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Old 10-23-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Washed the roof

Decided to take on the task tonight to wash the roof. I need to do some sealing on the roof so I thought I would start with washing it.

Used the mixture I found on this forum of water, bleach, and dish soap.

Seems to work ok but could use a brush to get all the dirt off.

It is a fiberglass roof and a lot of small grey particles washed off into the drive. Is this part of a sealant that was on the roof or is it part of the roof?

Had to wash the entire coach when finished with the roof as it had many black streaks on it.

What a job but it is done and it looks much better.
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I don't think that I would use the bleach on a fiberglass roof as that is more commonly for rubber. As to the particles, does the roof still have a good coating of clear coat on it and shine? If it does, I really don't see how it could have come from the fiberglass. It might have come from any sealant used along the edges of the material and around the roof penetrations but my suspicion is that it was some residue of what had collected on your roof and nothing to be concerned about.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:58 PM   #3
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I have been washing the fiberglass roof on my Dolphin twice a year for almost 10 years using a 5 gallon bucket with hot water, with 1 cup bleach, a squirt of the original blue Dawn Dish soap, and if needed a sprinkle of Bar Keeper's Friend. I use a telescoping scrub brush, and use extreme caution because it gets SLIPPERY! I noticed some crap on the sides and ground once, and determined it was the small original solar battery charger falling apart after 9 years.

Once the roof has dried, I then apply 2 coats of Mop and Glow with a sponge mop. This wax has never yellowed or flaked to date. No more black streaks, and it increases my fuel economy by about 20 MPG! Of course, your MPG may vary. . .

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I need to use a soft brush cuz it still has some black dingy spots on it.

Not sure when the last time it was washed. It sat in the Arizona desert for a few years before we purchased it in June.
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I used a combination of Awesome, Tide, and a spray that had bleach in it. I also used a small pressure washer to get off most of the mold and mildew, which may be what you are seeing in your driveway. I then used my cleaning mix and a heavy bristle brush to get the roof White (as close to new as possible). I then applied a couple coats of Zep High Traffic Floor Wax. I did this about 4 months ago and it held up well.

I rewashed, which as very easy, and applied another coat of Zep. Roof looks great.
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Once the roof has dried, I then apply 2 coats of Mop and Glow with a sponge mop. This wax has never yellowed or flaked to date. No more black streaks, and it increases my fuel economy by about 20 MPG! Of course, your MPG may vary. . .

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If you had used that ZEP High Traffic floor polish you would have to stop and drain the extra fuel every once in a while,-- just to keep the tank from overflowing...

jacwjames: Not picking on your ZEP post, we overlapped...
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[QUOTE] If you had used that ZEP High Traffic floor polish you would have to stop and drain the extra fuel every once in a while,-- just to keep the tank from overflowing...



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I do my rubber roof with Spic & Span and water. Exactly as I do kitchen floors save that in the kitchen I mop again with just water and on the roof, that's what the garden hose is for . No bleach.

I use a "Van Wash" brush (Telescoping car wash brush) instead of a mop, seems to do a better job.

OF course the last time was just a touch up (I was really up there for other work, I have a "China Bomb" Air Conditioenr, the condenser fan blew up (Flew apart) and I was replacing it) Noticed some mold so I used the Swifter on that, it does contain a bleach. No Green No More.
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What would a guy use that has a metal roof there is fiberglass around the edges and a sealant/tape that connects the fiberglass to the aluminum. Its a 1982 PA We have always just used Dawn/
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I washed my roof a few months ago and now I get this white residue running off the sides. It leaves white streaks on the top edge after it rains. I wished I never washed it.
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I washed my roof a few months ago and now I get this white residue running off the sides. It leaves white streaks on the top edge after it rains. I wished I never washed it.
What did you use? Maybe you need to wax it or put down a coat of sealer. It probably is the gel coat oxidizing and it needs to be protected. I've cleaned and waxed mine with no streaks or residue at all.
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What would a guy use that has a metal roof there is fiberglass around the edges and a sealant/tape that connects the fiberglass to the aluminum. Its a 1982 PA We have always just used Dawn/
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I have a friend that owns an Airstream TT, he used to use Aluminex clean and shine, then an aircraft wax called Nuvine. Lots of work.

He recommended this site for a variety of products for metal roofs:

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Washed the roof

I purchased a brush for my mop handle and cleaned the roof again today.

I found out it is not fiberglass but more of a membrane stretched over the top.

Not sure what type of material. I think I will call Fleetwood on Monday and see if they can tell me.

I hope the bleach and soap did not damage the material.
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I purchased a brush for my mop handle and cleaned the roof again today.

I found out it is not fiberglass but more of a membrane stretched over the top.

Not sure what type of material. I think I will call Fleetwood on Monday and see if they can tell me.

I hope the bleach and soap did not damage the material.
I did the same thing when we owned a Fleetwood Tioga in the late 80's, never had a problem. I only add a cup of bleach to 5 gallons of hot water, then a squirt of the original blue dawn dish soap. The bleach kills any mold, and whitens the membrane. That must be some tight membrane on your roof to make you think it was fiberglass! The membrane on our old Tioga was slightly bunched up in places, giving the mold a good place to grow.

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