We bought a second hand Valiant about 2 months ago. When we collected it it was pretty dirty in particular the tubes were sticky. We assumed it has been parked under a tree or something for a long time.
The lads set about cleaning her and after the soap and scrub used Pro Marin Tube cleaner. After which she looked good as new. They then put a UV protector (also by Pro Marine) on.
Rather stangley the tubes are now becoming sticky again - any ideas as to the cause?
I had something similar happen to a car roof that had been parked under a tree for years. It was the sap (or what ever comes off trees) and when I washed it, it seemed to have gone. But after a couple of days the sticky stuff came back. Only way I got rid of it was a good T-cut.
Doug, I had something very similar once. I left a white (PVC tubed) RIB parked under some trees for several weeks. Came back to it and was covered in yellow sticky stuff. Used neat TFR and a good scrub and it came up like new (and didn't go sticky again!)