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Old 11 February 2009, 14:54   #1
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What is the best stuff to clean my hypalon tubes?

Can anyone recommend something that will get my white tubes white again?

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The tubes on my RIB are extensively white and I am intending to try this cleaner next time:

http://www.e-teck.com/engineering/ca...3a51412d5974bb

Followed by this protector:

http://www.e-teck.com/engineering/ca...3a51412d5974bb

Please note that I have not yet used either of the above, but they are recommended on the Revenger web site as being particularly good on white tubes. I am happy to take their advice... And the products are far less expensive than many others on the market. Might not be so economical with cost of postage to the US though!

http://www.revenger.co.uk/cleaners/cleaners.html
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Trick;

You do realize the second item is cleaner *and* protectant, right?

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I clean hypalon and polyurethane tubes on a daily basis and have tried the most expensive cleaners from Westmarine, but nothing works like this stuff;

http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/householdchem.html

I buy their "Original AllPurpose Cleaners & Degreasers" from the 99 Cent Only store by the case and it works on tubes and even filthy decks.
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Manos recommends Toluene.
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Yeah I know the second item is a cleaner also, but it's recommended to use the Deck and Hull cleaner on the tubes first if they are very dirty. As I said, I have not tried either of these products yet... But I figure if Revenger use them they should be effective. And not too expensive.
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Cleaning RIB Tubes

Something we came across at Hawley Marine was "Mr Clean 'Magic Erasers'" These small sponges available at most grocery stores make quick work of stubborn stains. These sponges are non-toxic, can be used on both PVC & Hypalon and need nothing but water to work. The spray cleaner "Spray Nine" from West Marine is also effective with the sponge. Let me know if it works for you.

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Roy,

I will give that a try. I have some magice erasers in the drawer at home. They work wonders with ink pens on tables and walls (my daughters).

Matt,

I do have some Toluene laying around that I used for my whitewater raft, but it seems so harsh. I might use that as a last resort.

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Solvents are quite effective, but they work by softening the material, allowing removal of foreign debris. For heavy soiling/staining, it may well be the easiest and fastest to use.

Try to avoid scuffing and such for a bit (twenty minutes or so should do it) until the solvent flashes off from within the material.

Probably a good idea to use some kind of protectant afterwards (303 Aerospace, Inflatable boat conditioner, whatever.)

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Aurora is the best

I suggest using Aurora Speed Clean followed by two coats of Aurora PolyGuard.

http://www.auroramarine.com

After clean, avoid using 303. It's too slimy and leaves a sheen such that it shows every fingerprint.
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