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Old 19 April 2015, 13:23   #1
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Products for Protecting a PVC Boat

My Zodiac Cadet 350AL is supposed to arrive this Wednesday, and I'm looking for something I can use to protect it from UV/stains/discoloration/etc. So far I've seen two products that might work, but I'd like to know what the SIB collective thinks works the best. I know 303 Aerospace is popular but don't know if it's an effective protectant against anything except UV. The only product I've seen that claims to protect against it all is Aurora Poly Guard. What other products might work more effectively, or is Poly Guard pretty much the best protectant?
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3M do a Rib tube protector which gives decent UV protection and helps build seal agianst grime
I've also been useing Armoral for a few seasons now,and it seems to do a good job too.
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I've also been useing Armoral for a few seasons now,and it seems to do a good job too.
Armoral looks great and works well, but beware of walking on the tubes with wet bare feet after. It's as if they've been covered in soap!
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Armoral looks great and works well, but beware of walking on the tubes with wet bare feet after. It's as if they've been covered in soap!
Not if you've got textured wear patches for standing stand on
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Not if you've got textured wear patches for standing stand on
Nope, only textured feet.
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Nope, only textured feet.
That 3M ain't half slippy! I nearly came a cropper last season. Worse than the time we used silicone lube to pull wires and got a bit on me tube...

I need your feet Mollers.

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Polymarine Blow-up boat protector. Not slippy. :-)
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I need your feet Mollers.

I'm only counting 5 toes/foot there & where's the webbing?
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Never ever ever ever use armor all or any other product containing petroleum or silicone. It will pre maturely breakdown the material and make it almost impossible to get any patch to ever stick to it.
303 aerospace is one of the best products for UV protection and it makes the tubes much easier to clean. Not had any luck with the aurora products. The poly marine products seem to work well also.

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There are a couple of things you can use.
You can use the Marine version of 303 Aerospace Protectant.
It works very well.
I'm in the southeast U.S. And UV rays are a real issue here
We are not as bad as the Caribbean , but it's close.
I put it on after every cleaning.
The other thing you can use are Chaps.
They are like covers for your tubes.
They also work well.

Of course you can not leave a PVC boat out in the sun uncovered for any length of time.
I would also not leave it sitting in the water either for any length of time
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