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Old 12-07-2010, 09:09   #16
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I have tried 409 and it cleans up pretty good, I still have a sticky feeling to the hull, I think it might have been caused by another cleaner that I used or the previous owner used, any ideas of what can remove this,

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Dan, we can give a better answer if we know what type of fabric your boat has. PVC? Hypalon?

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Old 12-07-2010, 13:30   #17
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cleaning inflatable

I think it is Hypalon, it is a 2000 Zodiac 9.4 long model CFR 285.

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Old 12-07-2010, 16:50   #19
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We've found that the heavy duty orange hand cleaner did a great job on the fabric and a 50/50 bleach/water mix in a spray bottle a good way to clean the bottom.
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New Softscrub foam

Cleaned my Avon with the new Softscrub foam and it made my 6 year old dingy look new. Foam it on, let it sit for a minute and use an abrasive plastic scrubbing pad and rinse.

Works very good!
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Re: Cleaning inflatable

I know this is a super old thread... But I almost messed up my dinghy listening to some of the advice here and thought I would warn others.

"The problem is that there is so much misinformation out there, borne of ignorance and desperation. Products never to use for cleaning your inflatable are: solvents, MEK, toluene, acetone, bleach, ammonia, highly alkaline cleaners (anything with a pH greater than11.5), abrasive scrub pads, steel wool. They will weaken, damage and discolor the fabric and attack the adhesives. Soaps and detergents leave a sticky residue (soap scum) which attracts and hold dirt. Soap scum is also food for mold and mildew."

Ask the Skipper: How to clean inflatable boat? Choosing the right inflatable boat cleaner - part 1.

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