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Old 18 November 2005, 17:28   #51
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armor all doesnt protect though does it?>
Choppy,

Don't use Armor All on your tubes! It contains silicone which prevents solid adhesion in the event of a tube repair. NEVER use silicone based products on a tube, as you can't remove all of the silicone, thus can't repair well.

I've used Aurora products which work well. Aurora Polyguard has worked nice, especially with the darker tube colors. The only downside is that you have to keep up with it.

Also 303 works well, too.
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Old 18 November 2005, 18:00   #52
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Heres a bit I grabbed from a rib retailer:

Tips for caring for your inflatable

Cover the boat when not in use, the sun deteriorates the fabric over time.

Do not over inflate the boat. 3.5 PSI is the correct inflation, the standard foot pump will inflate to the correct pressure. Drastic temperature swings can either deflate or overinflate the boat. Keep the valve caps tight. If the boat is under inflated it will cause excess wear and tear , is hard on the seams and punctures more easily.

Keep the boat clean, gravel and rocks inside the boat can cause punctures. Clean any oily substances from the tubeset. Do not use Armorall, it will eat through the fabric. Sunlight dish soap and scotchbrite pads will take off most of the dirt with some hard work. Acetone or MEK may be used from time to time to remove difficult stains. Exercise caution with these chemicals they may harm you and your boat, use only as directed.
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Old 22 November 2005, 16:11   #53
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All gone very quiet since the last two threds ?
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Old 22 November 2005, 17:57   #54
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3M 303 AEROSPACE PROTECTANT- 3M 303 AEROSPACE PROTECTANT- 3M 303 AEROSPACE PROTECTANT
I have been using this for the past 17 years and nothing can provide a better shield from the elements. Follow the directions carefully, keep your boat covered if possible, and your fabric will look good and last forever. Every boat that I've owned and sold was worked very hard, the new owner of the boat would always ask how I kept the fabric looking like new, Answer- 3M 303 AEROSPACE PROTECTANT. The cost is $$$ pricey $$$ but worth it.

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Old 22 November 2005, 18:05   #55
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3M 303 AEROSPACE PROTECTANT
Any idea for a UK supplier of this stuff
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Old 22 November 2005, 18:06   #56
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[QUOTE=Tibs] Choppy,

Don't use Armor All on your tubes! It contains silicone which prevents solid adhesion in the event of a tube repair. NEVER use silicone based products on a tube, as you can't remove all of the silicone, thus can't repair well


Not sure about any other products which have been recomended previously, like armor all, each to their own, only that I use 3m and it works a treat, really easy to apply and an instant shine finish. Also it has been specifically tested for the marine industry for use on rib collars.

Just a point to make on tube repairs, all the repairs that I have done require you to key the fabric first with angel adaptor sanding disk. This will take off any after products, as mentioned above. Still would not use silicon thou..

I had to buy a pack of 12 back in the summer, there are a few on ebay if any are interested.
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Old 22 November 2005, 18:13   #57
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/3m-Rib-Inflata...QQcmdZViewItem

Is this stuff any good?
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Old 22 November 2005, 18:13   #58
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Where to find 303

In the U.S. you can find 303 products at most boat shops. Try the website for UK info. You can also order the product from your keyboard! Good Luck

http://www.303products.com

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Old 22 November 2005, 19:10   #59
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OK - cheapest I can find in the UK so far is 14.99 + 3.75 p&p for the 16oz bottle from here

Can any one beat this here in the UK.
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OK - cheapest I can find in the UK so far is 14.99 + 3.75 p&p for the 16oz bottle from here

Can any one beat this here in the UK.
Damn! Just as I'd ordered 5 litres of floor polish!
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