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Old 03-22-2019, 10:10 PM   #41
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Clean fenders

I venture up and down the Welland canal and my large fender balls take a beating, best thing Iíve used is 900 grit wet dry sandpaper with some soap and water , does a great job with no harsh chemicals
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:12 PM   #42
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I have a number of fenders I have fished out of the rivers and marina. I take them home, toss it in the washtub in the basement with some dawn dishwashing liquid and a little bleach. turn them after a day or so, rinse them off, they look great. when they are dry, put some vinyl protectant on them and you are good to go..
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:06 AM   #43
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I know folks will have preferences but on our trawler the fenders with the holes can be mounted sideways to protect from dock poles. And they can be hung vertically behind fender boards
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Whatever you do, do not use any abrasive at all. Abrasives scratch, however gentle they may seem, into which dirt collects more quickly than before.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:48 AM   #45
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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.

It seems like Amazon has a very large selection of it too in different widths. They are selling it as a bandage material. Some vendors have different colors.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:41 AM   #46
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Someone should try Rustoleum NeverWet on a sacrificial fender and see how it works.

https://www.amazon.com/Oleum-274232-.../dp/B00GMH8PL6

They now make toilet bowl plungers with NeverWet in the plastic and NOTHING sticks to it. So, if they can do it on a plunger, why not a fender?
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I dunno, most of what we've had to clean off is ground in... not a surface discoloration...

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Cleaning Fenders

Most of the products indicated work quite well. However, once used they remove the protective surface of the fenders and periodic waxing it then required.
I use 3-M Magic Erasers. They work well on the fenders and also on the RIB and do not tend to remove the finish.
That said, an occasional coat of wax on the fenders is always a good idea.
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Note... Magic erasers are abrasive and you have to be careful on surfaces that you don't want fine scratches.
Also most waxes are petroleum based and not the best on vinyl. I use & recommend 303 Protectant as it sheds dirt and has UV protectant + water based and safe for rubber & vinyl
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If looking for inexpensive covers I've seen inexpensive XXL sweat pants (W-World) used... legs make 2 cylinder fender covers and waist makes a fender ball cover. And they come in different colors
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It seems like Amazon has a very large selection of [Stockinette] too in different widths. They are selling it as a bandage material. Some vendors have different colors.
I looked it up too. It looks pretty stretchy. Anyone have a recommendation as to which width to buy for various size fenders?
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I’ll second Z-CLEANER
Awesome stuff. Just cleaned my fenders and dinghy with it. 100%
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