Removing road grime and oil specks off fibreglass vans

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:57
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Does anyone have any tips for removing road grime and oil specks from our van.

Is there a product you can use to polish the fibreglass.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:06

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:06
Hi Bunny,
What about using a spray bottle with either kero or turps spray on the effected areas, let the grime 'run' & tar spots soften then hose off with a Gerni or similar.
Finish with a good boat/marine polish.


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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:09

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:09
prepsol or wax and grease remover, you get it from auto parts suppliers. this stuff will disolve the grease and grime (tar) from painted surfaces without any damage to painted surfaces.


Kitten car polish in the green bottle to remove any traces. both of these shouldn't affect the fibre glass. This will clean any reisdue left from cleaning with prepsol.

I use the kitten car polish in green bottle to polish scratches out of my cd/dvd's, polish my headlights, does this without turning the cd/dvd' to crap. shelleys stuff does this. turn cd/dvd, acrylic to crappy soft mush.
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:29

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:29
Howdy Bunny,
As oldfart mentioned, Turps. Crap off the road will come off with turps, being a oil based product.
A little bit of elbow grease helps too LOL.


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Reply By: Member - Brian R (WA) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:55

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 20:55
Hi Bunny
next time you are about to set off....spray some canola cooking spray in a small area usualy effected, see if it makes cleaning any easier. Just something that was passed on to me
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 22:22

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 22:22
I suggest going to a truck accessories place or maybe even a spare parts place and get a container of truckwash.
All the big trucks are fibreglass bodies, and they clean up well with truckwash.
There are probably a few different brand names to choose from.

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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:49

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:49
hi dave b
i'll second that
truck wash will remove most road grime let it soak for 20 min and then rub with washing brush and hose off if the dirt is heavy mix a ritcher batch
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:21

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:21
Bunny,
Oldfart and Jon are spot on, Kero or Turps will get it of then just wash with CT18 when all the Tar & oil specks are gone, then polish with anything that has a Wax in it. I drove Bitumen tankers for over 20 years and that's how we cleaned them.

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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 05:01

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 05:01
Never use a car polish on fiberglass, always use a marine grade polish. This is the common advice from all fiberglass van owners including me.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 10:14

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 10:14
I second that and as a word of warning dont leave truckwash on too long before rinsing as it will over time take the shine off the finish.

Had several buses that had to be painted because of overuse of truck wash that was allowed to dry on the surface.

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