Originally Posted by Melanie
I'm hoping to get a few tips on how to clean up our 'new' trillium
I don't want to do anything too serious until the winter...I really just want it to be clean and fresh...minor cosmetic things for now. Here are the 'top 10'...things I'd like to tackle first:
1. Exterior cleaning... Best cleaning product? Specific type of Spray Nine? What not to use? Quick restoration of gelcoat?
2. Interior cleaning...Best cleaning product on Ensolite (unpainted)?
3. Flooring/Glue removal...I want to remove old vinyl flooring. How can I remove the glue without sanding? Any chemical goop remover safe for fiberglass?
4. Seams...I've read about soaking the trim in hot water, but if this doesn't work, is there trim I can buy to replace it? I don't plan to paint the ensolite either.
5. Door handle...I'd like to replace the door handle...Does anyone know if and where I can get one?
6. Fiberglass repair...If I replace the door handle (with a working lock), I will need to repair small holes when I take the padlock off. Any fiberglass repair advice for screw holes?
Belly band...The black plastic strip around belly band is broken and portions of are missing. Anyone know if this can be replaced?
8. Frame...can I paint it without taking the fiberglass shell off the frame? What's the best paint for the frame?
9. Hubcaps...they are chrome but rusted. How can I make them look better?
10. Upholstery...I'd like to cover the cushions with something temporarily until I find the 'right' fabric (1970s retro pink and orange, maybe?). Someone mentioned using table clothes...bedsheets...has anyone done a slip cover without zippers? I can sew a bit. Love to see pics...
Your tips and ideas are very much appreciated...Thank you. Melanie
1. BarKeepers Freind and 4 coats odf RedMax if your gel-coat is not thin in any places might even wet sand the entire trailker with very fine sand paper such as 400 grit...
2. Remove all the cushions and curtains and spray the walls down with a mixture of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water then use a stiff bristle brush to scrubb it down and wipe clean with a rag..someone on here posted a battery
operated bristle brush that they said worked great.keep the windows
open and a fan on the fumes are wicked..
3. Lacquer thinner will get the really bad glue off and it didn't hurt my fiberglass but I did loose a few brain cells in the process I think...
4. Remove the old vinyl seam tape...don't soak it but boil it in a mixture of some type cleanser such as Simple Green and water about 1/3 to 2/3 for at least 10 minutes let stand til cool and wipe it down and re-install it ..it can be a little trying in some places but take your time and it will go back in place..Mine looked brand new..
5.I really, really didn't want to do this but since I've got 2 already on standby let the bidding begin...Bargman L400 door latch | eBay
6. You really need to do search on fiberglas repair on this one because it a little complicated...
7. It can be bought at most RV dealers or even on E-Bay...Rv trailer 3/4" Vinyl INSERT TRIM MOLDING 50' new black | eBay
..Just make sure you get the right size it comes in 1" and 3/4"........
8. Yes it can and one way I did mine was put it up on jack stands and used a small side grinder with a wire brush on it..then used Por 15 paint..
9.Might sand them down and paint them...or do as I done and buy yourself a set of 14" Ford Ranger Aluminum Rims they will bolt right on and they will give you a little more ground clearance..got most of mine for around $100 for 4 make sure you get the center caps because they are very expensive..a good place to watch is Craiglist.
10. I sewed new covers for mine including zippers..if you need some zippers let me know I bought a 500' roll with 500 YKK guides..still got plenty..Hope this helps RANDY