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Old 04-28-2010   #1
 
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Raft cleaning?

So Im gettin the raft ready for this year and it's, um, pretty dirty. Tryin to clean it up. What's the best way to get stains off the raft. Most of the bad stains are from the frame, aluminum rub, but some other stuff smeared all over it that needs to go. What are your thoughts, suggestions?

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Old 04-28-2010   #2
 
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I've actually found Mr Clean's magic erasers to work REALLY well on aluminum frame rub spots!
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Old 04-28-2010   #3
 
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I've always used a green dish scrubby pad along with a basic liquid soap in warm water, you really have to put some elbow grease into it
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Old 04-29-2010   #4
 
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I've always had good luck with the nrs inflatable cleaner.
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Old 04-29-2010   #5
 
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I've always used a green dish scrubby pad along with a basic liquid soap in warm water, you really have to put some elbow grease into it
Yep, that's how I do it. I use Simple Green, a bucket and a garden hose.

The 'frame rub' (oxidation) stains will mostly come out with some focused and persistent rubbing with a semi-abrasive pad.

My boat's PVC, so can't really make any recommendations for Hypalon.
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Old 04-29-2010   #6
 
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Other than cosmetics is there a reason I should be removing my frame rub spots? Just curious because I just 303 my boat at the end of the year but don't scrub it.
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NRS Is a company we all know but in my opinion fairly jenky(built in Asia mostly)! Gear I have purchased from nrs has sometimes lasted a year but has mostly blown apart soon after buyin'. Save your cash don't waste it on an nrs specific cleaner. Use beardance's rec. Peace out river folk, see u on our rivers
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Just thought I'd resurrect this because I found some good info on another site that I thought would be useful on the Buzz

http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/131079-Removing-Rust-Aluminum-stains-on-Rafts
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Old 10-14-2013   #9
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Clean It? Por Que?

OK, so maybe I'm Once Burned and Twice Shy, but...........
I ruined a boat using Wesley's Bleche Wite to clean a boat. It worked great for about 3 seasons, then the seams delaminated due to the Super-Cleaner. I salvaged a few valves and D-Rings before sending the remainder to the landfill. I can't imagine that removing the Battle Scars of Honest Labor are worth risking the health of your boat. I wear my Aluminum Oxide marks with pride.
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Old 10-14-2013   #10
 
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road map rub marks

The oxide marks from the frame simplify rigging, just line up the frame on top of the dark marks, no need to re-eyeball the alignment. I do wash my boat before I 303 it, why encapsulate the grime and grit?
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