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Old 05-30-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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How do you remove water rust stains from the outside of the fiberglass rv? WD40 didn't work.
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:35 PM   #2
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Never tried it on gelcoat, but maybe you could experiment with Naval Jelly (no, not navel jelly). Anyone?
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Old 05-30-2006, 09:23 PM   #3
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CLR works great in fiberglass sinks and shower stalls.

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Old 05-30-2006, 10:29 PM   #4
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Per, I have lint in there.

I just removed some rust from the INSIDE glass on my burro. I used a VERY fine grit sanding sponge. I just wiped it across, applying no pressure. I was suprised the gloss stayed intact.

I was willing to put up with a matt spot, but the stain had to go. No worse for the cleaning! Alls well.
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:38 PM   #5
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Sadly, I've NEVER had ANY luck with CLR....
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:38 PM   #6
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Chemistry! The iron oxide penetrates the gelcoat -- Use a product like Naval Jelly or stuf from Home Depot that contains iron oxide-eating acid to get in there and eat the IO without damaging the gelcoat (Rust stains tend to come back in the same spots).

Swimming pool acid works fine except that you have to be VERY careful to keep the acid off any metal parts or it will eat them also -- Keep a water hose running and rinse everything down three times -- Use safety precautions for eyes and skin!!!
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Old 05-31-2006, 01:08 AM   #7
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Sadly, I've NEVER had ANY luck with CLR....
Yeah...what is it with that? Some people swear by it, but I've never found ANYTHING it could clean. Works no better than water for me. Hmph!

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Old 05-31-2006, 05:31 AM   #8
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Yeah...what is it with that? Some people swear by it, but I've never found ANYTHING it could clean. Works no better than water for me. Hmph!

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I had tried to clean the rust from both the sink and the kitchen counter with 3 or 4 products. The only one that worked was CLR Kitchen and Bath cleaner.
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:45 AM   #9
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Doug and Miriam,
CLR sure works well when cleaning calcium deposits from hard water. When I ran the maintenance program at Guide Dogs of the Desert we had misters to keep the dogs cooler in the outdoor kennels. The brass mister orifices would become clogged on a regular basis and we'd simply replace them with ones which had been soaked in CLR for about 10 or 15 minutes. They would come out all shiny clean. Works great around sink faucets also. It only reduced the rust stain in the bottom of our old porcelain claw-foot bath tub though.
Let us know if a truly efficient rust removing product turns up.
Dorie, thanks for starting this discussion!
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:38 AM   #10
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When I got my trailer it has a couple of really bad rust streaks on it. Mine was so oxidized that I wasn't too concerned out ruining the finish. I tried several things, but what seemed to be the most effective was a nonabrasive cleanser: Bar Keepers Friend. (I get it at the grocery store.) Initially, that removed most of it. Then I used a boat polish with cleaners. It was hardly noticeable and it eventually faded completely out.

Be sure to get rid of the offender or it will come right back.

This is one place that I have a before of. The picture isn't great, but if you click on it to enlarge, it might help see it better. It was really much worse than it shows in the picture.
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There's a product that's been on the market for years and years. Found at most grocery stores called "Zud." I know it really works for cleaning rust stains on stainless steel. It's non-abrasive. And most of all very inexpensive. Comes in a "can" similar to Comet. Certainly would be worth a try.
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We have a lot of iron in our well water and have used Iron Out to remove the stains from our bath tub and washing machine. The washing machine has both plastic and metal areas where the rust accumulates, Iron Out works every time. I've picked it up at Home Depot and Canadian Tire.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:33 PM   #13
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Never tried it on gelcoat, but maybe you could experiment with Naval Jelly (no, not navel jelly). Anyone?
Per, I bought some naval jelly and it worked!! Wow. Thank you.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:35 PM   #14
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CLR works great in fiberglass sinks and shower stalls.

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Heh Victor, thanks for the information. I will try CLR at some point on something. I think I will pick some up. I am getting so many good ideas on what takes off what that my supply list will be probably lengthy when I stock up on items.
Thanks for the info.
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