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Old 09-25-2009   #1
 
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Cleaning a PVC boat

Hi I have a new PVC Vanguard boat that I want to clean. Some tough stains I think from bird poop etc. But what would you guys recommend as a good general purpose boat cleaner.
I soaked half a bottle of 303 into it when i first bought it as a protectant.

Any of you PVC boaters out there have ideas for me.

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Scotty V.

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Old 09-26-2009   #2
 
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I heard too much 303 makes plastic hard and brittle over time.
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Old 09-26-2009   #3
 
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Hmmmm.....interesting. Wonder if there is any truth to that? Be interesting to find out if anyone out there has 303'd their boat too much and if so what happened to their/your boat?

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Old 09-27-2009   #4
 
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I've never heard anything about over 303ing. I've also heard that pvc doesn't really need it for protection. I've put it on the bottom to help slip over rocks at low water.

WAtch out for putting it up on top where you walk or sit.
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Old 09-27-2009   #5
 
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I have used a Magic Eraser to get stains off my Vanguard and it worked nicely. Other than that I have just used a mild soap and warm water.
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Old 09-27-2009   #6
 
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Hmmmmm.......magic eraser, wouldn't have thought of that, but makes since. I'm going to try it.
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Old 09-27-2009   #7
 
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Aire states in their warranty and repair tab

11. What should I use as a boat cleaner?
The best cleaner that you can use for your boat is mild soap and warm water. NRS offers an inflatable boat cleaner that works very well for grease and the tough dirt that won’t come off. If you are using 303 Protectant it should only be used a couple times a year. Using too much 303 will cause the plastic in the PVC to harden.

I believe Vangaurd makes a similar statement about PVC and 303.
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Old 09-28-2009   #8
 
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I also have a vanguard and second the magic eraser. It works great. I just use it and water to clean after trips.
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