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Old 07-02-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Inflatable Dinghy Maintenance

I have a PVC inflatable and don't have an owners manual.
PVC inflatables should all be similar in regards to cleaning and maintenance.

What cleaning products should I use and most importantly, what should I NOT use.
Are there any types of waxes or finishes that will help protect and prolong the life of PVC other than a cover?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-02-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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Go to West Marine and see what they have for PVC dinghys.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:30 PM   #3
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just be careful of anything with spray silicone/Teflon...the old zodiacs I believe fell apart when sprayed with old style armourall...I believe Zodiac put out a maintenance bulletin on it.

the silicone would migrate under the taped seams and they would fall apart.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:29 AM   #5
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.....I believe Zodiac put out a maintenance bulletin on it.....the silicone would migrate under the taped seams and they would fall apart.
Gee Thanks, now you tell me.

I have my 20 year old West Marine Seaworthy RIB where the oar locks were a hard black rubber that oxidized so bad it would come off black on your clothes and skin. I would wash and scrub it real good and it would stay clean for a few days and then come off on you again. I recently discovered through a new friend, to use 100% pure silicone. Rub it in with your finger and remove all excess. The oar locks are shiny black and don't oxidize anymore. So now they will come apart instead .
What a friend you turned out to be.
Actually, thanks a bunch. This new info will stop me from making the same mistake on my newer dink.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:55 AM   #6
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Thanks Guys for all of the suggestions. Looks like all of the recommended products are pretty much the same.
I had to put an order in to partman.com for unrelated stuff and they just happened to have Starbrite Inflatable Boat and Fender Cleaner/Protector and so I ordered it.
I think I can get the 303 Protector from OReillys Auto.

Thanks again.
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