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post #1 of 31 Old 11-09-2011, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the trailer

Just wondering how people do it. I have alum skin one and planning on cleaning it for the winter.

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post #2 of 31 Old 11-09-2011, 07:24 AM
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I wanted to acid wash mine at a truck stop but was told NO and they told me what type of wash to do but of course, I didn't remember. But I will ask around again and find out for you.
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I wanted to acid wash mine at a truck stop but was told NO and they told me what type of wash to do but of course, I didn't remember. But I will ask around again and find out for you.
Thanks, WN! I'd appreciate it. We don't have any special stores around (not sure Walmart can be called "special" ). I've heard about acid wash in past, but you know I'm very unsure about it. I used just usual soap on my old steel one, thinking if I can use the horse shampoo leftover this time.

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We use this on our pontoon boat and it gets all the lake build up off and makes it look great, you might check it out. The stuff goes a long way!

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Thanks, MHFQ!

I found several cleaners on market, but they divide into "raw" and "painted". Not sure if trailer is former or latter...

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Easiest - drive it in a big car wash bay.

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Easiest - drive it in a big car wash bay.

Seriously.
But will it clean up stains and such? I was told you have to use a special cleaner for alum (anything for steel). Not sure as far as it's true (or just money-making :) ).

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But will it clean up stains and such? I was told you have to use a special cleaner for alum (anything for steel). Not sure as far as it's true (or just money-making :) ).
If you want the acid wash treatment - take it to a place that specializes in it. They have the equipment and expertise. We've tried a couple of the at home brands and they don't seem to do much.

The car wash will allow you to squeaky clean inside and out! Just be sure you have your quarters ready!
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If you want the acid wash treatment - take it to a place that specializes in it. They have the equipment and expertise. We've tried a couple of the at home brands and they don't seem to do much.

The car wash will allow you to squeaky clean inside and out! Just be sure you have your quarters ready!
Thank you! Good to know as I was about to order some cleaning liquid.

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My dad has an acid wash on the market. We use it here at home on all the cars etc. It works great. It is called Zims Cymbol and Hardware cleaner (originally marketed for drum stuff) and now starting to be marketed for cars. You can find it on facebook too if you wanted to check it out. It started out as a tractor trailer cleaner for inside and out then my dad gained the rights for it when he sold his portion of truck washing company and now does different marketing things with it. I can show pictures of before and after with cars too if you wanted to see it.

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