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Old 02 July 2014, 19:22   #1
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PVC Maintenance

I have a PVC inflatable. I don't have an owners manual and don't know how to get one. PVC inflatables should all be similar in regards to cleaning and maintenance.

What cleaning products should I use and most importantly, what should I NOT use.
Are there any types of waxes or finishes that will help protect and prolong the life of PVC other than a cover?

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Old 03 July 2014, 02:45   #2
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I don't use any special cleaning products - not needed really unless it is neglected, just rinse down thoroughly with fresh water after every use, dry fully if folding and storing and always keep it out of sunlight. Soapy water and a brush will remove most general dirt. Acetone will remove rubs, scuff and marks etc.
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Most automotive/domestic detergents are OK. Test clean a patch and don't let them dry on. Cleaning tends to leave a dull finish, so use of a RIB tube "conditioner" or protectant is highly recommended. These protect from UV damage, which I'm sure is a risk in sunny Texas.

Be very cautious if using solvents to clean - there is a lot of glue in an inflatable!
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Thanks guys.
And thanks Will for the reminder, I am no longer in Texas so I will update my profile and the dink and O/B have changed in my profile.
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Never use anything "ArmorAll", there's silicon and other stuff it there which will make the boat hard to repair.

303 protectant can help slightly mitigate the UV effects, much better to store it under cover whenever its not being used.
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Thanks Guys for all of the suggestions. Looks like all of the recommended products are pretty much the same.
I had to put an order in to partman.com for unrelated stuff and they just happened to have Starbrite Inflatable Boat and Fender Cleaner/Protector and so I ordered it.
I think I can get the 303 Protector from OReillys Auto.
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