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Old 04-24-2014, 10:17 AM   #21
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Marinestrip was originally sold as a varnish stripper. It is a lousy varnish stripper but it is a great vinyl cleaner. It works fast, like acetone, but doesn't seem to remove the plasticizers. I sell a lot of it in my store.

I like the idea of waxing the cord to help prevent dirt from sticking.

One reason to keep your cord clean is that a dirty cord can leave marks on white gel coat.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:21 PM   #22
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Or you can just buy a Marinco shore power cord "cover" (sleeve).
It's a sleeve that just covers the power cord. Has a zipper and is good looking.
Sold at west marine.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:59 AM   #23
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Or you can just buy a Marinco shore power cord "cover" (sleeve).
It's a sleeve that just covers the power cord. Has a zipper and is good looking.
Sold at west marine.

Yeah. FWIW, they usually last for about 2 years...

Just happens our dock has been graced with new piles, and it was time to replace the sleeves on our "stays at home all the time" power cord... so I used the StarBrite product (says it includes a protectant) and then re-sleeved, slung the whole thing from dock pedestal to pile to boat where it lives. Looks decent, until the sleeve starts to go south... but since only a small portion of that power cord ever moves (when disconnected from the boat), the sleeves don't actually get much friction wear.

Not sure I'd be willing to mess with sleeves on free-standing (i.e., not in a Cablemaster) traveling cords, though.

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Old 10-14-2017, 10:53 AM   #24
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Has anyone tried Spray Nine?
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I have two things to report to the collective:

I called Hopkins Carter about getting some Marine Strip because they are listed as a dealer and was planning to get some from them next week when I found some on the west coast of Florida about 25 miles from Punta Gorda. Four bucks more than HC but no shipping.

I have not used it yet but did try the Spray Nine today and it did a pretty decent job. Say 85% with one pass.

I will use the Marine Strip for the final clean before I put on a new Sunbrella cover made by these folks.

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Old 10-15-2017, 02:47 PM   #26
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If you are going to cover it why clean it?
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:07 PM   #27
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If you are going to cover it why clean it?
Because it is a nearly new white 50 amp cord that I got when the Cablemaster was installed in March. I had neglected to get a cover and it was getting a little grody.

I am not one to sweep dirt under the rug.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:24 AM   #28
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I have two things to report to the collective:

I called Hopkins Carter about getting some Marine Strip because they are listed as a dealer and was planning to get some from them next week when I found some on the west coast of Florida about 25 miles from Punta Gorda. Four bucks more than HC but no shipping.

I have not used it yet but did try the Spray Nine today and it did a pretty decent job. Say 85% with one pass.

I will use the Marine Strip for the final clean before I put on a new Sunbrella cover made by these folks.

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I would benefit from your review of the Marine Strip product!

Got some fenders that could use some TLC, and would like to expend as little effort as possible (short of just replacing the things).

I can mention I've tried some "Totally Awesome" cleaner. Not. Maybe about like your results (or less) with Spray Nine.

Ref the cover: FWIW, we use a Marinco cover on our home slip shorepower cord. That stays in place, so we only have to disconnect from the Cablemaster cord at the boat end; the Cablemaster cord is completely covered all the time (except for the few seconds when we make/break the connection). Just happened to have space shorepower cords, so it was an easy solution to quick getways and recoveries. The Marinco cover last about 2 years...

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Old 10-18-2017, 01:10 PM   #29
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I have two things to report to the collective:

I called Hopkins Carter about getting some Marine Strip because they are listed as a dealer and was planning to get some from them next week when I found some on the west coast of Florida about 25 miles from Punta Gorda. Four bucks more than HC but no shipping.

I have not used it yet but did try the Spray Nine today and it did a pretty decent job. Say 85% with one pass.
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I would benefit from your review of the Marine Strip product!

Got some fenders that could use some TLC, and would like to expend as little effort as possible (short of just replacing the things).

I can mention I've tried some "Totally Awesome" cleaner. Not. Maybe about like your results (or less) with Spray Nine.

Seasalt, any further review of the Marine Strip stuff?

FWIW, I've tried the following, with varying results, mostly underwhelming:
- Starbrite Inflatable Boat & Fender Cleaner/Protector
- Starbrite Power Cable Cleaner/Protector
- 409
- Totally Awesome
- Something To Do It
- Soft Scrub all-purpose cleanser
- Kaboom spray with Oxyclean
- Baking Soda (made into a paste)
- Aquafresh fluoride toothpaste (extra fresh + whitening)
- Goo-Gone spray gel
- ZEP orange degreaser
- De-Solv-It Contractor’s solvent

The two Starbrite products do OK sorta-kinda, but take a lot of work... and OK is maybe hovering near that 85% mark you mentioned (or less) even with some serious scrubbing.

None of those are wipe on/wipe off products. Some, I tried simply 'cause I had it on hand, or because I had a "What the heck?" moment.

Haven't found/tried Spray Nine yet. Have not tried MEK or oxalic acid yet, and I suspect those would be a bit harsher on the vinyl than I'd care to be except as maybe court of last resort.

BTW, I wasn't able to find Marine Strip on the Hopkins-Carter website when I searched. Got a link? (Or maybe Parks will chime in...) Our nearest dealer is 25 miles or so and a toll bridge away... if they really do stock it, and if they really do have it in stock.

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Try black streak remover. You can get it at west marine, but a lot cheaper at amazon. I used it on my home gutters, when nothing else would work, and they look brand new, It is amazing stuff.
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Seasalt, any further review of the Marine Strip stuff?

BTW, I wasn't able to find Marine Strip on the Hopkins-Carter website when I searched. Got a link? (Or maybe Parks will chime in...) Our nearest dealer is 25 miles or so and a toll bridge away... if they really do stock it, and if they really do have it in stock.
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I have not tried it yet. Fleet review is this weekend so I have not had time.

I couldn't find it on their website either so I called HC on Saturday and they had several cans in stock. I was going to have some sent then I found it closer.
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Try black streak remover. You can get it at west marine, but a lot cheaper at amazon. I used it on my home gutters, when nothing else would work, and they look brand new, It is amazing stuff.
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I have not tried it yet. Fleet review is this weekend so I have not had time.

I couldn't find it on their website either so I called HC on Saturday and they had several cans in stock. I was going to have some sent then I found it closer.
Thanks, good tips.

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Try black streak remover. You can get it at west marine, but a lot cheaper at amazon. I used it on my home gutters, when nothing else would work, and they look brand new, It is amazing stuff.
I used spray nine on gutters this spring...best results of anything tried to date.
It whitened so well it left them spotty...
Ended up spraying a soft brush on a locking extension pole (single story ranch) and wiped them down that way...nice even white clean result
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......... I regularly practice IBEW safety rules.
The IBEW is the electrical worker's union, not a safety standard.

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