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Old 19 March 2003, 13:28   #1
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Silicon Oil for RIB Tubes

This is some Transparent Silicon Oil that I found in Greece.
I bought a bottle and I was advised that is for maintaining, protecting and maintaining tubes made out of neoprene, hypalon and PVC.

I always used fairy liquid and armorol to wash and shine my boat.

Any ideas or expereinces of the use of this product or equivalent products??
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Old 19 March 2003, 13:29   #2
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Old 19 March 2003, 16:04   #3
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Isn't silicone oil going to make the tubes very slippery?
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Old 19 March 2003, 17:37   #4
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Ha, yes been there and done that, polished the tubes then took the club diving, no one could stay seated on the tubes a right laugh, oops, never again. Best protection for tubes has to be keep the sun off them with a cover, don't over inflate them especially if its sat on a trailer in the sun and wash with soap. Sugar soap as suggested by Alan P works well.

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Old 19 March 2003, 18:54   #5
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Yep been there- sprayed the little seariders tubes with silicon once. Looked brill and gave the inhabitants of the local slipway a great comedy show as the other'arf tried get from the water into the boat. Jumped up , arms flailed around, slid back into the water. Jumped up, arms - well you know the rest. Couldn't stop laughing. Banned from using silicon ever since
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One of my uncles did similar with his searider years ago. Was out for a day of diving with the dive club, and he'd put that sort of stuff on the tubes, and he was wearing one of those old rubber drysuits (also made by Avon). Leant over the tubes to grab the painter, slipped on the very slippy (but very smart shiny looking) tubes, and ended up stuck inverted in the water. He also found it was a good way of amusing people on the shore.

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Silicon based products should not be used on tubes as it will make any repairs very difficult or impossible to do.
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Old 20 March 2003, 04:31   #8
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Cheers Guys

You've been a great help!!
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Going back to old washing up liquid and Armorall
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Is sugar soap solution OK?
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Never tried that one Daniel.
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