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JAT Observatory
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Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome....
      #5825243 - 04/26/13 08:10 PM

..because I washed it today. It really needed it. I had forgotten there was a white dome underneath the light gray layer of dirt. It was really dirty. I used dishwashing liquid and one of those automotive brushes that you fill with water and push on the handle to dispense it. It worked well and allowed me to do the whole dome without a ladder. The dome is all clean, bright and shiny now. I guess I'll wash it again in 10 years.

I also cleaned and vacuumed the inside and tightened the bolts for the dome wheels. It's a real pain when one of those buggers comes loose.


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1965healy
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5825282 - 04/26/13 08:41 PM

Spring cleaning! Hope it doesn't have the same effect as washing the car, rain.

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1965healy
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5825284 - 04/26/13 08:43 PM

Turn on the porch light, it's dark out there!

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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5825467 - 04/26/13 11:02 PM

Better post a pic before it gets dirty again!

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Bob Griffiths
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: tim53]
      #5825919 - 04/27/13 09:18 AM

LOL...

I NEED (but do not WANT) to clean mine...so I can relate the your comment about GRAY .....

I did wash it about 5 years ago so maybe if I ever get in the mood Ill do it again sometime...lol

Right now the grass needs mowing the pool is open and needs to be cleaned up after the winter and one of the cars need to be cleaned up because the Saturday Night Cruse in season stared last week..

No time to wash the Dome...

Bob G


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1965healy
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #5825933 - 04/27/13 09:32 AM

Dome looks good Marcus! Are you going to wax or polish it?

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5826011 - 04/27/13 10:37 AM

I should wax it but that's to much work. I have to finish washing the house first. This is actualy how this started. We removed 2 bushes from the front of the house.

After the bushes were gone I noticed how dirty the house was there. So I started washing it. Then the clean spot stuck out so I had to wash more.

I got bored washing the house so I washed the OBS. My wife commented how nice the OBS looks now as she was loking at the rest of the house I have to wash

I need a before picture so you can apperciate the difference.



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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5826101 - 04/27/13 11:31 AM

Marcus,

Looks fantastic.


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Scott Horstman
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5826951 - 04/27/13 06:47 PM

Looks nice Marcus. They sure do get grungy after a few years. I used to clean my 7' 6" Sirius with Windex every so often. Seemed to bring the original shine back pretty good.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: Scott Horstman]
      #5827345 - 04/27/13 09:17 PM

Thanks for the tip Scott, I might just try Windex. Being the lazy S.O.B. that I am, I'm not willing to wax or polish. But if it requires just wiping on, thats for me.

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RobertED
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5827951 - 04/28/13 09:30 AM

The observatory looks beautiful, Marcus!! I'll bet it NEVER looked bad!!!.....Love the NASA decal....Soooo cool!!! Clear Skies, man!!!

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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: RobertED]
      #5828708 - 04/28/13 04:38 PM

I have to seal my roof panels that open, looking kind of ragged up there and I don't need leaks.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: Mary B]
      #5828809 - 04/28/13 05:42 PM

The other thing the washing did is show me where the leaks are. Most of them wouldn't leak during a natural rain but it showed me where the weak areas are.

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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5828876 - 04/28/13 06:30 PM

I'm glad when I ordered my sky POD I ordered light grey. Don't notice the dirt. Your dome looks great spring cleaning was really worth it

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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: bogg]
      #5832049 - 04/30/13 11:30 AM

Even though it was one of the hardest maintenance jobs ever, waxing my dome (14') helped the snow and ice slide off in the winter. I just don't know if I can do it again.
Michael


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JAT Observatory
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5833190 - 04/30/13 08:47 PM

I have noticed the older the dome got the more the snow stuck. Now I run the heater and a little rotation and the falls off.

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1965healy
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5833372 - 04/30/13 10:43 PM

Quote:

I have noticed the older the dome got the more the snow stuck. Now I run the heater and a little rotation and the falls off.



Anything to get out of waxing the dome. Put a Corvette logo on it, then you'll wax it!


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JAT Observatory
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5835026 - 05/01/13 07:04 PM

Na that wouldn't go over to good in my household. I got rid of the Corvette and Justin still likes to remind me from time to time of his displeasure with that.

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1965healy
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5835038 - 05/01/13 07:10 PM

I'm sure he planned on it being his at some point. My nephew is waiting for me to decide to gift him the Healey.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Glad I Don't Have a Bigger Dome.... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5835300 - 05/01/13 09:52 PM

Now the problem is he has his eye on the motorcycle.

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