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Old 13 July 2011, 07:40   #1
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Sticky surface on tubes (aerotec 420)

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The tubes on my aerotec is really sticky. I'm sure this isnt good, the material is probably vaporating.. However, what do I use to clean it off, and can I seal the surface somehow to stop it from coming back?

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Old 13 July 2011, 08:36   #2
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I had something similar on a old Zodiac Serie, peanut oil seemed to stabilise it for me but see what the other guys say
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Old 13 July 2011, 08:48   #3
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peanut oil seemed to stabilise it
with your name tag i'm not sure how to take this snip-it of wisdom.
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Old 13 July 2011, 09:12   #4
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I think you'll find it's the plasticiser migrating out of the PVC. Sunlight is the culprit I believe. You might find a good PVC boat cleaner will remove most of it, though it is hard to do.
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Old 13 July 2011, 10:19   #5
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what's up with that nick and that suggestion? Would anyone else agree or is this the peanut lobbyist?

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I had something similar on a old Zodiac Serie, peanut oil seemed to stabilise it for me but see what the other guys say
I found some hempel(?) rib stain remover that I can try.
What about sealing? Is it good enough to just clean it or should I protect it from UV with something?
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Old 13 July 2011, 10:28   #6
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Dilute TFR 50:50 and apply with a pan scrubber or scotchbrite pad. Rinse often. When done, apply UV protectorant.
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There were some sticky areas on our 380 when we first brought it home.

Having not had any experience with sticky PVC in the past I tried some soapy water first, which didn't work and proved it was probably the material itself rather than anything organic stuck to it.

I wiped it over with Acetone and immediately rinsed it off with plenty of water and a sponge to neutralise the Acetone.
All the stickyness was gone, and the surface appeared sealed.
The Acetone cloth was definitely Red, so something was being removed.

However, Iím in no way suggesting anyone does this, holds me accountable for any consequences, own risk, etc, etc.

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Old 13 July 2011, 14:48   #8
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Dilute TFR 50:50 and apply with a pan scrubber or scotchbrite pad. Rinse often. When done, apply UV protectorant.
TFR is trafic film remover? Would you give an example of one of those? Would this be milder than the aceton? And i'd like an example of a uv filter too. As I'm in sweden, it's a bit harder to find the right products. Is there a specific product for boats?

Nasher: I've heard of different mixes with acetone that would work. I suppose the sticky stuff is red in itself as it comes out of the product. I'd like to try some mild stuff first before I go nuts on it (peanuts)
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TFR is trafic film remover? Would you give an example of one of those?
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Hi.

TFR is sold under many different brand names here, mainly under the companies own brand.
For example Traffic Film Remover 5l Concentrate - Machine Mart

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Nasher: I've heard of different mixes with acetone that would work. I suppose the sticky stuff is red in itself as it comes out of the product. I'd like to try some mild stuff first before I go nuts on it (peanuts)
I don't do subtle I'm afraid, so have never mixed/diluted Acetone with anything, I just go straight in and use loads of water afterwards.
The same way I might sip water after too much Jamesons, but would not dream of putting it in the same glass.

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Old 14 July 2011, 12:51   #10
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Lol! I'm trying to find TFR in Sweden. However I found a Zodiac repairman (guess the only one in sweden?) yesterday, and he said I should use MEK. Don't know if that's available for purchase though. He said it would be much more gentle on the PVC than aceton.

Still no clues on the UV protectant, nor have I found anyone wanting to sell me glue. The repairman would but he was out of stock for the day, and it's a six hour drive. He did sell me PVC fabric though, so one box checked at least.

We'll see though. I might just go for the aceton anyways, as I'm eager to get on.

I'll post a picture in Jester's repair thread of what I noticed now that I'm inspecting the floor at home...
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