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Old 05-15-2006, 10:06 AM   #1
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Cleaning Fuzzy Interior Walls??

The interior walls of my 97 Excella are covered with some kind of "fuzzy" cloth, (nylon or polyester I'm guessing). Does anyone know a good way to clean them? Everything we've tried doesn't seem to work.

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Old 05-15-2006, 10:33 AM   #2
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Smile I'd love to hear what other folks are trying

Hi Steve,
We have a fuzzy wall too for our 96 excella, white fuzz that is. So on the advice of the forum I've been trying oxyclean on the dark spots. It works, but it takes several applications (I'm at 14 x on one spot, once daily for 2 weeks) and I don't recommend scrubbing too hard cause the fuzz comes off. So elbow grease isn't the solution here.

I'm seeing limited results, but I was told it takes many applications. I just used the powdered oxyclean mixed with water, spray it on, dab off extra stuff.

I'd love to hear other methods.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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Hummm. One definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over expecting different results."

You must be getting some results. Right?
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:23 PM   #4
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Smile Yes its working, slowly on the big spots

Hey my favorite line from "Start the Revolution without me" was
'crazy, I'll show you crazy'


Yeah it does work, gradually, but I should have explained it better, the long black streaks on the inside, some are super dark(caused by oxidation?) and take more work--its not my favorite pastime but I don't like the place looking dirty. The minor marks came off great. The big spots take more work.

I'd love to hear about a better product/way to do it.
Inland Andy? Anyone?

I had an evil thought of using white shoepolish ...shh I think hubby would call the whitecoats if I did that!!
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:10 PM   #5
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Carpet Cleaner?

I'm wondering if a commercial carpet cleaning spot remover would work? We've had very good results with Chem-day. They could steam clean your carpet, upholstery and have a go at the "rag" on your walls too.

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the long black streaks on the inside, some are super dark(caused by oxidation?) and take more work-- The minor marks came off great. The big spots take more work. I'd love to hear about a better product/way to do it.

I had an evil thought of using white shoepolish ...shh I think hubby would call the whitecoats if I did that!!
often those long black streaks are exactly as you've suggested, aluminum oxidation. the surest way to bring the black streaks to surface is by vacumning the walls.....a real no no.

i suspect steam would only weaken the adhesive and any vacumn device will make this discoloration worse over panel seams and rivets...

it is virtually impossible to remove this aluminum oxide....

i've wondered if one of the watery liquid 'tarnex' like products sprayed or dabbed on might instantly remove the oxidation marks....but i haven't tried this and don't know what if any negatives might result.

some one want to try a spot and report back?

shoe polish.....no,
but i have seen the wall fabric sprayed with color and some excellent results....somewhat like dyeing carpet.

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Old 05-15-2006, 06:28 PM   #7
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Smile Perhaps some dye

Thanks for the idea 2air, I'm going to see about some white dye for those streaks and try it on an inconspicuous spot, I know just the one...that just may be the ticket!

I'm not too sure about tarnex stuff, I think I'd go with the shoe polish first! Fewer carcinogens in shoe polish right?

I have tried rubbing on carpet spot remover, greased lightning, etc. Haven't vacuumed the walls so I'm glad you told me that's not a great idea.

Maybe Jax Ctr would have some info or the guys on the VAP?
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I had pretty good luck with this method as Steph shared....check out this thread...

http://airstreamforums.com/forums/219660-post43.html
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Smile Yes I stole the idea from enduroryda!

Thanks it does work, I may have worse problems than others, well I mean fuzzy wall problems!
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Yes, try a professional carpet cleaner. They can clean all your carpets, and upholstery while there. Be sure they test and identify all textiles first (the sign of a true professional). I own a CC business and would clean an entire interior for not much $. Should not really take to long to do the whole camper...
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Old 05-18-2006, 06:51 PM   #11
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Smile Emailed the mother ship at Jackson Center and...

Heard back from JC Service Center in an email, the gist was go ahead and try many things, especially something along the lines of oxyclean so there we have it, kudos and thanks again for the tip enduroryda!
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Old 05-18-2006, 09:12 PM   #12
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A fire axe used liberly!!! Several of us have used everything we can think of to no avail. It may lighten it some after 3.145 times 10 to the 9th power applications, and I'm almost there. I just call it character markes, anyone that has an Airstream with this wall covering knows about it. Oxidation is the bad boy. If anyone hits on a product that works please make a brand new thread. This ugly stuff is not a water stain the 02 cleaners work pretty good on its just plain bad.
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90's models have FUZZY stuff on the walls? Wow! My '79 has STICKY STUFF. You all should consider yourself kind of lucky.

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My smooth vinyl panels were the lea brea tarpits for gnats and no-see-ums. They were-are quite sticky when heat and humidity are up, and the pleasent weave effect on them was actually 1,000's of tiny winged insects that made it through the screens...

OxyClean? I got a grease spot the shoulder of an Izod Polo shirt, tried a dab of oxyclean on it and next morning the stain was gone, but so was the fabric.
Beware oxidizers will eat most anything, some faster than others...
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