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Old 27 January 2011, 14:13   #1
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Red PVC specific cleaning questions.

Hi all, I promise I have ran a search and some very helpful information but am still left wanting for some advice please.

Have a red Valiant with PVC tubes and am here in Spain where the sun wrecks anything in short order especially "red" anythings.......

This boat hasn't ben loved at all over the last few years and suffers from the following:
Orangey red has turned Crimson in areas
Orangey red has turned milky white in other areas
Tubes generally are very dirty with a good number of black marks.

Now, I've seen one thread recommending gentle use of thinners on Hypalon tubes. Is it ok to apply this technique on PVC too?

I'm a bit stuck for products locally but could probably get some stuff shipped down from blighty. So, I have no idea where to get Sugar soap from here but MAY be able to get hold of some clay tile sealant as clay tiles are used quite extensively here.

I'd really appreciate some advice on where to start and by that I mean which technique and which product to use on each of the different areas highlighted above.

The industrial strength detergent one local guy recommended did nothing at all to help. Some benefit was gained today using the scouring pad alone but bejesus it's heavy going.

Thanx in advance.
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Old 27 January 2011, 14:49   #2
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Ribshops RIB clean sorted my mates Narwhal out, came up real nice. His has red PVC tubes with white wear patches.
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Old 29 January 2011, 09:20   #3
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Thanx Chewy. Anyone else out there?
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Ive got grey not red but I use the ribshop stuff and it's pretty awesome. I'd give it a go before doing something fairly extreme like using acetone or something. A good product to use after cleaning to help protect against uv is 303 protector, imo better than the 3M stuff Ribshop have. Henshaws stock it amongst others.
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Clean your car do that stuff:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/index....wCat&Submit=Go

Quite a bit cheaper too.
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Two things really...

If you can, keep the boat covered when not in use.

Lots of coats of UV protectant will help, this is the best one on the market in my opinion http://www.force4.co.uk/7196/Pro-Mar...mpaign=pid7196

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Old 31 January 2011, 05:15   #7
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Thanx again guys, Stephen, I've given some thought to the covering issue. We have a problem here with an occasional huuuuuge wind (the tremontana) which rips the strongest of covers to shreds unless it's low profile and skin tight. It is, however, far and away the best option for keeping the effects of the sun down (and also the tons of seagull doin's that rain down on us since some kindly eejit over t'other side of the canal started feeding them!). I'll try to come up with a cover style solution - fortunately a good friend here is a cover maker. I suppose using uv protection is also a must as the boat will hopefully be in use a lot during the hot summer days too.

Will the products you guys are suggesting remove both the grime and restore the white patches or should I be looking at 2 different products?

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