Fiberglass top discoloration

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Knox_Gal
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Fiberglass top discoloration

Post by Knox_Gal » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:32 pm

Please note the different colored areas on the rear fiberglass top near the Airstream logo. Does anyone know how to return the area to a uniform color? The unit was cleaned prior to the creation of the photos.

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JoeD
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Re: Fiberglass top discoloration

Post by JoeD » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:22 am

Im kind of wondering the same thing, ive also want to upgrade and get a proper roof rack and potentially rhino line the whole roof. Has anyone here done that stuff? :D

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GJCamper
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Re: Fiberglass top discoloration

Post by GJCamper » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:40 pm

Get one of those thin green kitchen scrubby pads and a large container of vaseline. Some vaseline on a scrubber and very little elbow grease and that fiberglass comes out clean and shiny. There are products they sell for this purpose but vaseline works great.

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Re: Fiberglass top vexation continues

Post by Knox_Gal » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:58 pm

To date, have attempted to clean the fiberglass top via these suggested remedies:

petroleum jelly/scratchie
Flitz
Gel Gloss
white vinegar solution
Bar Keeper's Friend
polishing compound

Nothing helps; it just gets dirtier to the point where it's embarrassing to attend rallies. Saw a remedy on B190 Nation this week involving an electric polisher, but am hesitant to invest in one of those due to past results. Any other thoughts? Thank you

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Re: Fiberglass top vexation continues

Post by skater » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:51 pm

Knox_Gal wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:58 pm
To date, have attempted to clean the fiberglass top via these suggested remedies:

petroleum jelly/scratchie
Flitz
Gel Gloss
white vinegar solution
Bar Keeper's Friend
polishing compound

Nothing helps; it just gets dirtier to the point where it's embarrassing to attend rallies. Saw a remedy on B190 Nation this week involving an electric polisher, but am hesitant to invest in one of those due to past results. Any other thoughts? Thank you
I'm not sure that would work, either. The polisher still needs some compound to work. The 'ultimate' solutions would be repainting it or wrapping it in vinyl. Neither of those is going to be cheap, though.
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Re: Fiberglass top discoloration

Post by Knox_Gal » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:05 pm

Took the plunge on a polisher and initial results are encouraging. Here is the top as polished below the blue line. The portion above the blue line will require more work, but at least we know that the gel coat is still there.

Thanks for your comments.
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Re: Fiberglass top discoloration

Post by BeachHouse » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:50 am

Wow! Looks great! Anyone have experience with the white B190s?

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