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Old 26 January 2007, 17:37   #1
Country: UK - England
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Using a Jet Wash to Clean your RIB

Where I store my Rib it is difficult to clean it as there is no water supply.

I was wondering whether I could use the Jet Wash down at my local garage. I realise that high pressure jet sprays and Rib Seams dont mix to well however this one also has a brush which shoots out soap through the bristles.

Is there any reason why I can't use this to clean the hull and tubes? are the detergents and waxes that these things use going to cause any damage?



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Old 27 January 2007, 07:48   #2
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No damage at all Chris, unless you stand there with the nozzle 2" away! Every time we trailer ours, we try and stop off at a garage to first wash, then re-fuel. It saves a lot of effort and time. The salt gets less time to do its work. In fact, there is no rust at all on any part of our trailer inc wheels. It means you just put the rib away as soon as you get home. Also, it means you can do the towing vehicle at the same time.

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Old 27 January 2007, 13:52   #3
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Aagain, no problems.

The support ribs on the main boat are washed down every use with a hot jetwash - not exceptionally hot I'll grant you, but enough to get the crap off! Just don't point too closely at the seams....
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Old 28 January 2007, 06:18   #4
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dont wash down then leave

If you can wash down before you get home (as suggested above)the heat from the trailer brakes will dry them out completely. Leave it until you get home and the brakes sit full of (fresh ) water and corroding continues.
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