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Old 07 July 2009, 16:45   #11
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Anybody got any experience of the long term effects of using a caustic based solution on hypalon tubes?
After may be two/three years use?
Tube material and glued joints?
Commercial/trade members of RIBnet comments would be useful.
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Old 07 July 2009, 18:57   #12
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Do NOT use it long term. The idea is to get your boat spotless and then stop it getting that bad again using either something like 303 protector or Johnson Klear floor sealer.

And when you are using TFR use a scrubbing brush and wash it off straight away or you get streaks!!!
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Old 08 July 2009, 16:35   #13
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Old 09 July 2009, 06:51   #14
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I use a citrus based cleaner that is kind to the environment and gives very good results on the Ribs and vinyl as well as cooker wheel trims and shower screens .

its called viro sol and is available in 5 litre cans

You can dilute it or use neat great also for bilges and degreasing available from
www.glovesnstuff.com been using it for about 2 years now and very happy with the results .
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Old 09 July 2009, 19:32   #15
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I use TFR a lot but as Codders says the idea is you get it spotless then try and keep it clean.

-Rinse tubes with pressure washer to remove any loose dirt and to wet them
-Put TFR (50:50 with water) in a squirty bottle - spray onto tubes covering about 2ft of tube each time. Immediately scrub with soft scouring pad (the green soft ones). As soon as you've cleaned the area wash it off with plenty of water - I normally use a pressure washer. Try and do it on a cool day out of the sun (I prefer when its raining) and keep the tubes wet when your doing it.
-Protect tubes with some magical overpriced marine product (spray on turtle wax also works very well!)
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Old 11 July 2009, 15:19   #16
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Applied by hand it might be ok, we stuck a load through a heated pressure washer once, good stuff alright! once the hi-fog had disappeared we noticed that it had cleaned the transom off to bare wood! impressive! Suffice to say we were a touch more delicate next time.

This probably how "Ribshine" established itself as more sensible product might look virosol out.
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Applied by hand it might be ok, we stuck a load through a heated pressure washer once, good stuff alright! once the hi-fog had disappeared we noticed that it had cleaned the transom off to bare wood! impressive! Suffice to say we were a touch more delicate next time.

This probably how "Ribshine" established itself as more sensible product might look virosol out.
A steam cleaner would do that by itself!!!
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