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Old 07-07-2017, 06:42 PM   #1
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Dirty dingy help

So like an idiot, I transported my dingy in a uhaul flipped over on the tubes. It's a fiberglass floor RIB and I figured that's how I should do it.

I didn't put down a tarp, and now I have black areas where the tubes rode on the aluminum floor. Is there something special I can clean it with without destroying the material? The tubes are hypalon.

I've tried soap and water with a rag, but it didn't work.

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Old 07-07-2017, 06:47 PM   #2
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Defender sells a new product called August Race. Two parts. one a cleaner and one a protectant. Might give that a try. There is nothing worse than having a dingy Dinghy.
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So, you have a dingy dinghy?
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:51 PM   #4
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Dirty dingy help

It looks teeeerrible! I'm embarrassed.

Thanks for the product recommendation. It looks like aluminum residue to me, but I don't want to try any harsh products without asking first.

I read online that some folks used Magic Eraser with good results? Anyone try that ??
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:06 PM   #5
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I used some rubbing alcohol to clean where I put my registraion numbers....applied with a kitchen scotch bright pad, came up pretty nice.

Just wouldnt let too much get near seams, though I dont thing rubbing alcohol will be an issue with the glue.
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:10 PM   #6
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I removed grease marks(from hands while fitting/removing the motor) with mineral turpentine("turps"). Worth a try.
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Give Inflatable Boats a call they sent me some type of cleaner that worked well on hypalon... Is it PVC or Hypalon
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:17 PM   #8
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Be very careful eith solvents near glued srams, even the alcohol I suggester.

Do a bit of research on the web to see if thete are any warning for particular cleaners or solvents.

I know years ago the silicone in Armor All destroyed a lot of inflatables because the shine looked great...but got under the glue in the seams.
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Dirty dingy help

Ok. Cool. Thanks. Now I have some ideas. Turps and alcohol!

It's Hypalon.
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I was pretty happy with Gojo hand cleaner on my fenders, don't see why it wouldn't work? make sure to get the stuff with pumus
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Greetings,
Mr. 01. I thought from the title this thread would be about something else...

I wouldn't use anything of a solvent nature such as: Naptha, turp's (mineral spirits), paint thinner, acetone, benzene, toluene etc as it could easily damage the Hypalon which is basically rubber. I don't know if one of the citrus cleaners (Go-Jo hand cleaner) would be any easier on the rubber but it does work well on shore power cords.

I'm pretty sure the black is aluminum oxide so I'd give CLR a try too. Never know...

Aw rats. Should have read the preceding posts.
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Ha! I just realized I misspelled dinghy.
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Lol. Thanks. Just realized my typo.
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I've used car black mark remover, to clean genny exhaust soot etc of my rib came up like new. It loosens the stuff then you must use lots of water before it dries.
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I have had great results from using toluene to clean, followed by 303 to protect. I have only tried it on hypalon dingies, so can't comment on what effect it would have on Polyester fabric.
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Yes, toluene was what the repair place recommended. Use protective gear and stand upwind.
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Used soft scrub myself and worked well.
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Toluene is highly flammable.

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Yes, toluene was what the repair place recommended. Use protective gear and stand upwind.
Make sure there are no open flames downwind if you use toluene to clean the line..
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I was pretty happy with Gojo hand cleaner on my fenders, don't see why it wouldn't work? make sure to get the stuff with pumus
Yes , I agree - the Gojo hand cleaner in the larger orange containers used with a medium bristle brush will work almost as well as many of the more expensive inflatable cleaners. We have used this on many RIBS both hypalon and heavy PVC of all sizes.
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