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Old 24 February 2006, 02:34   #1
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Looking after a new boat

Having bought my first rib in Febuary this year, due to be collected in May i have already started to think about the new season. With a new rib, i have previously found that using certain cleaning products on the new tubes has resulted in a patchy finish. Can anyone recommend a good but not too strong cleaning product that isn't likely to cause this finish. Also is there a good cleaning product for the fiberglass hull, it will be in the solent for a month before going to the med. Could anyone recommend any bits of kit/equipment that a new ribber might have overlooked.

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Old 24 February 2006, 03:55   #2
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Definitely “Rib Revive” from Pristine Cleaning Solutions. I have tried all the rest and this is defiantly the best. They do a protector too.

Rib revive £11.73 for 1lt
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Pristine Cleaning Solutions....They do a protector too.
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if its patchy then clean it all over mate lol
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The Very Best

The very best cleaning product for tubes which is also the the safest and most environment freindly, is 3M Citrus spray used with Scotch anti-abrasive pads and then wipe the excess dirt away with a j-cloth.

When you have finished wipe the tubes with 3M Vinyl Gel Conditioner to protect them from UV and keeps the tubes moisturised and supple.

Repeat the process regularly for maximum effect. A guy who bought one of these kits had his RIB for sale for 8 months with not one offer. After cleaning it he had it sold for the asking price within 3 weeks.

I sell hundreds of these each year and bundle them together as a kit, and thats just on Guernsey. You can use it on your seats too.

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I sell hundreds of these each year and bundle them together as a kit, and thats just on Guernsey. You can use it on your seats too.

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TFR2i (traffic film remover, about a pound a litre) does a pretty good job and it's rather cheap. On a new rib you'll get fine results just using fairy liquid ( My wife uses it in the kitchen , but I don't know what for!)

Have you got a cover for your new rib, that really helps keep it looking right. 3m fibreglass cleaner takes a lot of beating on the hull.

Regarding the other equipment you might want , why don't you publish a list of what you have thought of and we can see if you really need anything else.

What colur is your hull, toobs and trailer rollers
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TFR2i (traffic film remover, about a pound a litre) does a pretty good job and it's rather cheap. On a new rib you'll get fine results just using fairy liquid ( My wife uses it in the kitchen , but I don't know what for!)

Have you got a cover for your new rib, that really helps keep it looking right. 3m fibreglass cleaner takes a lot of beating on the hull.

Regarding the other equipment you might want , why don't you publish a list of what you have thought of and we can see if you really need anything else.

What colur is your hull, toobs and trailer rollers

Do get the dilution right else you won't have any colour left on your tubes with tfr
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Starbright inflatable boat and fender cleaner takes a lot of beating:
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