Dumb Question: What can I clean my weatherstripping with? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-31-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Dumb Question: What can I clean my weatherstripping with?

The weatherstripping around my door was once white, but with age, it is sort of grungy. What is safe to clean it with to restore its sheen?

Also, my stove, which is stainless steel I guess, has some little scratches. What can I polish it with that will make it shine?

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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For your trim try Bar Keepers friend, powdered cleanser in shaker can. And a small brush like a tooth brush. (not spouses!) I used a small container of water and a board. Dip brush in water, then stick damp brush on pile of cleanser dumped on board to pick up some powder. Brush what you want to clean. Repeat.

BKF is a kind of bleach and super, super fine soft abrasive, safe to use on glass even. Seems to work better with just a little water when cleaning trim with a brush.

Of course others may have had good results with other products too.

nevr-dull available at most auto stores is a pretty good polish, works on aluminum too which is a bonus. Non-abrasive, can of treated cotton wadding, you pull out a piece and rub it on, then rub off with a polishing rag or paper towel.

Rubbing out a metal scratch if it is at all deep is a fair amount of work.
You can polish stainless so the non-scratched part shines and possibly masks the scratches from view but to remove a scratch you essentially have to rub away the metal to blend in the scratch, almost like sanding, done with finer and finer abrasive compounds until you match the "original" surface.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for those great ideas!
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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you say your trim has yellowed? its become moldy and discolored?
you say your camping neighbors turn up their noses at you dingy trim?
is that whats bothering you bunky?

well lift your head up high, and give a chear for "grunge B gone" is here.

lol, actualy if its a vinyl or rubber product, bar keepers , might do it.
also i recall in the days of old when tires were bold,,,(think wide white wall tires) there was a product for cleaning white walls. i would suspect it would work well on seals too. i know we used to get it from J C Whitney. but i bet most auto parts places can point you to something like it.

should whiten and brighten your seals like ipana toothpaste does those pearly whites.
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Ha ha. Actually it's not moldy or yellowed. It's just sort of grungy. I'm going to try the first suggestions.
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also i recall in the days of old when tires were bold,,,(think wide white wall tires) there was a product for cleaning white walls. i would suspect it would work well on seals too. i know we used to get it from J C Whitney. but i bet most auto parts places can point you to something like it.

should whiten and brighten your seals like ipana toothpaste does those pearly whites.
Are you thinking of Wesley's Bleach-White?
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I have whitewalls on my car so I had Bleche White handy. It did about half the job on the Scamp door trim which was about 70% green and 30% black. I tried Awesome and Windex, etc. but not the Bar Keeper's- it makes sense that a powder/semi abrasive and brush would be good for a textured surface like that.
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Stainless Steel -- BKF

Jen,

I think you'll find that Barkeepers Friend will work well on your stove top also. It's what I use to clean all my stainless steel cookware. Really good stuff. jd
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Must be some sort of Rubber ized paint one could use. Will have to source out as mine is blk but spots with white paint on it.

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