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 7/8/2003 11:54 AM
 
What is the opinion on washing RV roof with pressure washer? In an effort to keep it clean I scrub it by hand once a month. Each month I dread the job! And with a power washer sitting in the shed....well it's alful tempting. Looking forward to opinions.
Thanks Semper Fi

Semper Fi
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 7/8/2003 12:47 PM
 
Bobt ...
If your roof is aluminum or fiberglass (and you keep the spray at least 8" to a foot from the caulking, vents (or other roof openings) it should be okay.
I just had my roof washed at a truck wash and it worked fine ...
I know nothing about rubber roofs ... Rules of Life -- be kind, share, pray, listen, wash, floss, flush, recycle, pay your bills, call your mother

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 7/8/2003 1:53 PM
 
You can totally destroy a rubber roof with a pressure washer. You can use the low pressure side but that is no better than a hose. I don't worry about mine the dirt will not hurt it, in fact it doesn't get as chaulky when it is dirty. About once a year I use mind soap on it. Gary

Gary; garyjanc@hughes.net
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 7/8/2003 2:41 PM
 
I have to agree with Gary. I started out washing it about every three months. Then I called and talked with Dicor who made the thing and they told me twice a year using dish deteragent. But they also said that it is only for looks as the same material is used on commercial buildings for roofing and it never gets washed. They said that washing too often would shorten the life of the roof as the chalking slows after it has a layer on the material. So I let my lazyer nature take over and have since washed it onece in a while, like 10 or 11 months or so? And I too believe that I am getting less streaks now than before and I notice them most a month or so after it has been washed. I also do not worry about any stains as most people never go up and look at my roof anyhow. As long as the coach is washed and waxed, everyone thinks that I do a great job of RV care.
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 7/9/2003 6:19 AM
 
OK guys.....thanks for your opinions. Will forget about pressure washing and maybe wash every six months. Semper Fi

Semper Fi
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 7/9/2003 5:40 PM
 
There are a couple good rubber roof cleaners and also rubber roof treatment products on the market that can keep your roof looking bright white and reduce the chalking. The side walls may be shiny but the radius of the roof still shows and a dirty rubber roof really stands out. Some products that have cleaners and treatments are: Protectall, Dicor, Kool Seal and Plas-T-Cote.
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 7/13/2003 5:01 AM
 
Isn't there a Warranty issue with rubber roofs? Isn't frequent cleaning and applying of a protective solution on a regular schedule manditory for maintaining the 10 yr warranty?
As to a fiberglass roof, I try to get mine pressure washed once a year at RV rallies.
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 7/13/2003 9:25 AM
 
I had a 94' Southwind with a rubber roof and cleaned the roof every 6 months & constantly had black streaks. Once I stopped cleaning the roof, the black streaks practically went away. Dicor gave me the same building/roof story.
Regards, Bob
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 7/17/2003 5:49 PM
 
If you contact Dicor or at least look at the maintenance instructions on their web site, you find out that they do not endorce protectall products due to them containing petroleum distilants. DON't use any citrus based product. If I recall the instuctions tell you to use deluted Boraxo.
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 7/20/2003 4:09 PM
 
Hey, folks. I doubt that there is any product on the market that will completely remove those ugly black spots built up on your rubber roof. However, Oxi-Clean will clean your the roof better than anything I have ever used!!! Yes, it takes a little "elbow greese", and you may have to get on your hands and knees for the tough places, but you will have noticable results.
Wet down the roof and then toss the Oxi-Clean crystals on 1/3 of the roof much the same as you would sew grass seed. Clean that portion of the roof, rinse it, and move to the other one third sections.
Don't forget to do the slide out toppers.
One suggestions..if you do the roof, you will have to do the sides of the rv. That's because the water/Oxi- Clean mix will run down the side of it and "clean" off those areas too.
It's non-petroleum based, so it won't damage fiberglass siding.


Rick

Rick
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