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Old 10 November 2006, 13:12   #1
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sea rider Rubbing strake

i have cleaned the Toobes with rib revive, and its awesome stuff,, the out side rubbing strake is Faded Grey, sun bleached i guess!! is there anything to bring the depth of colour back or do i have to resort to painting it Grey???
if thats the last resort, where can i get the paint??? thanks all ,
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Old 10 November 2006, 13:26   #2
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Hmmm. It's faded and chalky from oxidation and UV damage.

You can sort of hide the effect (and bring back a darker color) by using a product that will wet the chalkiness. 303 Aerospace works pretty well, but may require reapplication pretty often. Other plastic/vinyl restorers/conditioners may work as well (no comment on the ecological implications, though.)

There may be some solvents that will break down the oxidation, and get you back to base material. Might try small areas with a small dryish brush and various solvents, like acetone, MEK, toluene, or mineral spirits.

Don't know what kind of paint you'd use, but surface prep would be pretty critical, I would think, which means that you'd already be most of the way to a surface restoration.

Luck;

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Old 11 November 2006, 07:35   #3
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Have you considered replacing the strake. It's not a difficult job and will transform the look of the boat
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Paint

I was going to do the same thing but have never got round to it. Was going to paint the tubes and replace the strake (got as far as ordering the grey hypalon paint). IBS have a good range of paints, strake etc.

http://www.ibs-boats.co.uk/ibs.htm
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There's a bloke on ebay selling 10 meters of black d strake for £50 at the moment. Seems like pretty good value.
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Old 14 November 2006, 13:19   #6
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There's a bloke on ebay selling 10 meters of black d strake for £50 at the moment. Seems like pretty good value.
Thats very good value.
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Old 14 November 2006, 13:39   #7
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have booked it in at HENSHAWS, VERY HELPFUL , the bow section of the rubbing strake is going to be replaced and the rest of it, is going to be treated to a bit of a birthday!!
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