Brake cleaner is the best - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-10-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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Brake cleaner is the best

Thanks to this site. I was tipped off as to what actually DOES take decal glue off. Brake Cleaner! Cheap - easy to get -and not so bad on the nose. Thanks
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It may be the best for a metal Airstream but NOT for a fiberglass trailer as you could damage the gelcoat due to the various ingredients found in brake cleaner. Its not meant to touch any plastics or paint.

Whats in Brake Cleaner
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Old 04-10-2015, 02:59 PM   #3
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I prefer to use WD-40 its much safer on the surface your planning to keep.
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Old 04-10-2015, 03:21 PM   #4
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I prefer to use WD-40 its much safer on the surface your planning to keep.
A while back someone suggested WD 40 is mostly kerosene. I don't know if that's true or not? Raz
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Gelcoat is neither plastic nor paint. I've never had any trouble with brake cleaner on fiberglass. As with all solvents though, a test in an inconspicuous place is always a good idea.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:12 PM   #6
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I have used brake cleaner to remove tar on fiberglass and have not seen any negative effects (yet), but as in all things moderation is best. As a side note brake cleaner really does a nice job killing weeds that grow in the driveway cracks.
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A very small amount of Acetone is also a good cleaner for fiberglass gel coat.
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It may be the best for a metal Airstream but NOT for a fiberglass trailer as you could damage the gelcoat due to the various ingredients found in brake cleaner. Its not meant to touch any plastics or paint.
Won't hurt the gelcoat Carol. The solvents in Brake Clean are not as strong as lacquer thinner and I have used a ton of both brake clean and lacquer thinner on my trailer and gel coat.

The original Brake Cleaner was tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) commonly known as dry cleaning solvent. The product was banned or restricted for sale to the public so the newer versions that are now available are usually a non chlorinated substitute.

As with any product test an area before using it. I have definitely seen brake clean melt plastics, pour it in a styrofoam cup and the cup vanishes but no effect on fiberglass or gel coat.
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