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Old 05-01-2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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Sometimes the simplest of solutions eludes us.........over the last year I have tried at least 6 different "high powered" cleaners and solvents to try and get rid of the sticky film that developed on the ceiling and walls of my vintage motorhome. Nothing worked, including WD-40 and acetone. I tried mineral spirits (the odorless type) and it worked fast and easy. Give it a try!
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:03 PM   #2
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....Give it a try!
Gee, I'd give it a try if I hadn't just finished 6 hours of scrubbing my ceiling and walls. I'm glad your experiment will help the next guy though.

The ceiling was so sticky it looked like a bug strip, full of gnats stuck to it.

I also had hard set spotty mildew all over the place, especially near the seams. My solution was to wet with straight bleach in a spray bottle and scrub with "Bar Keepers Friend" a Comet type abrasive. I also rinsed very throughly after bleaching. It worked really well and my walls are BRIGHT WHITE now

Have you ever heard a theory on where the sticky comes from?

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Your timing is perfect! I just bought a bottle of something "high powered" to attempt the same task today... I will just cut to the chase and pick up a bottle of mineral sprirts. Thanks for the tip.

I too am curious.., how did it get stick in the first place. A friend of mine suggested it is from years of cooking inside the trailer.
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Old 05-01-2005, 09:24 PM   #4
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If the issue is the vinyl coated aluminum walls, there are several threads on this.

First, it is obvious, but necessary to point out that ALL sources of open flame must be eliminated to use a flamable solvent such as mineral spirits. Just turn off the propane tanks. Likewise, plenty of fresh air must be available. And finally, be careful around plastics (trim, countertops, etc.) as some may well be damaged by the solvent.

In one of the earlier threads someone mentioned Castrol Super Clean. I bought a gallon of the concentrate, mixed some to 25% strength, and sprayed it on the walls. Within seconds a brown greasy film began to run down the walls. I wiped it up and that was that! To do our 25' coach took, oh, maybe 20 minutes.

While built up oils from cooking and so forth are a factor, it appears that there is something in the vinyl itself that devolves into this film.

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WE have tried many of the solvents and cleaners suggested in other threads and have the same sticky ceiling issues -this spring - by accident - it has been solved. We were at a grocery store had a cleaner for sale at the register for $1.00. yes - I know they put that stuff at the register to unload unwanted stock - but it worked.

It's called Awesome or LA's Totally Awesome as seen on TV degreaser and spot cleaner. The stuff works.

It comes in a spray bottle but the directions say to dilute it 10 to 1. It comes from Awesome products in Buena Park, CA. It specifically says to dilute it - never use full strength - but full strength - it works - diluted a little it works and diluted 10 to 1 it works with 3 applications. To date - it hasn't harmed the headliner in the argosy but I suspect it would stain fabric, cause your hair to fall out and other unwanted side effects. Best buck we ever spent.
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Here's a link to the company...

http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/APCGroup.html
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Old 05-02-2005, 12:08 AM   #7
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Sometimes the simplest of solutions eludes us.........over the last year I have tried at least 6 different "high powered" cleaners and solvents to try and get rid of the sticky film that developed on the ceiling and walls of my vintage motorhome. Nothing worked, including WD-40 and acetone. I tried mineral spirits (the odorless type) and it worked fast and easy. Give it a try!
Believe it or not, clean it from all of the bugs and whatever. Then wipe it down with Future brand floor wax.
I got this from an Airstream dealer.
Works well.
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I've been using "AWESOME" for all my cleaning needs for a couple of years now- and yes, it's the magic bullet for "sticky wall syndrome'. At a buck a bottle too!
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Lou,

I read where somebody else used the future brand floor wax. Can you put it over painted walls? I know it works on the vinyl, but what if the vinyl is painted?

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Lou,

I read where somebody else used the future brand floor wax. Can you put it over painted walls? I know it works on the vinyl, but what if the vinyl is painted?

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I would try it out is an area that is not too visible.
I have used it on all of my vinyl and on the plastic end caps with really good results.
The nice thing is it puts a nice little shine on the surface too.
Every grocery store of hardware store carries it. Put it on once and you are done.
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Thanks Lou. I'll do a test spot and leave it a while and see how it does. dawn
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What chain did you buy this in? I've been looking and it seems no one has heard of it and the one store that did - could never find it.

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The sticky stuff is glue from behind the vinyl. You can't clean it off forever. It will continue to leach through. Best thing seems to be to encapsulate it, which is what the Future Floor Wax does.
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