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Old 31 March 2019, 18:48   #1
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Boat Cleaning

I spent some time cleaning the tubes (pale grey hypalon) on our Gemini WR550 yesterday. I first used a mould cleaner (chlorine free) and then used Aurora inflatable boat cleaner and a '000' grade pad (Norton Synthetic Steel Wool).

There are still some marks, which in some places do go some more if I rub harder, however can I use a coarser pad?

I'm heading back to the UK next week, so there will be more choice of cleaner for me there. I was thinking about getting the RibShops Rib Cleaner and Rib Revive. Any thoughts?

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Old 31 March 2019, 19:47   #2
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I use either these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-HIGH-...TNqBqlN6R6_1-w

Or these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magic-Spo...f2b6d4010b1e9c

Available in just about every supermarket world wide!

Ribshop do a kit which comes with everything you need including the cleaning pad so that might be worth a shot.
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Old 01 April 2019, 02:12   #3
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What ive found that works best for me is hot soap and water plus fairy liquid power spray and use a green slightly abrasive cleaning pad, then wash off/rinse off and finish with the Rib conditioning gel from ribshop.

The fairy liquid power spray and hot water ive found works great for getting salt off the grp parts of a rib, fairy liquid power spray is one of those great finds, as its cheap and effective.
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I’ve just used Ribshops, it’s not that good. I’ll be trying August Race kit next time
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Iíve just used Ribshops, itís not that good. Iíll be trying August Race kit next time
Was that their cleaner you have used, not the conditioning gel?
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Does anyone know, are the green pads graded as to coarseness (ie equivalent to wire wool).

The Norton ones here are, and as mentioned I've used the 000 grade ones. I did have one green pad (bizarrely labelled as being marketed by Bosch) and it seemed similar to the 000 ones in texture.

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What ive found that works best for me is hot soap and water plus fairy liquid power spray and use a green slightly abrasive cleaning pad, then wash off/rinse off and finish with the Rib conditioning gel from ribshop.

The fairy liquid power spray and hot water ive found works great for getting salt off the grp parts of a rib, fairy liquid power spray is one of those great finds, as its cheap and effective.
I'll see whether we have the power spray here! Hot water is a good idea.
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Old 01 April 2019, 02:51   #8
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I use either these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-HIGH-...TNqBqlN6R6_1-w

Or these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magic-Spo...f2b6d4010b1e9c

Available in just about every supermarket world wide!

Ribshop do a kit which comes with everything you need including the cleaning pad so that might be worth a shot.
I've half a magic sponge somewhere; I'll try it. Thanks
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Spent last Saturday giving Red Dog her annual clean up using Fairy Power Spray. It always does a good job but I have noticed that over the last few year the number of black mould spots are increasing, tried every mould removing product out there but nothing touches them.

I saw a posting on Facebook this week about a product called Shmuffex, so I bought a bottle from Rib Shop, WOW, every spot on the tubes are gone, easy to use and fantastic results. The only problem I had was that the areas with the mould spots that I cleaned came up far cleaner than the rest of the boat so I had to clean the whole thing.

Next year I will just clean the whole boat with this and not start with FPS.

Top tip, if you are going to google the product make sure you do not make a spelling mistake, I dread to think what might come up!!!!
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Does anyone know, are the green pads graded as to coarseness (ie equivalent to wire wool).
They absolutely are:

"3M Scotch Brite Nylon Pads:
7445 - White pad, called Light Duty Cleansing - (1000) 1200-1500 grit
7448 - Light Grey, called Ultra Fine Hand - (600-800) 800 grit.
6448 - Green (?), called Light Duty Hand Pad - (600) 600 grit
7447 - Maroon pad, called General Purpose Hand - (320-400) 320 grit
6444 - Brown pad, called Extra Duty Hand - (280-320) 240 grit
7446 - Dark Grey pad, called Blending Pad (180-220) 150 grit
7440 - Tan pad, called Heavy Duty Hand Pad - (120-150) 60(?)
Green Scotch Brite is available EVERYWHERE. It's 600 grit.
Blue Scotch-Brite is considered to be about 1000 grit.
(The value inside the parentheses is directly from 3M.)"
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