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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 8th Apr 10, 10:42 PM
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    • 8th Apr 10, 10:42 PM
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    • 8th Apr 10, 10:42 PM
    Our car is white and I have always used stardrops and if there is a reallt stubborn tar mark I make a paste of bicarb and water and leave it on the mark for twenty mins then rub off with a soft rag (milk is good too)
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    • 8th Apr 10, 11:21 PM
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    • 8th Apr 10, 11:21 PM
    I use cif for the plastic upvc stuff and it comes up a treat!
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    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 9th Apr 10, 9:43 AM
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    • 9th Apr 10, 9:43 AM
    Sounds like almost any cheapo car cleaning product would work (I get the wash and wax from the poundshop), along with plenty of clean sponges and elbow grease!

    If after a good wash, there are still marks visible, then you may wish to invest in a specialist product to use ONLY on those marks.

    By the way, be careful of using things like washing up liquid on cars, as it contains salt to soften the water. Not sure about other cleaning products such as stardrops or cif, though of course these would be fine on the plastics!
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    • 11th Apr 10, 8:09 AM
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    • 11th Apr 10, 8:09 AM
    I had my car treated with a product called Gtechniq - available via Hayling Sea School, it puts a protective lacquer film on the car and it looks shiny and new all the time - Once a month I clean it with water and chamois off -had it done two years ago and it it still looks squeaky clean and shiny - but expensive for the first treatment though about 160 but i havent had to put it through a car wash since its brilliant stuff saves time and money.
    • Kevie192
    • By Kevie192 11th Apr 10, 8:18 AM
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    • 11th Apr 10, 8:18 AM
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    • 11th Apr 10, 8:18 AM
    I find that Fenwicks is really good but I don't use it how you should.

    I have one of those pressure spray bottles which I fill 1/3 with Fenwicks and the rest with cold water. Then I spray that on the van, leave it for 30secs or so then wipe off with a cloth.

    We got our van ready after the winter a few weeks ago and this solution just washed off any black marks or dirt. Sparkly as new!

    If you want a dealer-shine on the van, use 1 capful of the Fenwicks Bobby Dazzler in another spray bottle and spray liberally, just letting it roll off and dry. Voila!

  • lyndorset
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    • 14th Apr 10, 9:34 AM
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    • 14th Apr 10, 9:34 AM
    My husband swears by white spirit for getting the tar, black streaks etc off.

    I'd recommend Washing Soda and rinse well then leather off to dry.

    Be careful of any cleaner that may have salt or abrasives in.
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 14th Apr 10, 10:14 AM
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    • 14th Apr 10, 10:14 AM
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    • 14th Apr 10, 10:14 AM
    My neighbour uses cheap white toothpaste on a nylon scrubbie thing then rinses it off. His motor home always looks like new.
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 14th Apr 10, 9:19 PM
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    • 14th Apr 10, 9:19 PM
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    • 14th Apr 10, 9:19 PM
    for the caravan my dad uses a mix of washing up liquid and bleach in water - he has a cobbled together extra long brush - he washes the front, back and sides and then turns the caravan 90 degrees in the drive (once the cars are moved onto the road) then scrubs the top with his brush from the bedroom window and then drags the hosepipe up to the bedroom to hose the top before hosing the vertical sides from the drive.

    hope that makes sense!!!!
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    • nuttybabe
    • By nuttybabe 14th Apr 10, 9:30 PM
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    washing powder brings our caravan up a treat. just get the caravan wet, sponge it with washing powder in water and rinse off. easy!
    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 15th Apr 10, 7:10 PM
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    for our static we used a washing up liquid and for stubborn marks there was Cif!
    • Workandpay
    • By Workandpay 4th Jul 12, 9:33 AM
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    We use Universal Stone, it's not abrasive as it sounds but it gets anything off without scratching and you can use it inside your van can too. It leaves a shiny protective coat. Brilliant and it doesn't have any chemicals in it so it's safe for people like me with asthma.
  • Roger9
    best solution for tar on vehicles
    Oilive Oil (or any oil or marg/butter/lard etc.
    Pu a bit on a cloth and gently rub in circular motions, it will thin the tar and at first look like a mess, but then wipe off with a clean cloth.

    If there is quite a bit, you can do it in small bits. Works well.

    We once had a tar machine drop an enormous piece down the back of our yellow car, but did not know until we were home and that was a day later - so it had really dried on. Got the bulk off first with an oiled up cloth, then started on the rest.
  • volvodude
    Just done a quick google on this myself for our van and found this pretty useful: How to wash a caravan
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