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Old 01-05-2011, 19:17   #1
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Cleaning Fenders

Hi all - Anybody know a way to clean the black crap off white fenders?
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Old 01-05-2011, 20:11   #2
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Re: Cleaning Fenders

I take acetone and a rag to them and then apply a vinyl protectant. Yes it does melt the very surface of the fender....which is what makes it work so well at removing the grime. Other chemicals I have tried are a lot of work and don't seem to make it look brand new.

Use the appropriate precautions when working with acetone.
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Re: Cleaning Fenders

MEK (methyl ethyl ketone ) works too.
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mek doesn't melt it?

try ajax if no one comes up with a better idea.
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Old 01-05-2011, 23:03   #5
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How well do those fender covers or socks work?
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Re: Cleaning Fenders

Try the XXL sweat pants, and cut off the legs to make cheap fender covers. If your fenders are already dirty, I agree with the acetone solution.
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Re: Cleaning Fenders

Just how much does it matter if your fenders are dirty? I like the look of well used fenders myself.
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How well do those fender covers or socks work?
I was silly enough to use those blue Westmarine ones but they rotted in a year. Go quality.

I agree that acetone will do it. Gloves might be a help.
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I had good luck with white gas. Take all the usual precautions to avoid death and destruction.
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Re: Cleaning Fenders

We've always used water, CIF, and a green scourer to good effect.
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Just how much does it matter if your fenders are dirty? I like the look of well used fenders myself.
I just spent 3 days on the top sides buffing with aquabuff 1000 then 2000.
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That is probably tar or lexonite from pilings, I use mayonaise to remove paint around my eyes, might work on that stuff, any petroleum product remover will work.
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I use Collinite 920 to clean the fenders every year.
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Try the XXL sweat pants, and cut off the legs to make cheap fender covers. If your fenders are already dirty, I agree with the acetone solution.
I use tshirts same way. They buff the hull instead of depositing black marks on it.
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+1 for acetone
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