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Old 16 April 2007, 14:16   #21
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Interesting to hear Klear is now suitable for RIB tubes. Used to use this make boot toecaps shiny. Looked nice but didn't like water too much and hated flexing. In fact if you used a few coats of it and then managed to crack it, it flaked off like old skin.
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Old 16 April 2007, 15:24   #22
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Miracle Rib Cleaner

Try liquid clothes detergent that you find in those little sachets. Fantastic cheap stuff and doesn't bugger your hands. Clened my entire tubes with two sachets diluted with a little water and some good old fashioned elbow grease.

Mind you, seagulls have shat all over the boat now so...........
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Old 16 April 2007, 15:25   #23
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Interesting to hear Klear is now suitable for RIB tubes. Used to use this make boot toecaps shiny. Looked nice but didn't like water too much and hated flexing. In fact if you used a few coats of it and then managed to crack it, it flaked off like old skin.
Well JK etc swear by High solids emuslison floor polish - is Kleer the same sort of stuff???
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I cleaned mine with Tesco Value washing powder mixed into a paste with washing up liquid and a bit of water. Worked a treat.
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Old 17 April 2007, 14:55   #25
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Well JK etc swear by High solids emuslison floor polish - is Kleer the same sort of stuff???
Yep. It was sold as a Floor polish. Was a quick fix for shining army boots when you didn't have time to polish them properly. Had major downsides though as it formed a thin laquer which was brittle and would crack if flexed.
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I'm not familiar with Kleer, but the stuff that I have used on tubes definitely doesn't crack. Haven't tried it on boots though!

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John,

As I said it was a long time ago when I used the stuff. Can't even remember how it was spelt. Did smell nice though ! And it gave an excellent shine. If they've improved the formula and it doesn't crack anymore might be even worth trying on the hull of a boat. In fact we could have invented a way of getting a few extra knots out of a boat.
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Haven't read all this thread through so someones probably already said this, buts here's my process:

This brings my tubes up as new everytime (the boat is kept mainly under cover though)

Wash with a detergent cleaner such as Star Brite:
http://www.marine-super-store.com/po...edpartno=02548

Dry off with leather, then apply (out of direct sun if your rib is anything but grey or white) Autoglym Super Resin polish - This removes just about anything (apart than deep rust stains ive found, but it will lighten these too), buff off and apply again if need be - then:

Seal with either 3M tuber conditioner or Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber care - both of which will make the tubes slippery, so I then wash the boat off with cold water and leather off once more.

Although Super resin is slightly more £ than other similar stuff you can buy in halfords, the finish it leaves, even on rib tubes or fiberglass is superior.
Sunseeker (used to and as far as i'm aware, still do) buff with Autogylm metal polish on all their hulls and GRP surfaces out of the mould, they say nothing gets a finish like it (and they always have the best finish at the shows!).
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Whatever you choose to use make sure it does not contain silicone,the glue used in any tube repairs will not stick to any surface coated in silicone.
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The only reason I used Klear (checked spelling on bottle) is that I had some. We used to have a quarry tile floor in our kitchen, and it was left over from cleaning them.

Time will tell if it cracks or not. Pete 7 told me at Church about shining boots and that it did crack where the boots flexed. Hopefully my tubes will not flex as much as the toe of a boot.
It states on the bottle that it should only be applied 5 times before removing and starting again.
It gave a fairly high shine without becoming more slippery than Hypalon alone.

The other point of interest was that a domestic cleaner did not remove the white bloom (not salt stains) from the tubes, whereas Ribshine did. My tubes are now over 10 years old and my cover is too short, so the cones are always in daylight. Therefore they do tend to suffer from UV degredation.
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