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Old 02 September 2001, 17:52   #1
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Power Washing Hyperlon

I have just lifted my boat from 8 weeks in a marina and have found the hull and tubes covered with marine growth.

I have always power washed them off which i have done to the hull, but how does hyperlon stand up to power washing.

I realise that the seams etc could be lifted and would wash so as to not lift then but would any other damage be caused in the short or long term?.

Any alternative methord of cleaning or advise welcome.
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Old 02 September 2001, 19:21   #2
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Several local ribsters (and myself occasionally) have regularly used power washers for cleaning ribs when lifted out of the water after sitting in the local marina for several weeks / months and I am not aware of any problems being caused.
By the way, have you (or anyone else) heard of the Johnsons Baby Lotion treatment? One of the local guys was told by a local Rib builder to try using baby lotion instead of antifouling, particularly if the rib is lifted out for power cleaning several times a year. Whilst it (is claimed) it doesnt stop marine growth, it does make it much easier to get off - even a fast run cleans most of it..
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Old 03 September 2001, 01:18   #3
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Johnson's baby lotion ????

Never thought that this kind of lotion would do the job. It is a kind of soap isn't it ? Or maybe you mean the Johnson's baby oil ?

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I have found that pressure washing tubes is almost useless, but does no harm! I suppose that if you have a seam that is beginning to lift you could probably make it worse with a high power jet, but if that's the case it needs repairing anyway . . .

Unfortunately the only effective method that I have found for cleaning tubes is a scrubbing brush and a lot of effort. You can get rotary brushes that are powered by a pressure washer -- perhaps they are the answer.

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Old 03 September 2001, 03:27   #5
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Yes, I've used Johnsons Baby Lotion for removing oil and tar from my hull.

It does a fair job.

I am also using it for removing tar from my hands !!!

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Old 03 September 2001, 16:05   #6
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Thanks for the replys. I have never heard of baby lotion treatment. Maybe thats one job i could give to the wife, and she even gets soft hands afterwards.

As far as as cleaning tubes i have used with great sucess the green pan cleaning pads, somtimes with a sponge on the other side. On the hull cream cleaner also works a treat. Both though are hard work. I will give power washing a go but it was hard going even on the hull.
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Actually, the only bit of a RIB that a pressure washer really works on is Treadmaster -- that comes up like brand new! Everything else just stays dirty unless you scrub it

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