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Old 06-02-2011, 02:11 PM   #15
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For my 1st real good cleaning do you feel TSP and bleach are a better option that Bar Keepers Friend? The out side is real dirty from sitting for 4 years. Thanks for the info.
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I sure do...
That solution will take the dirt layer off without any abrasives involved.
I usually use a long handled soft brush to slop it on and scrub it around, then hose rinse.
It can be irritating to hands if you get it too strong, which I always do
Rubber gloves are a good idea.
Also, many brands of bleach come at higher concentrations now than the longstanding 3 1/2% mentioned above...mfr's have figured out it's cheaper to ship with less water in it!
Check bleach strength on the bottle and adjust amount used accordingly.
Following with Barkeep's friend will shine it up- just remember that the "white stuff" that comes off on the rag is a tiny bit of your gelcoat- don't get too carried away!

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Old 06-02-2011, 08:36 PM   #16
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So how much bleach? and how much TSP to 4 gallons of warm water do you use? THANK YOU!
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So how much bleach? and how much TSP to 4 gallons of warm water do you use? THANK YOU!
I'm one of those by-guess-and-by-gosh types
And I'm not sure how much TSP to recommend since as I mentioned I use powdered dishwasher soap which has phosphorus in it. (it's also cheaper, and the detergents in it help, too). I'd guess about 1/2 cup or so of DW soap. If the water doesn't feel "slippery enough, throw some more in!
The TSP at the lumberyard probably has directions for concentrations...
I see Loren recommends a cup of bleach per gallon- that seems like a lot to me...I think I use about 1/2 cup of the "ultra" (6%) for a 3-gal wash bucket.
One more tip-
Wet the trailer down first, and wash from the bottom UP, just like washing a wall. This prevents streaking.
And rinse real well!

Have fun!

Francesca

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About Barkeeper's Friend-there isn't anything chemically superior in it as far as cleaning ability goes unless you're dealing with mineral deposits.
I think it became popular for fiberglass because years ago other cleansers scratched fiberglass-back then, they had coarser grit for cleaning porcelain on steel sinks, etc. Nowadays any powdered cleanser labeled "safe for fiberglass sinks" will do just as well and will be cheaper.
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