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Old 03-16-2019, 06:26 AM   #21
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I have 2–21” round white fenders, they’re 10 years old. I use when locking or when tied to a sea wall and they’re scuffed and scratched and work as good as they did 10 years ago. I clean with a pressure washer. They will never look new again to many locks.
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With those locks throw a fender board between two fenders and the lock wall. Fenders stay clean, and just throw the board away occasionally. I learned to do that in the middle of the boat, where I'd tie to a bollard if present and have two fender balls fore and aft in case the boat got a little katiwumpus. Made locking easy.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:01 AM   #22
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Always looking for a better cleaner.....

Seems like Spray Nine is less that half the price of Marine Strip, which is quite expensive.

So the question is Marine Strip worth double the cost?

It took me a couple days -- and serious elbow grease -- to clean six 12" white fenders with Spray Nine.

I did all six in one afternoon -- using less elbow grease -- with Marine Strip.

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Old 03-16-2019, 09:00 AM   #23
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Thanks for the feedback will give marine strip a try. One of the few projects I can do currently as I cannot access the boat as it is a mud and slush pit at the marina. Hoping the last of winter has passed so the area can dry out and I can start the fun stuff. Have shanghied daughters new boyfriend to help me wax and prep the bottom once we re able.
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:34 AM   #24
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If you are going to use Marine Strip, just be aware that despite the claim made in the sole Amazon review, the product is toxic. Google the MSDS for toulene and acetone and use appropriate precautions.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:24 PM   #25
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Can't help with the cleaning but if you can't get them back to original then maybe buy some fender covers.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:48 AM   #26
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We tried fender covers. Seems to hold "grit" more than the bare fenders themselves. Might have had better results had we removed/washed/replaced more often...

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Old 03-17-2019, 08:27 AM   #27
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The white fenders stay at the dock. One I use as cushion when I back in, the other is on the corner of the dock. They are old and crappy but do the trick, just want to try and spiff them up. These sit 1/2 in the water so cannot do covers. Just got fender covers for those onboard.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:48 AM   #28
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I’ll second Z-CLEANER
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:50 PM   #29
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Can't help with the cleaning but if you can't get them back to original then maybe buy some fender covers.
I have covers but remove them for dirty locks and replace them after traversing a canal and rinsing the fenders. The covers stay cleaner and are softer on the painted hull.
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Old 03-18-2019, 03:31 PM   #30
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We use covers on our vertical fenders. Like both the appearance and I feel we get more protection against the hull.


We remove covers when going through locks.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:28 PM   #31
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We've always had white fenders on our boats until we bought this one. The large main fenders are all black (we have extras for rafting and storms that are white). Although on hot days they can be very warm to the touch, we will probably opt for black moving forward as they don't ever appear dirty.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:30 PM   #32
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best cleaner

acetone will dissolve the outer vinyl layer. no more shine

Best bet: Home Depot Zepp Purple industrial cleaner. stains just fall off.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:15 PM   #33
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WHite fenders

Bleachy White, the stuff used to clean white wall tires works great. Have used it for years. Any auto parts store has it, cheap and easy.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:22 PM   #34
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If you go to any car paint supplies place they will sell you a roll of 'Stockinette' (Its very cheap). You can leave it au naturel or dye it whatever colour you want. Cut a length slightly longer than your fender, it's a tube so open it, slide it over your fender and use a plastic tie wrap top and bottom. At the end of the season, or when they get very dirty just cut 'em off and replace them and your fenders will stay clean.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:54 PM   #35
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What is the best way to clean my white fenders. I have a couple that have black stains and are generally looking like crap.
The best I've found is as in the bottom pic on this page of my website:
https://www.playdeau.com/whats-in-pl...u-make-up-bag/

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Old 03-22-2019, 03:58 PM   #37
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This Admiral is not a fan of scrubbing the black stuff off fenders so here’s what I did. I washed them with Dawn, a green pad, and let them dry. Then I spray painted them with Fushion paint, the kind you would use to refurbish lawn furniture. Comes in a spray can from the hardware store for about $4.00. Comes in only a few colors. Our fenders are the kind where the line goes through so I hung them on the lifelines to dry after spraying them on newspaper on the dock. Roll around to get all sides. Came back in 24 hrs with a second coat. After al,ost 3 years they still look new but a little dirty. So the plan is to repaint them this year again. In my case it was either paint them or throw them away they were so bad. This paint covers well the black tarry stuff from the docks. It was a miracle. Our neighbor sprayed hers navy and they look great after 2 years. Every once in a while we need something easy. This is it.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:07 PM   #38
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cleaning fenders

Slightly off topic but can anyone tell me the advantages or benefits of center hole fenders vs double tie end fenders? Assume that I chose the recommended size of each, why one vs the other?
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:06 PM   #39
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LA's Awesome Cleaner . A spray bottle full at the Dollar store is $1.00. A 16 oz bottle if concentrate is $1.00...but no sprayer. It works wonders and works well in the engine room cleaning spilled diesel and engine oil. Makes the stainless steel in the galley look great too! Even takes stains out of the upholstery.
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While at all times paying attention to product biogradeable properties. Goes w/out saying I assume but haven’t checked out gojo yet.
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