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Old 11 June 2021, 07:10   #1
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Cleaning up my rib

Hi My Rib is old and dirty - I bought it this way I have treated it well since - but I need to clean it up.

Any tips?

I am especially interested in how to clean the GRP floor - I was planning on good old fashioned fairy liquid and elbow grease.

I am also keen to improve the tubes. 2 problems with them:
One - they are dirty and marked - dirt, bits of old glue, mould too maybe.
Two - it is badly sun damaged. That is how I got it so cheap. If there a way to help the tubes, protect them? improve the quality of the PVC? A bit like leather cleaner does wonders for the leather seats in a car.

There are so many different products to choose from I have come here to ask the experts.

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Good old fashioned 200:1 caustic TFR used neat and a scrubbing brush will cut through dirt, grease and oxidation then 303 Protectant will seal everything against UV. TFR is cheap, 303 is expensive but worth every penny. Love to see before/after pics.
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303 protectant bought from Amazon straight away.

The caustic TFR looks like fierce stuff. Let me be clear - are you meaning get the concentrate that will dilute to 200:1 but use it neat without diluting it ?

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303 protectant bought from Amazon straight away.

The caustic TFR looks like fierce stuff. Let me be clear - are you meaning get the concentrate that will dilute to 200:1 but use it neat without diluting it ?

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Yes full strength - don't dilute it and make sure you wear gloves or it will strip your skin oils in a nasty way. Also it's not good for galvanised metal but will be just fine on tubes and GRP. Don't let it dry so work smaller areas at a time. I used a pressure washer to blast/rinse it off getting into the areas and texture that the stiff bristles didn't.

You can get neutered TFR that's non-caustic but can't vouch how effective the wimpy version is.
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Good old fashioned 200:1 caustic TFR used neat and a scrubbing brush will cut through dirt, grease and oxidation then 303 Protectant will seal everything against UV. TFR is cheap, 303 is expensive but worth every penny. Love to see before/after pics.
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Although I wouldn't recommend this as you're normal cleaning regime...more of a renovation clean!...little and often (and milder) is far the better option ...once it's cleaned properly a good (power if possible) rinse with fresh clean water and finish with 303 will mostly suffice.
If you're doing a renovation deep clean...small areas at a time will help ...a lot.
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