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Old 04-15-2017   #1
 
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Raft frame and straps that won't leave stains.

Built an uber cheap raft frame using 1 inch conduit and some cheap straps from Amazon. This rafts is mainly use for fishing and wont see any white water that's why I went cheap. Used it today for the first time and it worked great but it's leaving black stains on my boat. So any suggestions on what type of pipes to use so it won't leave stains? Also suggestions on some good straps that don't break the bank? Those NRS straps are nice but seeing if there's cheaper options. Thanks.

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Built an uber cheap raft frame using 1 inch conduit and some cheap straps from Amazon. This rafts is mainly use for fishing and wont see any white water that's why I went cheap. Used it today for the first time and it worked great but it's leaving black stains on my boat. So any suggestions on what type of pipes to use so it won't leave stains? Also suggestions on some good straps that don't break the bank? Those NRS straps are nice but seeing if there's cheaper options. Thanks.
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Cheap Straps....Mule Tape. 2000 lb tensile at 2 cents a foot.
Black marks. Paint your parts with clear ....krylon. The smaller the pipe or tube, the higher the abrasion on the tubes. Remove the dark marks with a little acid and dish soap.
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Thanks for the tips.. I'll paint the parts. Little afraid about using acid on my boat. I'll try some acetone first see if that works.
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Acetone will / may disolve resins base fabric

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Thanks for the tips.. I'll paint the parts. Little afraid about using acid on my boat. I'll try some acetone first see if that works.
Mild acid. Muriatic 5% Hcl diluted 50:50 water and dawn dish soap. CLR will work as well.
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303 is an awesome boat cleaner, plus its like sunscreen for your boat. I picked some up from the auto store. one bottle would last you years
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Paint your parts with clear ....krylon.
Never heard of this before... Would this work the same with a NRS Frame?
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The NRS tubing is anodized, so it shouldn't need it. It couldn't hurt though....you might have to reapply fairly often when it gets scrapped off though.
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303 is an awesome boat cleaner, plus its like sunscreen for your boat. I picked some up from the auto store. one bottle would last you years
Thanks for that.. I've been researching it and sounds like a great product to use. It cleans and protects the boat as well! Awesome.. did you get the marine 303 or just regular one?
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The NRS tubing is anodized, so it shouldn't need it. It couldn't hurt though....you might have to reapply fairly often when it gets scrapped off though.
That's what I had thought too, but they leave black marks on the top tubes. I've asked about it before and have been told it's just part of deal and to clean it every year with Boat Cleaner.
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What's the harm in the black marks on the tubes anyway?


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