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Old 05-21-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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Sap & Water Damage

I have a new 19 ft flying cloud. On my last trip sap from trees peppered my trailer and although most of the sap was removed without any major issues or damaged the sap on the plastic window covers was not. I've tried to be careful not to damage and scratch the covers but am now in need of advice as I have began scratching. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Also any thoughts on taking care of the scratches..

One other question, I hosed down my trailer when I returned from this last trip trying to get some of the dirt off. I didn't dry the unit on that day and now noticed the battery cover and the rear bumper cover has paint damage which resembles hard water deposits. I've tried everything to remove this and now feel that my only fix is to have these covers re-painted. I've used a mild auto soap, auto polish, white vinegar, a CLR solution and nothing has worked.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-21-2014, 10:36 PM   #2
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Ouch, I know the pain. I have a 2013 International and I cringe at any problem that arises. You could try Bug and Tar Remover. I think it's made by Turtle Wax. That should be safe for the windows. A suggestion for the scratches would be to go to an automotive paint supply store in your area. You could even take in one of the windows. They are experts in paint and automotive finishes and I have talked to them about scratches and how to buff them out. I bet they could offer you some advice on getting the scratches out and how to remove hard water spots. We have hard water and I have to be careful to wipe the water off before it dries on the AS. A good coat of wax also helps prevent this. Good luck.

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Old 05-22-2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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This probably will sound too simple to be true, but try using plain, really hot water on a rag to remove the tree sap. Works for me! I too went through the gammon of products before stumbling on this easy solution :-)

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Old 05-23-2014, 08:34 AM   #4
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Sap is easily removed with rubbing alcohol. Go to a motorcycle or boat shop. They will have scratch remover.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:33 AM   #5
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Citrus based bug and tar remover works great.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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For the windows you might want to look for a product called Novus. It is an acrylic cleaner and comes in three grades, heavy scratch remover, fine scratch remover, and plastic clean and shine. You will also need the cloth for using it. TAP Plastics is a good source.
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:10 AM   #7
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Thank you all! After using bug and tar remover with some success, I tried Meguiar's auto polish on a small section of the plastic window covers and had great success with all if the small superficial scratches. I've since polished the entire front window cover and it looks much better.

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