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Old 16 July 2010, 04:27   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Medway
Boat name: No Name
Make: Waveline
Length: under 3m
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sticky Boat

Hi Everyone
I have been looking at this site for a while now and enjoy the banter and advice given from some very knowledgeable people and thought it was about time I joined...................well that and the fact I need some help.

I have a PVC Waveline Tender that has a sticky substance on the rubbing strake that has now affected the handles and is moving on to the tubes, it is stored upside down with a cover over it, but it stops at the strake and it is the exposed areas that are getting this stuff on it, at 1st I thought it might be sap from trees but it is at least 10-15m away from the nearest tree, the substance turns brown/black very quickly.

What do you think it is and how do I clean it off???

Please help because every time I get in or out I end up with very sticky fingers

Sorry about the quality of the pics but I only had my old camera phone with me and they were taken on the spur of the moment.

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Old 16 July 2010, 04:32   #2
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I think you will find it is the natural degradation of the plastic caused by UV and heat/age. I believe it is the plasticiser migrating to the surface. AFAIK there is no remedy, although I guess a solvent of some sort may clean some of it off.
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