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Old 10 May 2007, 12:27   #11
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Originally Posted by v666 View Post
The nylon scouring side. I softened it up by rubbing on a brick first as even the cheap ones feel very rough.

To be honest though the scrubbing brush and sugar soap got rid of most of the dirt on the tubes. It's just alot of hard work and do a small section at a time.

Nothing worn about it at all, just alot of grime.
The sugar soap hardly touched the strake. Used the Rib Revive and scouring pad with lots of effort. A few days later I went over the rubbing strake (carefully!) with a cloth soaked in thinners, that got the last remains of grime off.

With most of these products I think it's the scouring pad doing the work - I wonder how well washing up liquid and water would have worked with the same pad?

I am not going to take a pad to my tubes - prefer a chemical method rather than abrasion - hence the thinners or bleach route.

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Old 10 May 2007, 13:51   #12
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Not so sure that on the tubes the pad is doing most of the work. When you spray the cleaner on the dirt starts to 'run' in streaks, the pad just agitates it and helps lift off the dirt. A softened pad did no harm (that i noticed) to the tubes.
If I had to clean the rubbing strake again then I would miss out the pad and go straight to thinners and a cloth. The dirt sort of bonds to the material used to make them.

Just how dirty can your tubes be? Surely sugar soap and a stiff brush would clean them up.

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Old 10 May 2007, 15:26   #13
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Would never use an abrasive on hypalon, pad or cleaner. I`ve used the 'selclen s' for over 15 years in the commercial cleaning industry, and wouldnt use anything else. Its very safe, and easy to use. Its also comparativly cheap (compared to specialist rib cleaning products) You simply spray the whole boat , then power wash off! (dont work for selden, just use their products)


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