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Old 08-29-2016, 11:55 AM   #15
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Well...I tried mineral oil and then nail polish remover. Didn't do a thing.

Then I got the bright idea to try some Comet and a non scratch scrub sponge. Got it!Yay!

Thanks for all your suggestions!
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:09 PM   #16
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All clean!
A very productive day....I ground some surface rust off the tongue and painted it with rustproof paint.
I got the backsplash wall clean of it's gummy residue.
And I gave the ensolite a thorough cleaning, rinse and then sprayed with Concrobium Mold Control.

I also discovered a little leak, while working during a rain shower, inside the gaucho bench storage area. A tiny trickle from under the ensolite that only manifasts itself inside the bench. But has probably been leaking there for years, as I stuck paper towel in the low spot beneath the door and sopped up a ton of water. Got it dry and then put a fan inside the bench aimed at the low spot to try and dry it up further. May be coming from the front window or the belly band...who knows? But won't be trying to find it THIS year! Fortunately, I have inside winter storage.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:29 PM   #17
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Looks good... Where the old pump facet was located I took a hole saw and cut out a 3 1/2" hole then slid a chrome cup holder in it.. You will have to put a small piece of plywood under the hole first to keep the hole saw centered... You can see it in this picture barely beside the spray paint...
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:27 PM   #18
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I removed the old grungy gravity water tank and all the water lines. Neither the city water or pump faucetts worked. I just installed new water line for a city water system and used this goose neck "bar sink" faucett from Lowe's. It JUST fit thru the old pump faucett hole and I capped off the hot water line on it. A small amount of "McGyvering" and swearing was required to make it work, but I like it very much.

One of these days I'm going to start a reno thread on the Modifications Forum. My cushions are out for recovering right now, I've done some modifications and I've got a few other things to do yet too.
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Acetone is Highly Flammable

Acetone can be a highly flammable. It will also soften the Gelcoat on fiberglass.
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I use acetone (which is the main ingredient in nail polish remover) to remove tape and glue residues. Doesn't touch the fiberglass.
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Acetone can be a highly flammable. It will also soften the Gelcoat on fiberglass.
Never noticed a gelcoat issue in the 45 years I've used acetone on fiberglass. Of course the container has warnings about flammability.
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I did try nail polish remover on the gummy residue....but when it didn't work (it kind of smeared it around instead of removing it), it quickly got thoroughly cleaned off when I got out the Comet instead. I had to use a couple of applications of Comet on a wet scrubby sponge and a washcloth, rinsing very well several times too. So, no danger of any acetone being left behind!
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Never noticed a gelcoat issue in the 45 years I've used acetone on fiberglass. Of course the container has warnings about flammability.
Me either and I've used it on the plexiglass windows to remove a ton of stickers. Didn't hurt the plexi either,
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Removing goo

Has anyone tried plain rubbing alcohol on a paper towel? Works great on tree sap.
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Me either and I've used it on the plexiglass windows to remove a ton of stickers. Didn't hurt the plexi either,
This is the plastic industry statement about the use of acetone on plexiglass
"Not recommended for continuous use. Immediate damage may occur such as severe crazing, cracking, or permeation losses."

This is an example of the statement "use at your own risk". Damage may happen, or it may not
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Super job on your interior! All your work paid off in the end!! Bill

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All clean!
A very productive day....I ground some surface rust off the tongue and painted it with rustproof paint.
I got the backsplash wall clean of it's gummy residue.
And I gave the ensolite a thorough cleaning, rinse and then sprayed with Concrobium Mold Control.

I also discovered a little leak, while working during a rain shower, inside the gaucho bench storage area. A tiny trickle from under the ensolite that only manifasts itself inside the bench. But has probably been leaking there for years, as I stuck paper towel in the low spot beneath the door and sopped up a ton of water. Got it dry and then put a fan inside the bench aimed at the low spot to try and dry it up further. May be coming from the front window or the belly band...who knows? But won't be trying to find it THIS year! Fortunately, I have inside winter storage.
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Gummy stuff

That Acetone is a very last resort. The Citrus De-solve-it , contractors solvent has worked well for the silicone all over Casita camper connections.

Alcohol works good on accidental permanent marker stains , and a few price labels.
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Used rubbing alcohol on exterior, not plexiglass with good results.
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AIRCRAFT DECAL AND ADHESIVE REMOVER

It is specially formulated to not damage the fiberglass even if you have spider cracks or a caulky weather beaten finish. Its made for the aircraft industry to remove the stickers off the fiberglass hull. IT WORKED wonders on my 85 UHAUL CAMPER
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