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mickietucs 10-21-2017 03:42 PM

Stain removal-not sure what it is
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Hi - I'm new to this forum and am hoping someone can help. I had a cover on my trailer for several months and when I took it off, I saw a brownish stain on it. The only thing I can think of is the cover was rubbing. I first tried water (nothing) then a tiny bit of alcohol (didn't work). Is it possible it's embedded into the exterior? Should I try lacquer thinner or auto rubbing compound? Anything else? Sorry - the photo got turned when I attached it. Thanks!

sokhapkin 10-21-2017 04:01 PM

I afraid it is not a stain, but scrapped by the cover gelcoat... The color of the "stain" is very close to fiberglass color.

mickietucs 10-21-2017 04:26 PM

Well if it is the fiberglass color, wouldn't that then entail having it repainted? Yikes. Thanks for your thoughts.

mickietucs 10-21-2017 04:29 PM

I had purchased the cover used and was fine for the first time I put it on (was on many months). When I took it off this time, the inside of the cover had a similar color to it - wonder if when it rained, the inside material rubbed off onto the exterior - just throwing thoughts out there. I'll try a few more things but if it doesn't come out I'll have to deal with getting professional help! Appreciate your fast replies.

Glenn Baglo 10-21-2017 04:44 PM

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I don't have a cover for my Escape, but did discover this stain. Only thing I could think of is that maybe the neighbour sprayed moss killer or some such on his lawn. I didn't have enough evidence to even ask him though.
Son-in-law used his Porter Cable polisher and some fairly aggressive polishing compound to remove it. He felt it wasn't all gone, but we left it at that.

mary and bob 10-21-2017 04:50 PM

A T@b is not a molded fiberglass trailer so you may not find an answer here. I just did a quick search and found the exterior is some kind of laminated material. I would try cleaning a small area with the liquid version of Barkeepers Friend, which works good on our fiberglass trailers. Try it on a small area, be careful, don't rub hard or long until you see what it does. There are a couple T@b forum groups where you may find some other ideas.

cpaharley2008 10-21-2017 07:04 PM

I had a T@da, the T@b's big brother. The exterior is alum fiber, thin fiberglass exterior. That stain should just wax off as the exterior is impervious to liquid unless it is cracked which can allow liquid to penetrate and then you have issues.

bsedwebt 10-21-2017 07:24 PM

FEAR NOT oh stained one! Try first things first. You did water, soap, alcohol, etc... Now try a little spray of CARB cleaner and wipe it off immediately. If that does not work try a bit of car wax with polish in it. If that does not work get some 1000 grit and 2000 grit sand paper and do it with 1000 first and finish with 2000 then wax. IT WILL COME OFF!

mickietucs 10-22-2017 07:40 AM

Lots of suggestions-thanks
Want to thank all who replied to my "stain" issue. I had posted this on the t@b forum - one person suggested an auto compounding polish - but wanted to try this forum as well. I'll give it another go --- thanks again!

Captleemo 10-22-2017 10:45 AM

I would not recommend using carb cleaner on any kind of paint but I would try some Tilex on a small portion of the stain. Just spray some on a piece of paper towel and rub it on a spot and leave it. I use it on my grab handle by the door as it gets moldy after awhile and it cleans it up like new. I just wipe it on and let it doe its work.

Phil 4500 10-22-2017 06:16 PM

Go to a boating store and ask for FSR. (short for fibreglass stain remover) It works great for removing stains on boat gel coat.

mickietucs 10-23-2017 10:58 AM

I had read about this stuff. May try that next. Thanks.

mickietucs 10-23-2017 11:00 AM

Update on outcome (as of today)
Want to again thank everyone. I tried several different things and the one that has (so far) shown a difference is Barkeeper's Friend. It's a lot less noticeable. I may not have enough strength to rub the area hard enough (and do not own an electric polisher). May try the last suggestion of FSR next time I go to the storage place.

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