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Old 05 January 2020, 16:44   #1
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Tube Advice

I知 after some advice on my tubes.

I have a 2007 XS Rib which in general has pretty good tubes. The undersides are not bad for her age and with Augustrace come up like new. The insides are also the same condition and with a general clean come up well.

Where I知 having problems are the tops. Obviously sun and salt have got to them overtime but I知 having problems getting these much better particularly at the bow.

I致e used Rib revive, August Race and 303 but I知 left with a lighter blue and in particular 組reening on the straps.

Is this just age or anything I can try?
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Old 05 January 2020, 17:26   #2
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Old 06 January 2020, 11:43   #3
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I think your tubes are made from neoprene? Check the strapping to the hull is in good strong condition, especially the glue.

Normally you壇 need to fit cover patches, however I知 not sure if you値l get the glue to stick onto your tube material.

Well worth checking the search function on here to look at other XS ribs of the same age
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XS use Polyurethane and Hypalon for their tubes. Chances are they are Polyurethane as that's the material they push the most.
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XS use Polyurethane and Hypalon for their tubes. Chances are they are Polyurethane as that's the material they push the most.


That痴 it, polyurethane, not neoprene
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have you tried tfr it worked wonders on my valiant pvc tubes
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Old 06 January 2020, 14:16   #7
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No I haven稚 tried TFR. I think that might be my next attempt
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I have a 2008 xs650 with same tubes and use tfr then rib revive get. My straps have similar discolour but they clean up with tfr Click image for larger version

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XS PU tubes seem to be prone to this. Sadly I don't think any product will get that out. If it really bothers you, you could get a tube company to recover the seams.
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XS PU tubes seem to be prone to this. Sadly I don't think any product will get that out. If it really bothers you, you could get a tube company to recover the seams.
Getting them covered is probably a good call as the uv eventually degrades the glue causing the tapes to come off
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Which make of TFR have you been using? I値l give it a shot. Even an improvement I値l be pleased with
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Which make of TFR have you been using? I値l give it a shot. Even an improvement I値l be pleased with


You want the Sodium Hydroxide flavour (caustic soda), non of that wishy washy Eco rubbish.
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