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Old 03-27-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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How-to-RESTORE shine

Would like some suggestions how to restore the shine on our 2001 Solaris T-2570. Overtime our trailer has become very dull. The cover over the front window shows little cracks and the Sunline decal has practically disappeared. We would like to restore our trailer because we use it a great deal in the summer and fall seasons and would like to have the outside representive of the fine workmanship of our investment.

We have tried several dish soaps and the WD40. We are not sure if our home water source might contain minerals, or if this is a normal condition of the manufacturer.

Thank you for some advice..SanSun
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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SanSun, welcome to the Sunline Club. Part of the fun is shining them up to make them look as good as possible

You don't say whether you have Al or fiberglass siding, but either way you'll have fiberglass doors and front window awning. The cure is lots of elbow grease, and, unfortunately, there is a limit to what can be recovered after years of neglect. Nevertheless I still encourage you to give a try.

Sunline promoted their "Krystal Kote" no wax Al siding. However, wax does not hurt it in anyway and any trailer should be waxed. Wax removes black streaks and puts down a slippery surface that deters their return and makes them easy to wipe off with a terry towel when they do come back. Several of us use NuFinish, which I've used on cars for years, but any high quality wax that you like should do a good job on the trailer. Do not wax decals. 303 is a good UV protectant for all decals, vinyl or rubber, including tires.

Read this thread of fiberglass restoration to get some ideas on how to tackle the doors and window awning.

Wash the roof before doing any waxing of the siding. Virtually all cleaners, except automotive car washing soaps, will remove wax a lot faster than you can put it on. This includes black streak removers which should only be used in a spring clean up before waxing. Do not use any solvents on the rubber roof. Wash it with an all purpose cleaner like Awesome or even laundry detergent like Tide. I wash off of a top quality 8 ft. step ladder--the roof is not walk on--using a stiff bristle brush and telescopic handle. Rinse immediately after washing and rinse the sides too so dirty runoff doesn't dry. Obviously a cool cloudy day is preferred--nothing different than washing and waxing a car.

All of this obviously takes longer than a car and is a lot more work if you have the corrugated Al siding. Depending on stamina, many people divide this kind of major spring clean up over several days. I wash my trailer when it's dirty and wax at least twice--spring and fall. I wash the roof about every other time--depends on where we've been with the birds and tree sap.

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Thank you henryj for your advice. Now, we need some weather conducive to our work project ahead of us. I am anxious to restore the shine to our Sunline. It is Al and has the coating. We are grateful to own this rig, as women, and still able to travel during the summer and venture to new campgrounds. Of course, like others, we are concerned how high gas prices keep rising and what limitations that might mean to us. Thanks again, henryj
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SanSun2001....where in upper NY state are you??? Check out the 2011 Adirondack M&G September 23rd to Sept 25, at Nick's Lake in Old Forge, NY
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Thoughts about waxing my trailer. Has anyone ever used the spray waxes that are our there to use on cars, or spray detailers. what about using armor all on the front window awning. And whay can't wax be used on decals...
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