When we got our first pop up camper, the windows were filthy dirty. Once we cleaned the canvas (you can read all about how to do that here), they really seemed to stand out. I had cleaned them with soap and water, but it didn’t do much good. They still looked awful. I wasn’t sure we’d ever get them looking new again, but I was determined to try.
There were several large black marks on the windows (you can see them in the picture above) that I wasn’t sure would ever come out. And if by chance they did, we were still prepared to have hazy, yellowed vinyl. We couldn’t imagine finding anything that would really get these babies crystal clear again. I mean, this is a 20-year-old camp trailer. It’s never going to look new again, right?
Wrong! Just as I was prepared to throw in the towel, I remembered the ProtectAll that we used on the vinyl on the outside of the trailer (you can see that here). It was actually made to clean and protect vinyl. Since it did such a great job on the outside, I decided to try it on our windows.
We used the same method here that we used on the outer vinyl. Justin applied it with a clean, white sock. Then I went back with a clean, dry sock and buffed it out. If you get streaks, reapply the cleaner, wipe clean, and buff again. We cleaned and buffed both the inside and outside of the windows. It’s a little tedious, and reaching the very bottoms of the inside of the windows can be tricky. It is so worth it, though.
Here you can see just how well it worked. The ProtectAll removed the dirt and dust, all the black marks, water spots, and yes… even the yellowish haze that was coloring the vinyl. It was unbelievable how well it cleaned these windows. As a side note, we have also used Meguiar’s PlastX with good results, although we much prefer the results we get from ProtectAll. Both are available on Amazon and at Wal-Mart.
See? No more black marks or hazy discoloration. It’s hard to capture in pictures, but these windows are crystal clear. They look like brand new windows. We are constantly amazed how a little elbow grease and the right product can take a 20-year-old camper and make it look new again.
Here’s a side by side comparison so you can see just how well that ProtectAll worked! Amazing, isn’t it? In fact, it worked so well that we make it part of our spring cleaning routine every year. Since we’ve started regular maintenance on the vinyl windows, they have become more pliable. We haven’t had the yellowing return at all, so we are sold! We’ve even used it on the tinted vinyl windows of our Rockwood pop up camper project with the same great results. It’s a quick, easy fix that makes such a huge difference.
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