Headliner: it is sticky - Fiberglass RV

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Old 10-28-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hi. My wife and I just bought an 80's era Scamp. It is in really fine condition. There are only a few cosmetic things that need to be worked on. The one that I'm least sure of is how to clean the headliner. This model has upper walls and roof covered with a foam backed vinyl. It is in good shape so I don't want to remove it. However, it is covered with a tack, sticky film. I tried Dr. Bronner's Sal Soap to no effect. I'm reluctant to try a harsh solvent like acetone.

Has anyone had this problem, or any ideas of how to deal with it?

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Old 10-28-2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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Cigarette Smoke.

Try simple green.

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Old 10-28-2007, 12:41 PM   #3
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Another good product is Murphy Soap. Works excellent on the out side also.
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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. I'm reluctant to try a harsh solvent like acetone.

Has anyone had this problem, or any ideas of how to deal with it?

Thanks, Stephen
I bought the dirtiest Scamp in the world. It was a 13' navy surplus trailer. I thought the interior was brown.

The best and easiest cleaner I found was the Clorox Clean Up with bleach. I sprayed it on, let it set for a few minutes and then lightly scrubbed it off with water. Worked great for me.

Have fun,
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:44 AM   #5
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Butchers speedball original, use it, rinse, use it again, rinse again, and enjoy a nice clean interior.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:33 AM   #6
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i have found mr. clean magic erasers will get the headliner sparkling.
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:01 PM   #7
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I tried many of those cleaners, and they work. However, it is hard work, and breathing can be an issued, especially with products containing chlorine. Don't spray these. Use a small paint roller.

Also, getting the sticky stuff off is one thing, but keeping it from getting on again is quite another.

We are the the type that prepare all our meals in our Scamp. So the chance of getting sticky on again is high, especially since my wife is Vietnamese and loves to stir fry, saute, use garlic, onions, cilantro root, etc.

To accommodate this, I changed out the cooktop for a yacht type stainless steel range, a Force 10. I also added a fan in the window. All the vinyl covered foam was cleaned, then painted with a coat of primer and three coats of white glossy enamel. I would have preferred teflon, but this is about as close as one could get!

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