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Old 06 June 2007, 07:40   #31
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Traffic film remover is TFR. I have been using it for the last couple of years on just about everything and it works a treat, especially tubes. I left a PVC tubed rib at calshot for about 3 months. When I came back it was covered in really nasty sticky grime. Sprayed it with neat trf, left it 2 minutes, quick scrub with a green pan scourer and it came up like new. Up until recently I used to wash trailers down with it. Won't be doing that anymore after what I read in that thread about tfr, but I certainly won't stop using it on anything else. Also works wonders as oven cleaner, and in the bathroom on scummy tiles.
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Old 06 June 2007, 07:45   #32
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Sarah you certainly know how to grab people's attention with thread titles

Well done and may you have less troubles with your new toy than I did
Sorry about the titles - I seem to be on a roll at the moment!!!

Thanks for the good wishes. I'm sure we will have our fair share of 'issues' but hopefully as the boat and engine look pretty good, hopefully we have a good starting point.

Bit overexcited at the moment ;o)
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Old 06 June 2007, 07:50   #33
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Traffic film remover is TFR. I have been using it for the last couple of years on just about everything and it works a treat, especially tubes. I left a PVC tubed rib at calshot for about 3 months. When I came back it was covered in really nasty sticky grime. Sprayed it with neat trf, left it 2 minutes, quick scrub with a green pan scourer and it came up like new. Up until recently I used to wash trailers down with it. Won't be doing that anymore after what I read in that thread about tfr, but I certainly won't stop using it on anything else. Also works wonders as oven cleaner, and in the bathroom on scummy tiles.
sorry - I'm being a numb nut.

Does it make a difference what the tubes are made of - i.e. PVC or hypalon (we have Hypalon)?

If you are really careful with it, i.e. no where near metal and don't splosh it about would it be OK?
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Old 06 June 2007, 07:50   #34
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If TFR is so bad for metal why is it marketed for cleaning traffic film off commercial vehicles.

This is what one of the retailers say. 'Keep contact with alkali sensitive materials to a minimum. Rinse the cleaned surface with water, not allowing the cleaning solution to dry on'.

http://www.morclean.co.uk/content.php?categoryId=238

Is galvanised steel alkali sensitive ?
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Old 06 June 2007, 08:06   #35
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If TFR is so bad for metal why is it marketed for cleaning traffic film off commercial vehicles.

This is what one of the retailers say. 'Keep contact with alkali sensitive materials to a minimum. Rinse the cleaned surface with water, not allowing the cleaning solution to dry on'.

http://www.morclean.co.uk/content.php?categoryId=238

Is galvanised steel alkali sensitive ?
I don't know about galvanised steel being sensitive - after looking at all the info on the ATF site, I'm very sensitive!!!
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Old 06 June 2007, 08:07   #36
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Perhaps - now that I know what the marks are - I'll go and find the thread but does the traffic film have the same issues as TFR? Is this OK on metal and everything else?
Sorry, I should have used the full name. TFR is Traffic Film Remover.

I was just concerned that Codders wasn't giving the whole story. I wouldn't put the stuff near my boat. Can you imagine washing your boat with it and managing not to get splashes on the engine or trailer and not getting it onto instruments or into the bilge pump. What a hassle.
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I have used it on hypalon and pvc. Your tubes are hypalon. At the end of the day its personal preference what to use - some people swear by tfr others hate it. From my own personal experience, the only bad experience I have ever had with it is when I washed my car with it, and it took some of the lacquer off the front bumper. In terms of using it on boats I have never had any issues at all - it does a great job.

Just make sure you wear rubber gloves when you use it as it will damage your hands.
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Old 06 June 2007, 08:38   #38
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Sorry, I should have used the full name. TFR is Traffic Film Remover.

I was just concerned that Codders wasn't giving the whole story. I wouldn't put the stuff near my boat. Can you imagine washing your boat with it and managing not to get splashes on the engine or trailer and not getting it onto instruments or into the bilge pump. What a hassle.
So is there an eco-friendly (or rib-friendly version)?
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I have used it on hypalon and pvc. Your tubes are hypalon. At the end of the day its personal preference what to use - some people swear by tfr others hate it. From my own personal experience, the only bad experience I have ever had with it is when I washed my car with it, and it took some of the lacquer off the front bumper. In terms of using it on boats I have never had any issues at all - it does a great job.

Just make sure you wear rubber gloves when you use it as it will damage your hands.
OK. The patch is in the bow - away from all the scary bits (instruments, engine, etc.) Is it runny - do you put it on the cloth first and then wipe the area - reducing the amount of possible splashing. Do you then rinse like mad?
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Old 06 June 2007, 09:59   #40
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OK. The patch is in the bow - away from all the scary bits (instruments, engine, etc.) Is it runny - do you put it on the cloth first and then wipe the area - reducing the amount of possible splashing. Do you then rinse like mad?
Don't use a green nylon scourer as it can scuff the tubes unless you are carefull. A softish scrubbing brush is the answer. Using the dilute TFR readymix is a lot safer than using the neat stuff. £5 for 5 litres from Machine Mart. Just scrub it hard into the tubes. Don't worry about it damaging anything as you will be washing it all off afterwards. You may well see the suds turning pink/red - worry not it just shows it's working.

Chcuk the stuff into a bucket - dip brush into the solution and scrub away - don't try to spread it over too big an area - you need to slap loads of it on!!!
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