Cleaning the van

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  1. GJH

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    Our van sides and roof are aluminium but the back panel and the overcab plus the sections between the cab and sides are GRP.

    I don't know how it had been cleaned before we bought it but since we did we have used Onedrywash as we did on the previous van. That has been great for the aluminium parts but the GRP seemed to have greasy ingrained dirt. Perseverance with Onedrywash cleaned the overcab but the muck never really came off the back and the bits behind the cab properly, resulting in patchiness.

    Some time ago I saw a post about No More Dirty Bike from Poundland being effective and bought some but didn't use it immediately. This morning we finally got round to trying it and it really does do the job.

    It takes a bit of elbow grease and the result isn't perfect yet but it's a good start and we'll take a "little and often" approach, using Onedrywash afterwards as it leaves a polish coat which makes subsequent cleaning easier.
     
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    Thanks for that info. We were told by the lady valeter at the dealers that ShowroomShine was a good product, I would be interested to know if anyone has tried it? Unfortunately have no water source where MH is stored.
     
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    Having got it clean, I would treat it with Farecla Marine Gel Coat Restorer (with wax). I use it once a year and it retains a good shine and inhibits yellowing.
     
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    The No More Dirty Bike does need water but you could probably carry enough in a container if you were only treating small areas.

    We've been using Onedrywash for several years since seeing it demonstrated at shows. We find it is easier than using water and shampoo and gives a better finish. I haven't any experience of other products I'm afraid.
     
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    It amazes me how folk will use all sorts of rubbish to clean their vans. No More Dirty Bike has to contain traffic film remover, the cheap TFRs contain caustic which will get things clean but at the cost of goodness knows what damage. Using a dry wash system has probably ground in the dirt into the GRP so would probably need something like http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meguiars-Marine-Heavy-Oxidation-Remover/dp/B0000AY4YX and plenty of elbow grease and followed up with a good quality wax. I did try the stuff Jeanluc uses but was not too impressed.
     
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    I used a soft brush, a squirt of washing up liquid in a pail of water and lots of rinsing using a hose on ours...... probably should wax it but it' been raining since.
     
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    Be careful, washing up liquid will strip off the wax and accelerate rust (Google it) :eek:

    Just use plenty of water with a quality car shampoo (y)
     
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    I know you dislike dry wash systems, Mike, but the exact opposite is the case.
    As I said in the OP (not clearly enough obviously) the GRP seemed to have greasy ingrained dirt (i.e. it was there when we bought the van). The Onedrywash took the dirt off the GRP but not as well as off the aluminium. Onedrywash has not damaged the surface, if anything it has protected it.

    No More Dirty Bike is used by first wetting the surface before spraying it on then leaving it for a couple of minutes before washing it off with plenty of water. Not much time for surface damage.
     
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    Washed my fibreglass roof by : wetting it then, using a mop and bucket of warm water and Fairy Liquid, all done from a ladder... worked great, first time it had been washed in over a year(y)

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    It creeps into seams etc. So stays there and corrodes. Moat cheap products use TFR as it does clean as it dulls and eats into your van.
     
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    I was told, (when cleaning showroom cars for a living) that Washing up liquid has salt in it and can damage paintwork!
     
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    We didn't use it near any seams and ensured it was well washed off.
     
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    Very true, it's used as an abrasive and a filler to bulk it out. You can see it on windows, it leaves white residue.
     
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    Sorry to be a pain Graham but..... what is GRP pleeeeease!?:confused:
     
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    Glass-reinforced Plastic (or fibreglass) :)
     
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    Grrrrrrr And TFR means?????
     
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    :merci:
     
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    Traffic film remover. To be fair to Mike, he did put it in his post before using the acronym :)
     
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    I never recognised it ... I must learn more I guess!! Ta Graham!
     
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    WE ALL KNOW HOW YOU LOVE WASHING THINGS !!!!!! fun!!! fun!!! fun!
    !!
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