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Old 04 July 2020, 12:01   #1
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So I know this might have been done to death but need some ideas.

I have 13 yo blue tubes on my XS. They hold air perfectly and not a patch in site so Iím trying to avoid renewing them.

The bow is faded (the rest isnít too bad) so i cleaned with TFR and it seemed to fade them even more!

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Iíve used August race UV over the top which has brought them up ok, still a little faded, but it just doesnít last and as soon as it rains they fade again.
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So I know this might have been done to death but need some ideas.

I have 13 yo blue tubes on my XS. They hold air perfectly and not a patch in site so Iím trying to avoid renewing them.

The bow is faded (the rest isnít too bad) so i cleaned with TFR and it seemed to fade them even more!

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Iíve used August race UV over the top which has brought them up ok, still a little faded, but it just doesnít last and as soon as it rains they fade again.


Try 303 on them
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Old 04 July 2020, 12:16   #3
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my mate has a blue xs 6m and he leaves it in harbour all summer, so it faded, he used the above, and said his tubes came up like new, i used it on my 4.8M and the same result
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Iíve tried RIb revive before. Didnít do much to the fading.

The conditioner probably brought them up as well as August Race but doesnít last long at all.

Also tried 303 which has given the best results but canít seem to get the colour back.

Not sure if the colour is too far gone now
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Iíve tried RIb revive before. Didnít do much to the fading.

The conditioner probably brought them up as well as August Race but doesnít last long at all.

Also tried 303 which has given the best results but canít seem to get the colour back.

Not sure if the colour is too far gone now


If the top layer has oxidised, the only way to get colour back is to knock back the top layer by aggressive cleaning. Iíd be tempted to stick with the 303 & live with it. If the tubes hold air & are sound, youíve nothing to gain by attacking them with chemicals, apart from a touch of vanity. Wear the ageing as a badge of honour.
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