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Old 31 May 2007, 19:59   #31
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Mike,

like you I have yellow tubes. And they are the devil to keep clean. I've been doing some experimenting and have worked out the following.

a) Whatever you do yellow tubes will get some sort of marks/dirt on them after each trip.

b) Most if not all marks/dirt can be cleaned off with TFR2 and washed down with water. I also wash down after applying TFR2 with soapy water and then jet wash off.

c) To polish to a high shine and provide UV protection apply Turtle wax Nano Tech Tyre Gel. This stuff is as good as if not better than the 3M tube Polish and conditioner and costs 1/4 the price.

When applying the polish use a clean sponge and wipe any excess off with a cloth and also buff to a high shine.

Do it right and you'll be impressed. For me the cleaning process and boat sorting out bit takes about two hours after each trip. But it means my boat still looks like new.
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Old 31 May 2007, 21:23   #32
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I agree TFR is great stuff - I also tried the Machine Mart ready diluted and used a very soft brush.

Having said that the other product I tried is even better - in fact it's awesome and so easy to use and kind to the hands. Sadly it's no longer made but I am trying to get the stuff remanufactured. If so I may well have a go at marketing it. Also works brilliantly on rust stains and cleans vinyl a treat(without making it pink)!!!
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Old 31 May 2007, 21:31   #33
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Its the diluted Machinemart stuff I use. Does the job and its so cheap you can throw it everywhere.
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Old 31 May 2007, 22:50   #34
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this works for a little while...

I usually just piss on the tubes, makes em shiny....
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Old 01 June 2007, 03:36   #35
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I maybe telling what you already know but: Joe @ Underpressure Ltd in Eastlands boat yard (just along from Ribshop) sells TFR @ £27.00 & VAT for 25 ltr

Could be worth a couple of peeps getting together to buy?
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