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Old 10 February 2008, 06:59   #1
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Best Rib Tube Cleaners??

what is the best Tube cleaner for a rib and where can it be purchased?
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Old 10 February 2008, 07:42   #2
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Use the search facility-search 'tube cleaner'. You'll find enough reading for a couple of hours
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Traffic film remover (TFR) diluted with water. You can get it on ebay very cheaply. Wear gloves, put some in a sprayer, spray onto the tube, then rub with a soft green pan scourer. Rinse with lots of fresh water.
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cheers for that
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See my post about Rib-Shop, they use stuff called Rib Revive and a 3M protectant and it has done wonders for my Rib and can be bought from their website.....
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I suspect Rib Revive is similar to diluted TFR; it smells similar, burns your skin in a similar way when you don't wear gloves, and gives a similar result.
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Only burns your hands if you've got namby pamby skin

All joking aside, I don't think Rib Revive is TFR, certainly not the stuff I had anyway.


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I suspect Rib Revive is similar to diluted TFR; it smells similar, burns your skin in a similar way when you don't wear gloves, and gives a similar result.
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how does it work?
how is it applied etc?how long do you leave it on and rinse off with water?
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TFR is great but I found a green nylon scourer a bit too rough - use a soft nylon brush instead - Tesco do some great ones cheap - also good for alloy wheels.
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Does anybody think the "tube protector" does anything?

I have done my RIB a couple of times with Rib Revive and the effect is dramatic - but last time I did part of the tube immediately afterwards with 3M tube conditioner for the first time and it didn't seem to make a darned bit of difference so I didn't do the rest, and three months on the whole tube still looks much the same and is just starting to look a bit grubby again. What's it actually supposed to do?

ciaranp you spray the Rib Revive on from the supplied trigger spray bottle, leave it for a minute or so and then scrub it with a scourer and wash it off with lots and lots of water. Don't leave it to dry on the tube in hot sun as it then leaves horrid streaks which are a bugger to shift - no prizes for guessing how I know that! Best done on a dull day, I do about a chamber at a time on my RIB as by the time I have sprayed that much it is ready to start scrubbing at the other end. The first time I did it, it took a lot of elbow grease but it had been stored in a warehouse populated by smelly forklift trucks, last time I did it, it was dead easy and took me less than an hour to do the whole boat.
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whadayou know other rib cleaning thread.
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whadayou know other rib cleaning thread.
People take the mickey out of the boatmadders for polishing
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I have not used any of the tube protectors, but I believe they leave a film on the tubes to stop dirt adhering and thereby making subsequent cleaning easier.

I have been told by a RIB manufacturer that Mr Sheen furniture polish has the same effect. Might make the tubes a bit slippery though... So don't sit the wife on them while underway!
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Quarry tile sealant

This isn't though experience though
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This isn't though experience though
How about Dulux gloss white?
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I used polymarine hypalon cleaner plus protector. I guess it's the same as rib revive. Basically wet the tubes, spray on and give it a rub. Removed all traces of grime - approx 30 mins to do the whole boat and the excess that dribbled down the tubes onto the hull also made a really good job of cleaning the gellcoat! It really does work unlike the stuff that I got as a freebie when I got the boat (can't recall what make it is but it wasn't in a spray bottle)

Wash of then apply the protector which is meant to stop the effects of UV on the tubes.
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do any of these product bring back some of the old colour of the tube? i mean if the tubes were a dark blue, and are now faded due to the sun ? thanks!
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do any of these product bring back some of the old colour of the tube? i mean if the tubes were a dark blue, and are now faded due to the sun ? thanks!
I wouldn't use anything other that RIB Revive now. On special 20% off retail during the boat show

http://www.rib-shop.com/product.asp?...eck=yes&P_ID=1
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Cheers Andy, i think i will try some of that!! and at 20% off - bargain! so glad i found this site
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Let's try some of that. Order placed!

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