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Old 08-19-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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I have sticky ceiling

When I got The AS about 4 years ago the ceiling was sticky and I had to use some really extreme goof off to remove its back...we havent cooked in the trailer but its back and it seems worse than before...I have noticed this in some other AS trailers and I'm wondering what causes this and how do I prevent it from coming back?

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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My advice is to quit touching the ceiling

I think it has to do with the plastic covering slowly deteriorating. There has been a great deal of discussion on this topic, and cleaners and processes to reduce the stickiness.

This one might get you started:


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Old 08-19-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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Those black specks in the ceiling design are really flies that have become stuck up there! It's not so much the finger prints in the sticky stuff that is weird it is the foot prints! Ha Ha!!!! Use the search function on the blue tool bar above and search sticky walls and you will find lots of posts that should help you get the sticky off. I have used spray kitcken cleaner for wood cabinets with good results so far on my walls. Hope this helps Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:32 PM   #4
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I have tried a load of cleaners because my trailer was sticky and smoky, by far the best product is Mean Green. That stuff means business.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:40 PM   #5
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Awning Cleaner

The trick is awning cleaner. Worked on the 61, 68, 59, and most of all the 88. AWNING CLEANER!!!!!! thats the trick
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:49 PM   #6
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After you get the sticky gone, coat it with Future Floor Wax. It's acrylic & will keep the sticky from coming back. I can't take credit for this tip. Andy from Inland always gives this tip out & it works!

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Old 08-19-2009, 07:21 PM   #7
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Tried everything that was suggested here on Airforums, but I've found that POR-15 is the only thing that really works to clean the vinyl interior to my satisfaction, quickly and easily! Sure, some of the other stuff works, but not nearly as easy as with POR-15...

After cleaning and rinsing with plain water, when completely dried, a coat of Future Floor Wax as mentioned above will seal the surface and make it smooth and shiny again!

It was nice to have the old sticky ceiling collect all those bugs, just like your own built-in fly strip...
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:06 PM   #8
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Krud Kutter works great, but you have to rinse well. Then to seal and not have that sticky come back you need to use the future floor polish.

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Old 08-19-2009, 09:23 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Maryw164 View Post
Krud Kutter works great, but you have to rinse well. Then to seal and not have that sticky come back you need to use the future floor polish.

I second the Krud Kutter. Mrs. HiHo did our '77 over 3 years ago and it's still fine. We never did use the floor polish.

I think the trick is to use the trailer at least once a month....
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:53 PM   #10
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I'm sorry gang, I tried Krud Kutter also, and it doesn't do half the job that POR-15 does...KK took several applications to get the stuff off, for ours, at least...POR gets it in one application...learned about it here on Airforums!

You do need lots of ventilation, however, as POR is powerful stuff!
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:09 AM   #11
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Por 15

What is POR 15 and where do you get it? Thanks!

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Old 09-06-2009, 06:40 AM   #12
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POR 15 has a lot of different solvents/acids..........which one?......Not only is this stuff hazardous to the technician/ME; but protecting the interior from spills seems to be a pain........what to do?.......thanks.....Dennis
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:33 AM   #13
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The sticky is caused by the liquid plasticizer which is used in the flexible PVC coating film. It degrades and becomes incompatible with the rest of the PVC formulation is kicked out of solution and ends up on the surface. You have to remove this sticky liquid and then seal the surface so it can not get out again.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:56 AM   #14
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Tri-Sodium Phospate (TSP) works wonders. You can get it at any hardware store. Follow directions and you'll never have sticky ceilings again. I did mine four years ago, and it's still nice and smooth.

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