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Old 20 January 2008, 14:43   #1
Country: UK - England
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Tube Cleaner

I want to clean my tubes. There are so many cleaners on the market and my local marina says clothes washing soap works as well as most.
Has anyone out there been impressed by the cleaners on the market and can recommend something?
Regards Paul

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Old 20 January 2008, 14:56   #2
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Hi Paul,
Ask 6 people and you'll probably get 6 different answers.

Personally I have found that TFR (Traffic Film Remover) works the best........

Here's a search on the boards for Tube cleaning cleaner:



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Old 20 January 2008, 15:43   #3
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household persil is as good as any of the expensive marine cleaners!

all of them need some elbow greece and time and you can get any tube looking new again!
One life so live it........
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Old 20 January 2008, 15:59   #4
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What you do is get a large bucket...

Fill it with TFR, Persil, Dreft, petrol, diesel, Sand, Tuolene and then relieve yourself in it.

Once you have finished cleaning the rib then chuck a few gallons of floor polish over it.


just use some washing up liquid followed up by some 303 rib shine type stuff Rib Shop (and others) sell...
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Old 20 January 2008, 16:48   #5
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Washing up liquid followed by Mer plastic bumper cleaner. Lasted since March!
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Old 20 January 2008, 18:51   #6
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Washing up liquid wouldn't remove the oxidisation on my tubes. TFR or persil works fine. Most important is to use a soft brush or sponge. - Tesco sell em quite cheap. Then something like 303 or armorall. Possibly the floor polish but not used it yet!!!
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Old 21 January 2008, 06:10   #7
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I cleaned a 1979 Zodiac that was covered with hard to remove dirt, mildew etc. I purchased it in this condition and the tubes now look great. The material is hypalon. I used water and bleach and a scouring pad with an abrasive cleaner like comet and ajax. It may have been a bit agressive but I am pleased with the results.

By the way, is that Chris guy nuts or what? His post got me laughing anway...

Good luck!

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