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Old 09 April 2021, 03:01   #1
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Hi, I have just acquired a RIB that I am trying to upgrade and am finding it impossible to clean the tubes. I have tries everything from RIBCleaner to Bleach all with no luck, does anyone have a magical formula for a cleaner that will get the ground in dirt?
Or Do I have to look at re-painting the tubes?
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Old 09 April 2021, 03:16   #2
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The magic formula is caustic TFR, worked in with a soft scrubbing brush and 303 Protectant.
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Old 09 April 2021, 08:46   #3
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Thanks but what is caustic TFR ? I have the 303 though
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Traffic Film Remover, used in pressure washers for cleaning vehicles.
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Traffic Film Remover, used in pressure washers for cleaning vehicles.
Yes and I obtained some 200:1 stuff used neat and not diluted.
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I had great results with TFR 50:50 mix with water, followed by Cillit Bang Black Mould remover. Finished off when dry with 303.Click image for larger version

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Old 09 April 2021, 12:20   #7
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Rib Revive - Rib & inflatable boat tube cleaner

Wet the tubes, spray on, then work in with a green scouring pad a section at a time. Rinse off. Use gloves as it's an irritant.
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Old 09 April 2021, 15:32   #8
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I am at the same thing at the moment.I have tried all the expensive rib cleaning products,as the other posters stated the only thing that really works is TFR neat in a spray bottle,apply on a a small area at a time and work in with a nail brush,leave for a few minutes,wash off and repeat,repeat and repeat again and again untill you have the desired result.Finish with a UV protectant like PRO MARINE PROTECTANT for a better than new finish.The secret to success here is elbow grease.
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Have a search above ^^

There's lots of products & success stories over the years.
The main one I would not recommend is Manos' idea of Toluene.
You'd have had to be a member here back in 2004 to remember that though.
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There's lots of products & success stories over the years.
The main one I would not recommend is Manos' idea of Toluene.
You'd have had to be a member here back in 2004 to remember that though.
I have tried a lot of products but not toluene. I did however have great success with MR MUSCLE foaming cooker cleaner
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Truck wash =TFR
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I bet a bit of acetone would wipe that clean with zero effort.
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MEK would rip through that. Google how to use it and avoid damage.
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Hi, I have just acquired a RIB that I am trying to upgrade and am finding it impossible to clean the tubes. I have tries everything from RIBCleaner to Bleach all with no luck, does anyone have a magical formula for a cleaner that will get the ground in dirt?
Or Do I have to look at re-painting the tubes?
Acetone (nail polish remover)
TFR (often used for cleaning trucks) is very good too but be careful with it...paint would have to be a all else failed option.
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Old 11 April 2021, 00:54   #16
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Ok thanks guys I have tries a small patch and TFR and black mould remover seems to be working. I will post a before and after pic once done.
Also I have a few seams and things to glue down but am not sure if its PVC or Hypalon , how do I tell?
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Ok thanks guys I have tries a small patch and TFR and black mould remover seems to be working. I will post a before and after pic once done.
Also I have a few seams and things to glue down but am not sure if its PVC or Hypalon , how do I tell?
You need a two part pvc adhesive (same for both hyperlon or pvc fabric) Try searching the rib store. You will need to find out what your rib is made from....google the maker of your boat and it should tell you what it's made from.
Make sure you do your homework (youtube) is a good source. Seem repairs can be very difficult (but not impossible) but it is widely expected that when it comes to rib boats then it's the beginning of the end and a re-tube will be required eventually.
Good luck.
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Also I have a few seams and things to glue down but am not sure if its PVC or Hypalon , how do I tell?
Have a read over this: https://www.polymarine.com/advice/pvc-or-hypalon/
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Ok thanks guys I have tries a small patch and TFR and black mould remover seems to be working. I will post a before and after pic once done.
Also I have a few seams and things to glue down but am not sure if its PVC or Hypalon , how do I tell?
Scratch with your fingernails if you get fine bits itís hypalon if none itís PVC
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