View Full Version : What to clean comp trailer with?

05-30-2010, 02:08 PM
My comp trailer is looking a little dingy. Looks like hard water stains running down from the roof. Just washing doesn't do much. Anyone have any tips on an easy cleaning product to get rid of the water stains on white painted aluminum and make it look bright and clean?


This Is How We Que It
05-31-2010, 03:51 AM
Greased lightening.

05-31-2010, 08:06 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of "black streaks".
RV owners have suffered with these for years.

You are close with the reason you give.
"Dirty" water runs off the roof.
Sun dries dirty water, leaving deposits.

Clean with a cleaner made for them. Greased lightning works, as do several other ones.
It is still a lot of elbow grease.

To reduce or eliminate the black streaks in the future:
Keep a heavy coat of wax on the sides. Paste wax works best, but anything slick helps.

Wash frequently.

Store trailer away from trees if possible. Rain washes the dirt from the trees onto your roof and starts the process.

There are little "gutters" available that channel the rainwater to one end of the trailer. This creats just one area that streaks and makes them more manageable. I don"t know if any of them fit your rig.

Black streaks are a PITA, but controllable with some (or lots of) work.

Good Luck,


05-31-2010, 07:31 PM
YES... lot's of elbow grease. I have to clean mine at least 3-4 times a year. And it is a lot of work to keep "clean". Now I know why so many black trailers are there.... :confused:

If you need a trailer to practice on, let me know. I will gladly let you come and practice. In fact, I will even feed you if you do a good job..... :thumb:

Smokin' Joe
05-31-2010, 07:41 PM
My trailer is fiberglass, however, I get the same streaks...I buy a product call RV black streak remover (I think WalMart carries it in some areas), works like a charm...add adds a nice scent of oranges to the trailer too:crazy:

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
06-01-2010, 07:42 AM
We sell trailers. the best thing we have found is a product called STREAKMASTER from Streakmaster inc. Dallas Tx. 214-912-3368. The boss really likes it. Seems to cut down on the labor and keeps our new trailers looking new..

06-01-2010, 06:16 PM

First things first things first.... You are a trouble maker......

Here was my little job tonight after work...

This is what it looked like before:

http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/6100/photo0165v.th.jpg (http://img686.imageshack.us/i/photo0165v.jpg/)

Get you one of these at an auto supply store. It is super for cleaning fast.

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/1730/photo0166w.th.jpg (http://img52.imageshack.us/i/photo0166w.jpg/)

Put it on full strength with a spray bottle. I buy my Mean Green by the gallon.

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5305/photo0169c.th.jpg (http://img88.imageshack.us/i/photo0169c.jpg/)

Scrub and watch it run.

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/4056/photo0168t.th.jpg (http://img229.imageshack.us/i/photo0168t.jpg/)

Whalla..... all done. I did the entire 6x12 extra height trailer in abt 30 minutes....

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/9951/photo0167.th.jpg (http://img96.imageshack.us/i/photo0167.jpg/)

06-01-2010, 06:18 PM
If you click on the last picture, it still looks dirty, but it isn't.... that is just wet... I will try and get a picture tomorrow after I get home in bright light and it has dried.