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Old 18 April 2003, 07:11   #1
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Back onto the topic of boat cleaning / care

Right remembering the recent topic on boat cleaning I would like to ask if anyone has had any personal experience with these 2 that I found in the Compass catolouge:


GRP COLOUR RESTORER
Restores faded colours, removes oxidation and chalk deposits, seals the surface and prevents weathering and further fading. 473 mls



INFLATABLE BOAT & FENDER CLEANER
High performance formula suitable for vinyl and hypalon, both cleaning and protecting from dirt and UV. 473 mls

Are they any good? Worth it?

Thank You
Lee
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Old 18 April 2003, 07:28   #2
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boat cleaner

They're both rubbish. if you really want to get your tubes clean you'll firstly need to wash them with soap and water to get the general dirt off, then use toluene based thinners, available from Bostik or appollo (easily found on the internet) or go to polymarine. This will bring them up as good as they're ever going to get, lastly we use a product from 3m called marine conditioner and protector for inflatables. .... The very best of finishes

bostik thinners product code M501
3M product code 09023E
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Old 18 April 2003, 07:37   #3
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Hull cleaner

As for the hull it's best to use a cutting compound available from any good chandlery, try to find farecla if you can, this is by far the best avilable. Be prepared to do a bit of wet and dry sanding if the hull needs it, 1000 or 1200 grit and then use the cutting compound this should bring it up a peach.
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Old 18 April 2003, 14:38   #4
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Ribraff. thanks for the advice I bet the Toulene based thinners smell good.

Agree with you about Farecla but I believe sadly that they are moving out of the marine market. This might be an evil ploy by my local chandler to sell me an inferior product, however
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Farecla

I think so as we have no problem with supply from our stockist Scott bader. We've used international rubbing compound too but they only do a fine one which is not too good to use after wet and drying.
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thank you ribraff, i didnt think it would be that easy!!

but at least once i have all the components i can spend some quality looking after my boat as oppossed to it looking after me

but thanx for the pointers i shall report back to let you know how it has gone
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I along with a chemist friend of mine have spent a long time testing and developing cleaners for the rib market, the best product we have found for cleaning and restoring is Rib Revive and the best polish and protector is a 3M product, they are both available from available at The Rib Service Centre in Saxon Wharf telephone 023 8033 5333 they can send all product out for next day delivery. For more information go to pristinemarine.co.uk
It is most important you do not use caustic based cleaning products or silicon based polishes as this will cause long lasting damage. If anybody has any questions on cleaning ribs don’t hesitate to give me a call on 07979 723697

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You are all way off the mark.

Clean the boat at the start of the year with hot sugar soap, then two coats of a very special sealer that is only available to people who grease my palms (or get me drunk) and you wont have to clean your boat all year!!! You can leave it in the sun and th etubes will keep their colour, get it covered with seagull poo, oil, petrol and grease and it will cost you less than a tenner!
Ask JK, Rubber Jonny, Mike Garside they use it. Alan P
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I always cleaned inflatables with (ONLY) Fairy Washing up liquid in warm water. Then polish them with Alrmorall.
This treatment lasts all summer season (4/5 months).
It costs nothing (or next to nothing), the rubber looks shiny and all grease and dirt etc come off.
However, each one of us has his own method (which presumably works). I will never change the washing up liquid and armorall method though it worked for me for the last 25 years
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I can back up Alan P's outrageous sounding claims. He has the product for looking after your tubes -- anyone who saw the six year old tubes on Phoenix will have no doubt that it works.

Sadly, I was sworn to secrecy when Alan shared the secret with me, so you'll all have to buy him beer

Hey Manos! Have you really been ribbing for 25 years?

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