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    What can I use to clean and protect the pontoons on my one man cat. I can see were its starting to fade on the open sun exposed areas. Thanks Hillbilly

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    Call the manufacturer and ask them if they would recommend Aerospace 303. I use it personally, but the fabric of your raft will dictate it's efficacy.

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___71270
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    Simple Green is a good all-around cleaner that won't harm your fabric. Ditto on the 303 Protectant, BTW. Stay away from Armor-All! It penetrates the fabric and you won't get a patch to hold. Bad stuff for inflatables.

    You mentioned fading. I'm not convinced that the above-mentioned products will totally prevent that. Best bet is to store the boat in a covered area out of the sun. Failing that, I tarp mine during the summer.

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    Thanks for the help. Glad I held off on the armor all! Hillbilly

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    Yep, sounds like you almost went down a slippery slope
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    Do not use WD-40 as a cleaning agent.
    If you do, don't report it to the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaTrueAdventure View Post
    Do not use WD-40 as a cleaning agent.

    Any personal experience Dennis?

    Sounds like it may be
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    ...dan...
    A long time ago, on a forum not far away...
    ...I admitted to the five year occasional summertime use of a product that very effectively removed those dark marks caused by the raft frame....
    .....although the raft(s) suffer no visible short term or long term damage...
    .....I received some stinging advice and corrective action comments...
    ...fortunately, through a long term counseling program involving hundreds of rafting sessions, I have nearly fully recovered.
    Well, I thought I had recovered, until I experienced the flaskbacks that resulted from this recurring thread question....
    SO DO NOT USE WD-40, and I'm not kidding!
    Therefore, I'll continue on my therapeutic treatment program by going rafting again this weekend.

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    Sorry for causeing undo stress. I did several searches with no luck. Good luck with the counseling sessions. Hillbilly


    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaTrueAdventure View Post
    ...dan...
    A long time ago, on a forum not far away...
    ...I admitted to the five year occasional summertime use of a product that very effectively removed those dark marks caused by the raft frame....
    .....although the raft(s) suffer no visible short term or long term damage...
    .....I received some stinging advice and corrective action comments...
    ...fortunately, through a long term counseling program involving hundreds of rafting sessions, I have nearly fully recovered.
    Well, I thought I had recovered, until I experienced the flaskbacks that resulted from this recurring thread question....
    SO DO NOT USE WD-40, and I'm not kidding!
    Therefore, I'll continue on my therapeutic treatment program by going rafting again this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaTrueAdventure View Post

    ...fortunately, through a long term counseling program involving hundreds of rafting sessions, I have nearly fully recovered.


    Now that is some funny shet right there.


    Simple mistake using WD-40. Hell, it has like 1,000+ uses. I wouldn't have known not to use it on the raft either. Maybe the guys giving the "stinging advice" used it once upon a time as well.

    Perhaps you talking about it flared up their PTSD


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