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Old 09-21-2016   #11
 
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Old 09-21-2016   #12
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I use the car wash pressure washer on my 20 year old Hypalon sometimes, and I'ts been fine, just should be careful, don't get super close. I would use at least a 25 degree tip, if not wider, if it's your own pressure washer.
I don't personally believe in over doing the scrubbing, as it inevitably removes some material each time you do it. Most of my cleaning has to do with switching river systems and removing invasive species. I still clean off the heavy silt and mud.
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Old 09-22-2016   #13
 
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Another big part of cleaning my raft it the bi-annual opening of my floor pocket on my Aire. If you either a) raft in non silt-laden water or b) have a sealed-pocket floor this is not an issue. Every two years, after letting it dry for a really long time (3-4 weeks) I open up the floor and remove the significant amount of silt that has accumulated between the floor and the zip shell. I find no amount of water can remove this without opening it up.

As for general cleaning, I'm big on the magic eraser and the NRS boat cleaner. Over the years, I've used less and less boat cleaner and more magic erasers. There are still some deep stains that even the ME won't take off but I'm not too concerned about it.

Another spot that tends to have grit and dirt build up is under the zipper flap for my tubes. Again - specific to Aire rafts I presume.

My general theory is that although silt and dirt in and of themselves are not significant harmful to the rubber, if they are given the opportunity to rub between two pieces of the raft, frame or other gear in or on the boat, then it could cause premature wear. Bottom line - it doesn't have to look clean - it just needs to FEEL clean.
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Old 09-23-2016   #14
 
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RE: car washes

Something to consider, if taking your boat through a DIY car wash, is what that brush has been used on and how it has been used. I have seen people scrubbing all kinds of things with those brushes- rusty, greasy farm equipment, wheel wells, axles, tires, etc etc. Who knows what kinds of chemicals and petroleum products are in those brushes or what they may do to your fabric. Probably not worth the risk, IMO.

However, I have used a the high pressure nozzle at DIY car washes. It is the easiest way I have found to blast sand, silt, mud from the floor and the spaces in the lacing between the floor and raft. My hose at home never has enough pressure to blast all that grit out.

I know the high-end auto detailers are very careful to never blast the pressure nozzle at a car, only across the surface. I follow the same advice on my raft.
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Something to consider, if taking your boat through a DIY car wash, is what that brush has been used on and how it has been used. I have seen people scrubbing all kinds of things with those brushes- rusty, greasy farm equipment, wheel wells, axles, tires, etc etc. Who knows what kinds of chemicals and petroleum products are in those brushes or what they may do to your fabric. Probably not worth the risk, IMO.

However, I have used a the high pressure nozzle at DIY car washes. It is the easiest way I have found to blast sand, silt, mud from the floor and the spaces in the lacing between the floor and raft. My hose at home never has enough pressure to blast all that grit out.

I know the high-end auto detailers are very careful to never blast the pressure nozzle at a car, only across the surface. I follow the same advice on my raft.
Agreed!! I have my own special large soft bristle brush that I take to clean my boats with I would not use the ones at the car wash!
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or, you could not do anything. i mean nothing, just roll it up wet and put it under the house, or better yet, put it under the drip line of the house so it will get washed all off season.

then, after a couple years like that you can take it to the manufacturer and complain that they sold you a defective boat and ask for a new one!!!
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I busted out my crappy electric power washer. It is so weak there's no danger of ruining the rubber on the floor or you tubes. Went about like I expected it. Took to long. But, the boats look shiny and new.
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or, you could not do anything. i mean nothing, just roll it up wet and put it under the house, or better yet, put it under the drip line of the house so it will get washed all off season.

then, after a couple years like that you can take it to the manufacturer and complain that they sold you a defective boat and ask for a new one!!!
Ha Ha Ha.... you are so funny!! Except for the fact that they are manufactured right here and we know Dr Andy well... That might work with a "no fault" warranty, not so much with us... said giggling of course Kindly, Renee
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