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Old 11 March 2011, 12:26   #21
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I'm going to leave patching the deck and putting the wear patches on for a short while, mainly until the outside temp warms up a little and I can be confident the glue will react properly whilst working in my unheated garage.
And whats wrong with using the lounge then?
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Old 11 March 2011, 12:32   #22
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Hi. Don't want to sound negative but not sure if would use either acetone or MEK on PVC just for cleaning purposes. When gluing rowlocks on the tubes
prepared with acetone, believe or not, when adding air to the tubes a month or so later, a very strong smell of acetone was coming out of the air in the tubes... And there was no hole. So guess something happens with the PVC when wiped with strong solvents. Nice project anyway!
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I try to avoid using solvents to clean the boat. But it sure does work! I would definitely go with the acetone over MEK. The acetone flashes off faster and you can do a quick rub and it will not get the surface so soft. That is why MEK is better for prepping to glue PVC. The fabric surface stickiness should go away. I do this as little as possible, but always follow up with 303 to protect the surface after it has been stripped.
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Nasher, before you go mad with the solvent it might be worth having a go with a pressure washer. The rough surface means that dirt gets ingrained and is difficult to scrub off. I can't guarantee that it will work, but I'd give it a try!
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Thanks for the advise guys.

I spoke to Paul Tilley today for a final bit of confirmation before I attacked the deck with Acetone, and am happy it won't cause any long term harm. I am however wiping it off afterwards with a soaking sponge to make sure.

After my experiments with the Acetone the other night I realised what was actually going on with the deck.
The anti-slip surface applied to it is like a layer of Glue that's almost gone off, and over the years it had become saturated with all sorts of dirt, muck, mould, and god know what else. The Acetone was completely removing the anti-slip layer back to the surface of the PVC underneath, and taking all the muck etc with it.

Thankfully the surface underneath is drying back solid, and not sticky at all.

So I'm going to carry on and remove the anti-slip over the whole deck. I had another short go at it today, and parts of it are coming up like new, whilst other bits have very slight stains in the PVC surface.

Once soaked in Acetone a rag wiped over the deck picks up a sticky dirty mess, and can only be used once, so it's going to take a while and I'll get through lots of rags. I am also going to get through loads of Acetone, so purchased 2.5l from Chris Hornsey Marine today at a very reasonable price.

I'll be having another go at it tomorrow and will post some pics of how it's coming along.

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Old 13 March 2011, 10:26   #27
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This was good news Nasher. Now I also might use it for one basic clean of the deck before adding 303 to it. How do You protect Your hands, acetones seams to penetrate everything rather fast?
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How do You protect Your hands, acetones seams to penetrate everything rather fast?
I'm lucky enough to have skin on my hands like leather due to all the 'stuff' I've got up to over the years, so probably stupidly don't protect them with anything.

After washing them however I find the Acetone has dried them out more than usual, so rub plenty of hand cream in.

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Cleaning down the deck with Acetone went well today as you can see from the in progress and after images below.
There are still some pink stains, but itís a 100 times better than it was.

Next is going to come one of the most awkward glued repairs Iíve ever tackled because of itís position.

The images show where the material around the seam welded joint has cracked and is leaking.
The proximity of the edge of the piece holding the two halves of the deck together isnít going to help.

However the weather isnít really warm enough at the moment, so if I want to do it sooner rather than later Iíll need to find a way to heat the garage short term.

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Picked up some Glue plus Black and Grey PVC from the ever helpful Kieron at Ribshop today, thanks very much

So now have everything prepared to do some gluing over the weekend.

Can anyone comment from experiance on performance with a 9.9HP engine, as I'm struggling to find a 15HP I like at a good price and would like the option of looking at 9.9s.

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