Originally Posted by desidou
We washed our new 2005 19' Bambi this weekend and now I am afraid we did more harm than good after reading some of the posts on the 'removing pine sap' thread.
I posted a thread last week asking for advice on what products to use when washing and pretty much came to the conclusion that I needed Amor All car wash and look for stuff that says "Safe for use on clear coats"
On Sunday, we went to Auto Zone and various other stores in search of Amor All Car Wash -- only found the squirt on gel stuff, so passed on that route and found this "Black Magic" car wash that advertised that it was safe for all finishes and safe for clear coats. Bought that and moved on to the dreaded bug & tar remover...
We chose Turtle wax Bug & Tar remover (again, stated "safe for use on clear coats) and proceeded to use it on the rock guards (stainless steel if I recall correctly) and in a few spots up on the front, top area where the AIRSTREAM letters appear.
Did we do damage to the trailer by using these products? Now I'm scared that we did more harm than good by washing it this weekend.
We were so proud of ourselves for doing our best to keep the trailer in 'like new' condition, now I feel like we took 10 steps in the opposite direction.
Let me either put your mind at ease, or cause you blind panic.
1-Did the Bug and Tar Remover perform satisfactorily? No more sap, bugs, blobs of road tar, etc?
2-Do you now have dull blotches, or discolored spots on your coach?
If the answer to #1 is Yes,and the answer to #2 is No, no problem.
If the answer to #1 is No, and #2 is No, no problem, try something else to remove the spots.
If the answer to #2 is Yes, then you may have a problem. Try waiting a few days for the blotches to fade back into the rest of the finish before hitting the "Panic Button".
If, after a few days, you still have the blotchiness, with no sign of improvement, then there is a problem, and we will put our virtual heads together, and see if we can figure out how to fix it, without completely stripping the trailer.