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Old 06-04-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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White roof on '04 Safari is causing streaks

Hi, The roof of my Safari is white. Not sure if it's a factory applied paint, or ???. I suppose it's function is to reflect heat in direct sun.

When I hose it off, the rinse water is like very diluted milk- obviously particles of the white coating are rinsing off (probably mixed with dust and dirt that settles there). A bigger issue (I admit I don't hose it off too often) is the condensation in the morning running down the side of the trailer and leaving white streaks. They wipe right off, but it would be nice to resolve this.

Suggestions? I've carefully waxed the aluminum sides of the trailer, but never the roof. Would that help? Another kind of coating or treatment?

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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My 2006 has the white roof also. I too believe is is to reduce heat to the interior. The sun causes the paint to oxidize and it forms a dust on the surface. (My 1991 Camry does this too.) Rain / dew mixes with it and that causes the streaks.

I used the Walbernize wax on the top as well as the sides, this slows the paint oxidation and eliminates the 'milk run' down the sides. It works on the Camry too (Turtle Wax Hard Shell wax) but it has to be done a couple of times a year. I choose late spring (April) and early fall (October). Temps are lower and I enjoy the time outside more.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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Get up there and wax it. The paint is oxidizing. I use Nu-finish, that once a year car polish, you can find it at any auto parts store. I had the same issue before I polished it.

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Thanks all, makes sense. I looked at it closely this morning and the paint is pretty rough. Should I use some rubbing compound or polish before I wax it?

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Thanks all, makes sense. I looked at it closely this morning and the paint is pretty rough. Should I use some rubbing compound or polish before I wax it?

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I don't, but have several damp applicator rags handy, they fill up with old paint residue pretty fast
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I don't wax the roof, but when I wash, I use a hose end mop and rub down the white pretty well. The "milk" runs off the roof liberally. Enough is removed with this process to prevent rain and condensation from streaking the sides in between washes.
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