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I am starting my fall clean up.  Noticed that the weather stripping around the exterior of the windows, has some funk and grey blotching.  I did a search here and found that one person was getting modest success by soaking the strips in a bucket of bleach water.  I do remember reading in the forum some time past that the was a product that worked well in bringing these strips back to white.  Can anyone share what that product is?

Gerry

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I have been using Star Brite Mold and mildew stain remover. It seems to be very effective at removing similar stains from my weather stripping. It's available on Amazon and West Marine.

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You could simply ditch the white window molding and get the black.  Once and done versus dealing with the funk and grey.

Bill

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Nothing works. After trying several products designed to clean mold and several products designed to clean other tough stains (CLR, Tidy Bowl, Hull cleaner, TSP) I thought, what the heck & soaked one overnight in undiluted outdoor bleach. Nothing. Buy the black ones.

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Elite II Hull 292
2017 F-150 Lariat 3.5 EB 4x4 Lakeland, FL 

 

 

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I just buffed and waxed the trailer as I posted under this section and the window white trim is the last thing I need to deal with. I was going to call Oliver Service and see who manufactures these windows and see if I could buy the materials from them. I could go with the black if need be and if the white is going to do the same thing again (my trailer is a 2019) then black would be the better choice. My back emergency window has black and not white and it looks just fine to me, it does go well with the deep tint glass and is pretty much unnoticeable. The black looks like a better choice over the long haul. 

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I just replaced mine with black. I ordered 18 feet (as recommended in a past post) which was enought to do the 3 large windows and the bathroom window, with a little left over, but not enough to also do the back window which already had a black gasket. If you want to do all the windows including the back window, I think you should order around 21 feet. You should take your own measurements to confirm the length though. 

The black looks really good, a lot better than the white. 

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I've seen photos of the black installed,  and I agree with dewdev. I think it looks really sharp, and makes the windows look larger. 

 

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 Earlier this past summer I too replaced the white seals with black on our 2017 Ollie.  Totally agree with the above comments that it looks much better!

I ordered the material from Pelland Enterprises.  Their website is  www.pellandent.com.

You'll want to order 1/2 inch Glass Vinyl seal, #H109-376.  And you'll need to specify Black.

Jim

 

 

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Jim & Mary

Bozeman, Montana

2017 Legacy Elite II-Hull #294

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Wow, I just looked it up at Pellandent and it is priced a $5.17 per foot, plus shipping. I think I can take my white out and repaint it with a black vinyl spray paint and do a very good job. What is the worst that can happen, I have to repaint it in 2-3 years and it will probably do the same thing the white did over a period of time as it probably the same material. I will let you know how this works out in the future.

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50 minutes ago, Trainman said:

Wow, I just looked it up at Pellandent and it is priced a $5.17 per foot, plus shipping. I think I can take my white out and repaint it with a black vinyl spray paint and do a very good job. What is the worst that can happen, I have to repaint it in 2-3 years and it will probably do the same thing the white did over a period of time as it probably the same material. I will let you know how this works out in the future.

trainman

I too am a little apprehensive to spend $100 on a gasket, especially since ILOVHER has had quite a few additional expenditures as of late.  Your idea sounded intriguing to me so I went down the investigative rabbit hole.  Looks like a can of VHT vinyl dye in black might just be a worthy and less expensive option.  I may just try it!

https://www.amazon.com/VHT-SP942-Vinyl-Black-Satin/dp/B000CPIN9S?th=1

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csevel, thanks for that info on a dye, I see that it is for interior, so using it outside may require using it more often, but I see that is not being a problem. Let us know how will it holds up, I know it will take time for your posting on this.

trainman

Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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One other thing I thought of using is black vehicle 3m striping, does hold up well on exterior use, so clean the vinyl with a good cleaner product for vinyl and put it on. This striping is sold in different sizes, so measure an order the color and size you would need, 1" should work well. I would put it one with the molding installed on the windows because of the rounded corners. Being a retired body shop for 35 plus years I see no problem why this wouldn't work. If your not good with working with decals/striping materials get help from someone who is. 

trainman

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Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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Yes the Pellandent gasket is pricey but you will only hopefully be doing it once. Install is quick. After all the Ollie is pricey. Why compromise?

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2018 Oliver Elite II, Hull #354 | 2018 RAM 1500 Rebel 4 x 4, 5.7 Hemi

 

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