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Old 07-31-2020, 11:45 AM   #1
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Best way to clean black mold/grime from exterior molding?

The fiberglass molding around my MH has tons of black grime and I assume it is mold, no pun intended. The area where it is the tan color has the coating which has obviously protected it from this mess.

What is the best way to clean this off and get back to the original white? I've also got lots of peeling of the protective covering on the MH. It will take me a long time to repair all this but I want to get started as my wife tells me I need some projects

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Old 07-31-2020, 12:37 PM   #2
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Try a toothbrush and Dawn.....That vinyl insert is replaceable, easier in the sun using strong fingers....comes in 2 widths....3/4 and 1"...
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I've had good luck with "Awesome" cleaner (full strength) that is available at Dollar Tree and Dollar General.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:14 AM   #5
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Try a toothbrush and Dawn.....That vinyl insert is replaceable, easier in the sun using strong fingers....comes in 2 widths....3/4 and 1"...
Thanks for the tip. I will Google it but if you know where I can get that replacement vinyl strip, I'd appreciate the info. I just pulled it off of the entire perimeter of my MH and 90% of the screws below it that affix the molding/trim to the exterior are rusted out. Seems like I should get them out somehow, remove the trim, clean up the area, reseal and reinstall the trim with new screws. I guess I'll have to rearrange the trim so I can just tap new screw holes because the existing holes are shot and will no doubt have pieces of broken screws from when I try to remove them.

Lastly, the vinyl insert piece that you referenced seems to be 3/4" when curved and a little less than 1" when I smash it down flat. Can I assume that I need the 3/4" piece? Don't want to order it and have it be wrong.

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Get the 1".....mine was purchased off Amazon...
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Vinyl insert comes in multiple sizes. Take a piece to a RV parts store. Its sold by the foot, so measure and be sure to buy several feet more than necessary. Second Awsom cleaner. Cheap, and works well.
BTW the first picture sure looks like clear coat failure.
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I agree with 450Donn that there appears to be a problem with your clear coat. Clear coat is not a "forever" protective coating and the amount of time it is effective can be lessened by sunlight, weather, and cleaning products. Be careful what you use and how you apply cleaning products. Brushes have been known to be abrasive and can leave small scratches in clear coat, which can then cause chipping. There are cleaning products out there that can clean both bugs from the front and then your entire RV and are safe for all your RV and car surfaces and clean effectively with only RV wash soap and water, making them safe for the clear coat. Stick with ones that are made in the USA and come with a money back guarantee if they do not work well.
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Thanks for the info.

Yes, I was the cause of the clear coat failure. Purchased the MH used and I used a power washer the first time I washed it. Big mistake.
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When you re install I would do it when it is cool as possible. If you do it when it's hot it will have stretched enough that when it gets cold it will contract and either leave a gap somewhere or eventually break.
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When you re install I would do it when it is cool as possible. If you do it when it's hot it will have stretched enough that when it gets cold it will contract and either leave a gap somewhere or eventually break.
Roger that and thanks for the tip.
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Trick is to not stretch it.......
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This vinyl trim insert is an exact match for the dirty and weathered trim insert piece that I just removed from my 2001 HR Endeavor.

It is probably used on lots of Monaco's in the early 2000's.

It is super easy to install.

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