Ensole Cleaning - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-27-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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Ensole Cleaning

First let me apologize for asking this again as I am sure it is in the forums in many places. However, when I do a search I think it pulls up everything that has the word ensolite in it, and while very informative, very time consuming. I usually end up completely off topic, oohing and aaawing at all the beautiful renos and planning a complete gut job....in my head. All I really want to know is if (since my initial scrub a year ago) anyone has determined the best way to clean the ensolite? What product, with a brush? I was gung ho when I bought the Lil' Darlin last year, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, boiling the bellyband trim, ALL the trim inside, but that was about it, oh yeah, replaced a window. Still soooooo much to do, but really trying to get a hold on the basics.

When I opened her up this week, there was a little wet from the windows (front and back seem to be the major cuprits)which I already knew about. Grrrrr, just had to be the biggest and scariest windows. I hope to get all the windows resealed or do them myself. Wasn't too concerned as the small accumulation at the back ends up under the dinette bench. Nothing down there, just sitting on the fiberglass. No wood rotting or anything like that. Where it dribbled in, the ensolite is soiled, which again, not a big deal since I needed to give it another go with a good cleaner. The other thing I noticed is that all the trim that I had boiled and replaced has shrunk back - is this the norm? Also, when I removed the window last year, I realized it was a quick cheap paint job as they didn't even pull the windows before they painted. This year I can see the paint job was covering an even cheaper "repair/patch" and it has cracked so I need to fix that asap. Any and all information is greatly appreciated. I also read somewhere this morning that Trillium is re-manufacturing the moldings and ensolite, hmmmmmm, again I find myself thinking about a gut job lol

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Old 05-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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Soft scrub brush and Tilex has been suggested. Whatever you use it will probably take some 'arm action.' I think that's why this thread appeals to me... let the machine do the work! How much scrubbing to get that ensolite clean?

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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You can see how we cleaned ours before painting, starting at the link below:
Restoring Our 1972 Boler American
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #4
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We had some dirt and grime on our ensolite but mostly some mildew. Bleach and water worked well. After that we masked and painted with flat white latex ceiling paint. The difference was amazing. We also filled cracks, cuts, scrapes with white latex caulking. There were some sags as well that we cut small slits in the ensolite and sprayed solvent based contact cement on the fiberglass shell. Waiting about 5 minutes before pressing it until it stuck. The cut was then filled with caulking. Looks great now.
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