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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by petem View Post
    Thanks Paul, got your email. Looks like this is the stuff http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car...s-finish-500ml. I'll drop into Halfords and get some AutoGlym leather cleaner as well.
    That's the one. 3 for 2 ATM I believe.

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    +1 for august race - all their products that I've tried have been excellent

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    I would steer clear of using magic sponges on vinyl, as they're abrasive and will remove the sheen as well as the shite.

    My choices are:-

    GRP Topsides - water, elbow grease and either a microfibre cloth or a scrubbing brush to get the black pollution spots out of non slip surfaces. Works so well there's no need to use chemicals
    Windows - AutoGlym Fast Glass. Quick, easy, great results
    Exterior vinyl - Mer vinyl and rubber care. Great cleaner and protection / polish, also softens the vinyl
    Hood windows - Pledge. Haven't found anything to beat it. Quick, cheap, great results

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trundlebug View Post
    I would steer clear of using magic sponges on vinyl, as they're abrasive and will remove the sheen as well as the shite.

    My choices are:-

    GRP Topsides - water, elbow grease and either a microfibre cloth or a scrubbing brush to get the black pollution spots out of non slip surfaces. Works so well there's no need to use chemicals
    Windows - AutoGlym Fast Glass. Quick, easy, great results
    Exterior vinyl - Mer vinyl and rubber care. Great cleaner and protection / polish, also softens the vinyl
    Hood windows - Pledge. Haven't found anything to beat it. Quick, cheap, great results
    I tried a magic sponge and did not like the outcome - they are deceptively abrasive.

    For GRP cleaning do try Silky Cream Cleaner - it seems to be non abrasive, more like a soap. Sold at caravan shops for about £4 -eg the one at Torksey . and very economical . I am pretty sure the tub I have is two years old despite being used regularly.

    I will try Pledge for the canopy windows.

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    Default Re: Boat cleaning

    Has anybody tried using car products, machine polishing and nano technology to help the water to run off.

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    Best finish I have found is using Silveryak wax. Recommended by Firefly 625. He sells a lot of cars, and knows his detailing. Very easy to apply and polish up. I only use magic sponges on the hull, not seats. Armour All on vinyl seating. Another vote for pledge on the canopy windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trundlebug View Post
    I would steer clear of using magic sponges on vinyl, as they're abrasive and will remove the sheen as well as the shite.

    My choices are:-

    GRP Topsides - water, elbow grease and either a microfibre cloth or a scrubbing brush to get the black pollution spots out of non slip surfaces. Works so well there's no need to use chemicals
    Windows - AutoGlym Fast Glass. Quick, easy, great results
    Exterior vinyl - Mer vinyl and rubber care. Great cleaner and protection / polish, also softens the vinyl
    Hood windows - Pledge. Haven't found anything to beat it. Quick, cheap, great results
    How odd, I got that idea of magic sponges from this very forum, many recommendations. I only use for stubborn marks but have had no issues.

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    Default Re: Boat cleaning

    Thanks for all the replies. Have purchased Autoglym leather cleaner and Armorall for seating. Also bought some Stardrops (it was only 80p) and can confirm that it's great for UPVC windows, seems to be quite gentle
    , non sticky and causes some water beading after application so will try that on seats too.

    Incidentally, can anyone recommend a good / cheap boat cleaning service in Hythe? Boats not had a clean for 6 weeks or so and would benefit from a quick professional clean I think.

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    Bit of an update. I tackled the cockpit seating with Rafiki's recommended Armorall and it came up very nicely. I hope that it's left a protective layer that will help to protect it and keep it easy to clean in the future.

    I also tackled one of the sofas with the Autoglym leather cleaner recommended above. Seems to have done the job and I will complete the cleaning this weekend and apply the protector Autoglym stuff.

    Incidentally, I also bought some Star Drops as it was only 80p in the Supermarket. Also seems to have done a nice job of the interior vinyl surfaces; quite gentle, non sticky and left a slight orange fragrance. I might try it on the bilges next.

    As the woodwork is heavily lacquered, I've just used a tiny but of Pledge multi-surface cleaner on a clean microfibre cloth.

    I've got some metalwork to do next. Any recommendations for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy_the_builder View Post
    A bloke called Nicolas
    I've found a bloke called Wayne. Charges £40 for an exterior wash - bargain!

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