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    Default Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Ok, so for all of you who followed the previous thread here's an update.

    Before buying the Topper I had looked at various videos about tarting them up, and seen how easy it was to do with White Spirit, wire wool and a hot air gun.

    So of course being a numpty I viewed the one I bought through rose tinted spectacles, and didn't spot the layers and layers of what appears to be wax covering the deck. White spirit seems to dissolve it making a thickish goo, which I then need to wipe off, let dry and repeat. I've even taken to scraping as much off as I can with a paint scraper.

    This is turning into a very very long process, and is not going to be easy on certain areas, so I was wondering if any of the clever people her had a better idea on how to remove the wax?

    I probably shouldn't bother, but I'd like the boat to be fairly clean and on the places I've managed to get back to the original deck the yellow is like new.
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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Have you thought about buying some deck cleaner?

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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Quote Originally Posted by ashtead View Post
    Have you thought about buying some deck cleaner?
    I've tried Owatrol marine strip, oxalic acid, and no luck unfortunately!
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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Wax should melt in hot water. Would a wallpaper stripper work, coupled with some absorbent paper? Or even a hot air gun, again followed by something absorbent? If you get wax on clothing, ironing it through blotting paper works very well.

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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Quote Originally Posted by AntarcticPilot View Post
    Wax should melt in hot water. Would a wallpaper stripper work, coupled with some absorbent paper? Or even a hot air gun, again followed by something absorbent? If you get wax on clothing, ironing it through blotting paper works very well.
    I thought about trying an Iron with newspaper, I'll give that a go later
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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Quote Originally Posted by dolabriform View Post
    I thought about trying an Iron with newspaper, I'll give that a go later
    I'd be cautious about using an iron - you might get the setting too high and melt the polypropylene of which it's made.

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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    I just wonder if this is really wax but there are products that take wax candles out of limestone type surfaces that work quite well so you might look at products that remove wax from stone fireplaces

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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    ok, the Iron didn't work.
    The hot air gun helps to remove some of the thicker areas, but in the main I'm left with this which I can't seem to remove.

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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Enter it for the Turner prize. You could perhaps try acetone, if the plastic will take it.

    I'm still trying to get my head round the thought of a polypropylene iron.
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    Default Re: Removing Wax from a Topper Dinghy

    Steam cleaner?

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