Why does this happen?

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  1. Allanm

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    Our van has a white roof, a white rear, a white cab, white side skirts and light grey sides. On Thursday, I washed it and left it sparkly clean all over
    This morning, I went into the van and noticed black streaks down the back, along the sides at the top and over the cab
    What the........
    Where do all these black streaks come from? We live less than half a mike from the coast, I thought the air was pretty clear here
    Does someone sprinkle soot over white vans when it rains?
    Allan
     
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    Did you wash the roof? Years ago a dealer told me to wash the roof at least twice a year as this is where dirt from the atmosphere collects and then causes streaks when it rains. I follow his advice and this helps limit the problem though we still do get some streaking.

    The dirt round here is dust from the fields and soot from coal and wood fires.

    Rgds
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    There is always dust around and Bill is spot on (no pun intended) about it settling on the roof.

    I clean the roof nearly every time we clean the van. We use Onedrywash and I usually do the roof one day then next day I do the top half of the front, back & sides whilst Jill does the lower half. It doesn't stop streaking completely but reduces it significantly.
     
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    I washed the roof first! I must have missed some muck around the roof lights and under the solar panel. I just bought a telescopic brush so it should be easier to do it. I'll have another go tomorrow
    Allan
     
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    Rubber window frames and trim are the worse culprit. Thank goodness for alloy frames.
     
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    Go on. Be brave. Chuck your brush and get a big scary stepladder that lets you reach half way across the roof whilst telling yourself it won't fall over :BigGrin:

    Show off :Rofl1:
     
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    I like black streaks I do:Rofl1:
    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Some car polish seems to attract black streaks. Autoglym Super Resin Polish is a good polish but straks badly afterwards. I have found that Meguires Gold Class is a good wax for motorhomes and is better at preventing black streaks.
     
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    You can have mine, just come round and polish them off:Smile:
     
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    Hmm, polished the van last week, with Autoglym super resin polish....
    I hadn't noticed the black streaks before that
    I can feel a trip to Halfords for some Meguires coming on
    Allan
     
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    :Eeek: i have got some you can have for free:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    :thumb::thumb::thumb:[/QUOTE]

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