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Old 09-28-2013   #1
 
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NRS Rub Strake Cleaning

My lovely 2004 NRS E-140's "yellow" rub strake is a little faded and I was hoping to clean 'er up. I have found that some 180 grit will do a decent job but removes the top layer. I was thinking of acetone and a scotch brite scrubber. Does anyone have any other good ways to clean this strip up to the original color and so I can satisfy my vain (OCD) boating compulsion.

Thanks for all your input.

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Old 09-29-2013   #2
 
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Try SoftScrub, in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket. Wet the strake first, apply with a green meanie rubbing pad, it should work. After you get it clean, riinse well and let dry, then apply 303.
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Magic eraser is gonna be the most gentle
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Thanks for the input. I want to keep it gentle so I think some mild abrasive and elbow grease is in order.

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Try Simple Green.
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I sprayed my 1999 cat tubes with 303 and buffed it with a foam automotive buffing pad on a cordless drill. It cleaned up nicely and brought out the original color. Use a variable speed drill and adjust speed and pressure to reduce splatter.
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You used the 303 as the buffing agent, then? One of those red foam auto polisher attachments, right???
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Yep. The foam pad was white (now it's blue) but it had a flat surface, not the dimpled pad I used for buffing paint. Not sure it matters too much. I know it took a lot of 303, but saved a lot of labor.
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Is the outcome shiny? Swirled at all? Thanks-
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