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Old 03-26-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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A day of cleaning: Before, during and after

Well I finally got my 78' home. It had been sitting in a back yard for 15 years collecting dirt and grime. This is what a simple power washer can do! Now if I could only power wash the brown shag and gold furniture! My next step is to rip out the carpet and look at the floors.

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Old 03-26-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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Surprised pwer washer didn't remove some of the blue pinstriping along the side stripes, but maybe it did and we just can't see it... Looks way better...

Good luck with the interior... Wish we could all say Harvest Gold and Avocado were making a comeback, as the "boomerang" formica lately...

Several ideas to ponder as you work inside...

1. Couches and chairs and upholstered items easier to recover and less expensive if you disassemble (with pictures and sketches) and take to non-RV shops in pieces..
2. Unless you are great sewer, try one of the curtain shops for replacement curtains, like Ambruso or Fowler or (Help me here.. Forum member started new curtain business..) Search "Curtains"...
3. Many members are replacing carpet in rear, but going to natural or synthetic wood-like flooring in entry/couch/kitchen area for ease of maintenance and cleaning... Challenge to find professional installers (lots of cuts per square foot..) but results look good.
4. Replacement mini-blinds orderable from places like Home Depot or Lowe's for less, and test with one to find versions that can re-use existing mounts... You also have option of sliding window coverings..
5. Be sure furnace, water heater and pump and refrigerator are in good leakproof working order first, as they might cause re-work of other interior items if they fail after you finish...

Good luck...


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Old 03-26-2007, 12:57 PM   #3
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silver threads is the curtain maker on here. nice job on power washing , hpoe you didn't blow out any of the sealer in the seams .
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Old 03-26-2007, 01:03 PM   #4
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Looking good! Amazing what a little water & elbow grease will do!

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Old 03-26-2007, 01:17 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by bobchevy89
hope you didn't blow out any of the sealer in the seams .
They probably need to be resealed anyway at that age. Nice job, that's a startling transformation! Just think how much more the PO could have got for it if they'd bothered to do that first!

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Old 03-26-2007, 01:18 PM   #6
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I'm amazed that you were able to power wash the AC shroud without destroying it - most are paper thin by now.

Did you have to move the cleaned up unit off of the basketball court?

Check the perimeter inside front and back - that's a good area for "hidden" water damage to the plywood.

As has been said here many times - you have just purchased a down payment on an first class vintage redo.

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Old 03-26-2007, 01:21 PM   #7
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When we got our Airstream....everyone on the Forum that we spoke to said no to power wash. Yours look super following the power wash. We have a power wash...we decided to LISTEN to the experts and followed the cleaning with the power. We used Man-power. Not Power Wash.
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Old 03-26-2007, 02:17 PM   #8
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As far as power washing the exterior, I did pay close attention to the areas where the panels were joined. I always pointed the nozzle so that the water would flow over and away from the joint and tried not to direct the water between the panels. As far as I can tell at this point I was fairly careful. The air-conditioner shroud looks better in the picture than in reality. I was carefull with this part also. I didn't crack it or blow thorough the plastic, but it does look kind of fragile. As far as the interior is concerned, I plan on making all of my own cabients and countertops after I search for bigger problems of floor rot, leaks, rear end sag / seperation. The axels are also on the list along with brakes. I had to purchase new tires just to get the thing rolling.
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Old 03-26-2007, 03:25 PM   #9
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We used simple green and clorox, the green stuff came right off with a light brushing and water hose. The unit had been sitting for 4 years.
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Old 03-26-2007, 05:50 PM   #10
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Welcome to forums. My husband put the " remove all" on ours this past weekend and used a pressure washer to take it off. it worked great as far as the clearcoat, but it did take off the blue striping, which neede replacing anyway, so maybe it was a good thing?
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:28 AM   #11
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Dear erock53, I plan to do something like you did with pwer washer. I would like to know if the job keep a good look after few months and what kind of wax did you put after. I have an excella 500 1989 in pretty good shape but some oxydation spot on.

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