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Old 30 April 2013, 18:03   #1
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Cleaning glue from tubes

Hi guys, hoping someone can help!!!

Our RIB was repaired under warranty by a supposed professional a few years back but he did an appalling job and left excess glue all around the edges of the patches. This glue has now gone yellow and is very unsightly. I am looking to sell the RIB so want it looking a good as possible so trying to find the best solution to remove the excess glue without damaging the visible surface of the tubes.

I have heard 3m adhesive cleaner, MEK, MEKP, ethyl acetate and acetone all talked about, I have tried a couple in small patches but they seem to be leaving a mark from the scrubbing pad I am using.

Hopefully one of you will know which solution to use and what cleaning method to use, i.e. scrubber / cloth material of scrubber etc.

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I use non stick pan scourers. Try the ones you buy first to make sure the MEK doesn't melt it.

If it's made of PVC, you might not be able to get the marks off if he's used proper pvc glue.
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This is what I am dealing with !
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How about cutting a shaped strip of matching material and covering the offence neatly.
Do it on both sides of vessel and it will look like it's meant to be there.
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How about cutting a shaped strip of matching material and covering the offence neatly.
Do it on both sides of vessel and it will look like it's meant to be there.
We did think that but because he has used several patches already to solve the problem I think it would look even worse having another patch over the top of what's already there!

I have tried again this evening but it is so thick in places.

Frustrating needless to say!
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Probably will need to live with it, too yelowish hardened mess to clean without deteriorating patch lower fabric. Mek kind of dissolves pvc if abussed. Even nicely glued pvc inflatables will show slight yellow color side to seems over time and UV radiation, seems this is becoming quite normal to have due to global warming.

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