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Old 16 July 2009, 06:11   #1
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Rib Cleaning

We bought a second hand Valiant about 2 months ago. When we collected it it was pretty dirty in particular the tubes were sticky. We assumed it has been parked under a tree or something for a long time.

The lads set about cleaning her and after the soap and scrub used Pro Marin Tube cleaner. After which she looked good as new. They then put a UV protector (also by Pro Marine) on.

Rather stangley the tubes are now becoming sticky again - any ideas as to the cause?
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Old 16 July 2009, 06:19   #2
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I had something similar happen to a car roof that had been parked under a tree for years. It was the sap (or what ever comes off trees) and when I washed it, it seemed to have gone. But after a couple of days the sticky stuff came back. Only way I got rid of it was a good T-cut.
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Maybe Codders TFR ?
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Yup or failing that something solvent based.
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Doug, I had something very similar once. I left a white (PVC tubed) RIB parked under some trees for several weeks. Came back to it and was covered in yellow sticky stuff. Used neat TFR and a good scrub and it came up like new (and didn't go sticky again!)
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Sticky one

Is the rubbing strake sticky as well
are the tubes pvc ?
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wash it down with thinners, make sure you get th ethinners off before it dries
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