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 7/6/2009 6:33 PM
 

we just purchased a new motorhome and it has a 3M mask....any suggestions on how to clean the mask once we have the bugs off?  is there a polish or cleaner specific to this?  any help would be appreciated

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 7/6/2009 9:11 PM
 

I think if it were me, I'd contact 3M and get their input on something so expensive to replace should you happen to damage it. In all the years of motor homing, I always wanted the 3M mask but didn't feel I could justify the cost. One thing I did notice when admiring other motor home owners rigs with the mask on them, was the masks tended to sort of "yellow" after a few years. I have no idea if this was normal aging or as a result of cleaning it with some kind of chemical cleaner trying to get the bugs off, especially "Lovebugs" from down south. Removal of those things almost required a hammer and chisel if left on the front of a motor home for very long.


Neil
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 7/7/2009 3:33 PM
 

The secret to keeping the front of your motorhome with a 3M mask or without is to clean it on the days you are traveling. The first thing you should do, after setting up camp is wash the front of the RV and the windshield. The bugs are fresh and will wash right off.

If you leave them for a few days to bake on the finish they will be very difficult to get off and sometimes if left long enough they will burn into your finish and be a permanent mark. I learned this the hard way.

Our motorhome does not have a mask, is 12 years old and the front still looks new.

In the old days before I learned the secret, I would have to use rubbing compound to get the old stained bugs off.

If you have a 3 M mask and have stained bugs on it, they will buff off with rubbing compound but they may still leave marks on the shiny surface if they have been there a long time.

A friend of mine bought a a used Mountain Aire with the mask and it wasn't cared for. I tried to restore it with my buffer and it looked twice as good but not new because of the poc marks left by the burnt in bugs.

The secret to keeping it new looking is to clean it daily after use. This way the sun will not cook them into your surface


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 7/7/2009 10:36 PM
 

Yup, that old cigar smoker is about right. (VBG) Daily cleaning IS the way to go....even if I'm too lazy to do this.  I've used wetted dryer sheets to scrub off bugs, but you need to have a hose ready to rinse before the stuff dries on you.  Probably good ol' soap and water is best when immediately applied.  I use a product called "Plexus" to polish up the mask...just Google it and you'll get some hits.  I think a boater's supply store will also carry it.


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