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Old 08-02-2021, 09:10 PM   #1
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Cleaning roof

I climbed on my roof after about three months of not looking at it. The last time I was up there was about 5-6 months ago when I caulked everything. I was appalled at what I saw. See the video.

I swept it as much as I could, washed it down with a jet of water, and then cleaned it as described in the video. Is there some other easier solution to cleaning the roof. I bought some RejeX but it says not to use on a porous surface. I think the roof is porous.

So what solutions are there to clean up the roof. Can it be painted? I'm here at my Park Host position for another five weeks, so I have time to scrub it but it is going to be a very laborious job.

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks! Oh, yes. It is a 2003 Thor Hurricane 30'

The video was 2 minutes long and too big to upload, so I trimmed it into 30 second pieces.
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Your roof is Not porous. If so, you would have moisture inside your RV.
I used Spic and Span on my roof about a month ago.


As far as painting goes, I was able to re-coat my roof with a 2 part system from Dicor. The cleaning and coating is supposed to be done in 1 day.



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No video. I use simple green and a soft brush to clean my roof.
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Old 08-03-2021, 12:13 AM   #4
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I wash the roof of our TT at least monthly and always after we return from a trip. I use an 8' ladder, hose with a spray nozzle, generic car wash in a bucket, and a long extension handled soft brush. BTW, the bucket is rectangular. Makes dipping the brush much easier.

PS: I didn't see a link to your video.
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I use a dawn solution and a medium strength bristle brush and LOTS of water to rinse. It's a roof and I don't try to create a surface I can eat off of but cleaning give me a chance to inspect it better. Anything put on the roof will rinse off onto the sides so thorough rinsing is important.
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Here's a link (https://www.rv.com/archive/dry-cleaning/) to a past article in Motorhome Magazine about using Wash Wax All to clean a RV roof. I cleaned my roof with it last Spring and it worked well. Especially liked no dirt and soap running down the sides of the RV. Took me around 3 hours, and I did it at the storage yard where I keep our motorhome.
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Let's face it, RV roofs just don't stay clean!
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I wash the roof of our TT at least monthly and always after we return from a trip. I use an 8' ladder, hose with a spray nozzle, generic car wash in a bucket, and a long extension handled soft brush. BTW, the bucket is rectangular. Makes dipping the brush much easier.

PS: I didn't see a link to your video.

I use the same with the addition of a few oz bleach to the soap solution to kill any mold/mildew on the roof and awnings.
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I use the same with the addition of a few oz bleach to the soap solution to kill any mold/mildew on the roof and awnings.
Bleach should never be used on an RV roof or the fabric. You may think it gets rinsed off, but it does not. I will end the life of your roof and fabric very quickly.
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Bleach should never be used on an RV roof or the fabric. You may think it gets rinsed off, but it does not. I will end the life of your roof and fabric very quickly.
Could be, I've only been using that solution for 27 years so far. We're talking 2-3 oz bleach in 5G water. Your experience may be different.
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Has anyone used Starbrite deck cleaner? We used it on our boat, especially the swim deck. Supposed to have teflon in it to help keep the surface clean, and prevent stains.
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Has anyone used Starbrite deck cleaner? We used it on our boat, especially the swim deck. Supposed to have teflon in it to help keep the surface clean, and prevent stains.
I've always thought Teflon was supposed to make surfaces slick???
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One of my pet peeves about RV'g is the damn rubber roof! ( I've started a thread on this many moons ago) Clean it once a year with some kinda rubber roof cleaner. Tried many other products. I don't have a particular product I'm crazy about. They all seem to work quite well but the problem is, is the rubber is somewhat porous and it attracts dirt, dust, sediment, whatever! It attracts dirt!! And, as it rains or condensation builds up, it all runs down the side of the rv and eventually stains or leaves streaks on the sides. Then, I have to wash the sides regularly! Geez, I just have to come up with a new world rv roof material that doesn't absorb any dirt and I will be the god of the rv world lol. Thanks for reading.
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https://dicorproducts.com/wp-content...Mildew4.19.pdf
https://dicorproducts.com/wp-content...-Roof-Care.pdf

You can use a mild solution of laundry detergent, Simple Green, or Dish soap. As you can see in the above link if you have some mildew, bleach is ok.

Don't worry about trying to get it perfect. Once EDPM starts to oxidize it will chalk off a sacrificial layer, eventually revealing the black rubber membrane base. If it looks like the coating is getting thin, you can recoat it with liquid EDPM. Do NOT use petroleum products on it. Some people will apply 303 Protectant. One caution about using products like floor wax is they will yellow and harden in sunlight and can take strong chemical strippers or ammonia to remove when the time comes to recoat the roof. Not only very nasty, but slippery as snot too, which is not something you want while working on a roof.
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