't get the yellow out completely. I guess my only suggestion would be to see if you could pull off that trim and paint it white.

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Iíve used Awesome and Black Streak remover with some limited success. Black Streak remover worked a little better than Awesome, but either didnít return them completely back to white.

I also would be interested if others had better success at returning them to white.

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Pepsodent! Just a little humor for the older folks (They'll wonder where the yellow went etc.).
I think the only solution is going to be a good coat of compatible paint. I have not painted this type of material before, but I'd stay with paint formulated for use on flexible plastics. Try a small area first and once it has dried, try to scratch it off. It may need a plastic primer first. The reason I say paint it is because once this plastic turns yellow it's not likely to go back to white with any cleaner. Even if you could get it white again, it would be a never-ending process. The paint will resist yellowing much better than the plastic.
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I just had another idea. My grandpa used white shoe polish on some white wall tires that yellowed, so I wonder if that would work? I once tried using black shoe polish on the window frame of one of my '94's, but it got a little flakey after a year or so. Since that frame is plastic, I just assume it was not the right stuff for the job. However, your trim is rubber, so the polish might work. It would have to be reapplied every so often though. I actually like the paint idea best. Fix it and forget about it for a while.

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Seems we have all so far tried almost the same thing. I used my sonís detailing commercial cleaner and a rag to pain stakingly rub it better. BUT it was still not new.

Once I rubbed it closer to whiteÖ I did put 303 UV protectent on it, but still it comes tinting yellow.

If we could find a paint that would work, then we could use and artists brush to paint it on. Clean it good once, then paint. The Auto Industry does the rubber trim painting all the time once they figured out how to make it stick.

Iíll poke around and see if I can dig up anything and report back.

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In the autobody industry it's alot of special prep work with special products to get paint to stick correctly to plastic and rubber,may wanna try some of that fusion paint available at homedepot or lowes,never used it but it's supposed to work well on plastic and resin,etc. I think it only comes in spray cans so you would have to spray some into a small container then brush it on.shoe polish may also work for sometime,I use black on my truck door handles and it never comes off just eventually fades away.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:59 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. I've used 303 Protectant on the trim since the unit was new. Maybe this caused the yellowing?

Looks like we're all in the same boat.

As an after thought, maybe the manufacturers should just use black trim although it's too late for those of us who will be long time Sunline owners.
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