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Old 04-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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My bus has been painted for over a year. never parked under anything. Top is white bottom is blue. The top is filthy and it has little black lines running down from the top. Is the rain that damn dirty. I tried a pressure washer and it laughed at me, I swear I heard it...I guess comet and a brush, any siggestions?
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: Washing bus

Some folks have good luck with Simple Green. This is a very common problem with RV and discussed quite a bit on RV forums. It's almost like they think the black streaks are a symbol of bad personal hygiene. We have very little black streaks. I suspect it is a result of side paint, roof coating oxidation, mildew and the minerals/chemicals in the air and rain water. It will require scrubbing and you need to wax afterwards. It has been suggested to use a good wipe on clear automotive silicone wax. There was a reason we didn't paint the body of our bus white. I think white paint will react and create the black streaks more readily than other colours. The roof has a house type reflecting roof coating (SolarFlex). I coated our roof last summer. We don't have any black streaks.

On edit: i think the roof coating we used had a mildewcide/fungacide included in the mixture.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:47 PM   #3
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287 SF -- SolarFlex
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Henry 287 SF – Solar Flex® White Elastomeric Coating is a premium, elastomeric, water-based acrylic latex coating. When properly applied, it is highly resistant to disbonding, chalking, mildew, and discoloration.
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Contains rich, top-quality, non-fibered elastomeric
Provides bright white with excellent "hide”
Can be brush-, roller- or spray-applied
Reflects over 85% of sun's heat and U.V.; prolongs roof life
Lowers roof and interior temperatures; reduces air conditioning costs
Resists mildew in humid climates
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:17 PM   #4
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pressure washed with a "tv" cleaner the wife had, worked great, until I turned on my lights, now I am blowing a fuse on the running and tail lights. Something to do tomorrow I guess
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:57 AM   #5
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Re: Washing bus

SEE!!!! Washing your bus (or car) is bad for it!!!! No washing of the bus!!
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #6
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I had the running lights left to replace on the front of the bus, guess there was a short in one of them. I cut the wire going to them, put in a new fuse and viola, all was good. Replaced them, now to hook them up, sure was fun working over the top of the engine. One foot on the tire and one on the air breather..
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Glad you got those lights working. Washing is a total pain, but sometimes it just has to be done. All I use is water and an RV brush. Climb up and down the ladder to do the top...but as I get older, don't know how long that plan is going to work
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:01 PM   #8
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all lights work great, also nice to know there is new wiring there also. getting ready for Talladega this week. It was a handicap bus, with lift, I left the stick on the bus bumper. I have to paint bumper this week also, gonna see if they let me parking handicap parking at the track. I have a placard, since I have a defib, built in now...Makes for a shorter walk to track.....
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