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Old 03 April 2011, 03:55   #1
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The ultimate tube cleaner!

Our tube were completely grimy, and we tried everything to shift it. Mate certainly had a genius idea - washing powder! It was incredibly effective - a splash of water and little bit of elbow grease later the tube was looking nearly as good as new. Probably doesn't matter, but we used Ariel Ultralift!

Hope this is helpful to someone.
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That's good to know. When you say you tried everything, did you try the specific RIB cleaners and traffic film remover too, or general cleaning products?

I'm not being cheeky, I just want to know if it was better than them or performed the same job in their absence.

I've been doing a lot of RIB cleaning recently and had used a few products side by side, as it were, so this is Relevant to my Interests
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Old 03 April 2011, 05:15   #3
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We first tried the usual stuff for light cleaner, car shampoo. Then we moved on to Daisy APC, a little like TFR I believe and much loved by the car cleaning lot on detailingworld. That really made no difference to the worn-in grime. It came straight off with the washing powder and a scourer.
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Old 03 April 2011, 05:17   #4
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Well, I still swear by a mix of Tesco Value washing up liquid (it's thin so you don't have to add water) and Tesco Value biological washing powder...
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A once yearly application of RIB revive just after winter is all I need to keep my tubes in tip top condition.

Obviously a good cover works wonders too
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The old rnli D class inshore handbooks clearly stated that only ,normal Warm soapy water was to be used and then rinsed off with clean fresh water no other products cleaners/ solvents were to be used .

once a year they got a clean with revive back at annual refit if needed,

lets face it they are not in the buisness of selling products so they would say that
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The old rnli D class inshore handbooks clearly stated that only ,normal Warm soapy water was to be used and then rinsed off with clean fresh water no other products cleaners/ solvents were to be used
That sounds to me like an application of the precautionary principle, to avoid damage. They probably aren't too concerned about their tubes look?
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A once yearly application of RIB revive just after winter is all I need to keep my tubes in tip top condition.

Obviously a good cover works wonders too
Oh, I've only just today run over the tubes with the Blow Torch too.
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Oh, I've only just today run over the tubes with the Blow Torch too.
I think you should Share....
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Before and after

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methinks I have to get the elbow grease and waashing powder going. My housekeeper at the hotel swears by the stuff as well.

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Bit of Jif and a light scourer, then meguir car wax brings them up a treat!
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Sugar Soap in warm water will clean any tube Alan P
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i use upvc frame cleaner and a light scourer pad,works a treat
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I found the TFR liquid and hardcore cleaners just end up leaving dribble marks etc. They're a pain the ass to use as you are constantly applying/washing off every inch you do of the tube.

CIF, washing powder etc far better it would appear.
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I found the TFR liquid and hardcore cleaners just end up leaving dribble marks etc. They're a pain the ass to use as you are constantly applying/washing off every inch you do of the tube.

CIF, washing powder etc far better it would appear.
I found that with the Rib Revive, certainly on orange anyway (not done the Vipermax yet though early indications are that the theory that grey is supposed to be more UV/fade resistant is b*llocks...)

It was OK as long as you washed it all straight off with a fair amount of pressure (mains pressure here is about 4 bar) but any residue would leave horrible marks and you'd need to do it again.
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