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Old 25 May 2008, 20:07   #1
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Go Faster Stripe

The 'go faster stripe' thats incorporated in to the rubbing strake of my SR has started to look somewhat faded and now looks more like a pink stripe instead of red I know this is to be expected of an 18 year old boat but I would like to know if anyone could suggest the best method or product I could use to bring it back to the original colour.

I've done a few searches and I know there have been many threads discussing tube revival but none that specifically refer to the strake which afaik is not made from the same material (hypalon)

Sorry if this one has been brought up before but any advice will be appreciated...
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The 'go faster stripe' thats incorporated in to the rubbing strake of my SR has started to look somewhat faded and now looks more like a pink stripe instead of red I know this is to be expected of an 18 year old boat but I would like to know if anyone could suggest the best method or product I could use to bring it back to the original colour.

I've done a few searches and I know there have been many threads discussing tube revival but none that specifically refer to the strake which afaik is not made from the same material (hypalon)

Sorry if this one has been brought up before but any advice will be appreciated...
Test a tiny corner somewhere with something like kerosine, or petrol, if that doesnt work.. something more efficacious for plastics like meths, or acetone (the wifes nail varnish remover) Dont substitute a quick fix of something powerful though, by a bit of elbow grease with something less so, as invariably the more powerful agents, will harm the base material more.

More than likely though its UV light that has faded the colour, and there might be no remedy for that
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Old 26 May 2008, 16:01   #3
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Test a tiny corner somewhere with something like kerosine, or petrol, if that doesnt work.. something more efficacious for plastics like meths, or acetone (the wifes nail varnish remover) Dont substitute a quick fix of something powerful though, by a bit of elbow grease with something less so, as invariably the more powerful agents, will harm the base material more.
I suggest you start the test with Toluene or Xylene. Both mild thinners. I would not use Acetone. As suggested above : use a mild solvent and lot's of elbow grease. Scrub the hell out of it first with soapy water and finish off with a protectorant which will bring the colour back.
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I suggest you start the test with Toluene or Xylene. Both mild thinners. I would not use Acetone. As suggested above : use a mild solvent
If you read my post.. I suggested something mild to start with.. Not Toluene and Xylene (dimethylbenzene).. hardly 'mild' thinners
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I was thinking of trying a mild abrasive like T-cut first of all. Failing that maybe petrol or thinners? - can I use normal car paint thinners?

(have taken on board that due to UV fading I might not be able to do anything about it)
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I'd try TFR first - has worked well on rubbing strake before for me.
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I know TFR has a reputation for getting decent results on hypalon but wasn't sure if the same applied to the strake.

I'm up for giving it a go, do you know if any brand is better than the others?

Will this do the job?
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Now in bother , just been reading and thought , rain stopped, wifes out shopping , dirty go faster stripe on avon .borrow wifes sacred nail varnish remover and nip outside for a bit of cleaning she wont know. seemed to make a little improvement until bottle fell and spilt over in flower tub wife came back a few minutes back saying had i been paint spraying as it stinks outside .any one think of a good excuse .
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.any one think of a good excuse .
Yes. "I was repainting my nails"
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Yes. "I was repainting my nails"
I had better not say that linda ,she looks at me strange since i borrowed her talc powder for a dry suit few weeks back , but thanks.
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