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How to Protect New Vinyl Seating

Doug asked:
Hi, I just had the exterior upholstery replaced on my boat and haven’t reinstalled the newly covered pieces yet. Since it is brand new what are your recommendations to protect it initially and for future care/maintenance?
Answer:
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Wash them first with EZ Vinyl Cleaner and then protect them with two coats of Vinyl Guard..
Vinyl Guard is a 3rd generation vinyl protector and will protect better than earlier technologies. It is not greasy, oily or slippery and will not transfer to clothing. Two coats will last up to 6 months, in temperate climates and 3 months in tropical climates. Vinyl Guard will protect against UV, suntan lotions, dirt and grime soiling, food and beverage spills, bird droppings and will maintain water resistance. Because of its durability, it requires less maintenance and is less expensive than earlier technology products that need to be reapplied every week or two.
Even though it’s brand new vinyl, it’s still important to wash first with EZ Vinyl Cleaner. The reason is that when vinyl is manufactured, excess amounts of plasticisers are added to the vinyl to act as a lubricant during calendaring and this has to be removed prior to application of Vinyl Guard so that there is no adverse reaction between the chemicals. EZ Vinyl Cleaner is a free rinsing, water based, water activated, cleaner and degreaser. It’s safe for all vinyl surfaces, non-corrosive and will not degrade stitching or leave pink spots in the vinyl.
Vinyl Guard also makes the vinyl more resistant to soiling and much easier to keep clean.
Plasticizers, usually a variety of phthalates plus adipates for low temperature resistance and trimellitates for heat resistance, are added to normally rigid PVC to make and keep it flexible and resistant. The chemical composition of vinyl can vary from manufacture to manufacture and this effects quality, price and durability. Even though plasticisers are low in volatility and do not migrate easily into the atmosphere, this will happen over time, depending on the composition and quality of the vinyl, and the process is accelerated by radiation from the sun. Vinyl Guard contains plasticisers and each application restores lost plasticisers. Regular use can double the life of your vinyl seating.
For regular maintenance, rinsing with clean water and wiping with a microfiber cloth or chamois is usually all that is required. If the seats become soiled to the point where water won’t remove the soil, you can use EZ Vinyl Cleaner and water to clean them. Light cleaning will usually not remove the Vinyl Guard but if heavy scrubbing is required to get them clean then re-application of Vinyl Guard is recommended. Otherwise cleaning and re-application as above is recommended every 3 to 6 months.
We also recommend thorough cleaning and application of Vinyl Guard prior to storage. Vinyl Guard will resist the penetration of mold stains. In the event that mold develops on the seats, it can easily be washed away with EZ Vinyl Cleaner and it will not penetrate and stain the seats. This is important as once mold stains penetrate into the vinyl, it becomes indelible and the seats need to be recovered, which as you know is expensive.
For you convenience, both EZ Vinyl Cleaner and Vinyl Guard are available in a Vinyl Care Kit.
Thanks for your question
Captain Aurora,
Richard Kittar


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Stabicraft 1850 Supercab Protected with Alumetron and VS721

Stabicraft 1850 Supercab Protected with Alumetron and VS721

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Stabicraft 1850 Super Cab, protected with Alumetron and VS721. Ready to go fishing


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One Year Later: Stabicraft 1850 Super Cab.

The customer brough the boat back for a fresh coat of VS721 after fishing in the Tasman Sea for a year.

MAINTENANCE?: He washed it with Boat Clean Plus and rinsed with fresh water.

This boat could last forever 🙂

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Please be Patient.

Please be Patient.

 
Dear Boat Owner,   The Covid-19 virus pandemic is upon us. We’re asking for your understanding and patience during these trying times. Many people are staying home, physical distancing, or working from home to stay safe, and many are taking this alone time to work on their boats and get them shined up and ready for the summer to come. After all, what better place to practice Social Distancing than on your boat. We’re trying to stay open for as long as we can. Our non-essential staff are working from home and we’re trying to maintain our excellent customer service and the high quality of boat care products that we have become famous for, but it will be difficult. Some of our suppliers have already advised us that they have closed down which means that we may run into back orders for lack of raw materials and supplies and there may be delays in shipping as well. Some of our dealers are holding back on their orders for fear of the worst and that has resulted in an unusually high demand on our On-Line Orders which is putting an additional strain on the limited staff that has agreed to keep working in support of our customers. We’re doing our best but we need you to understand that some things will be beyond our control for the near future. If you plan to work on your boat and need Aurora Boat Care Products, we encourage you to order them as early as you can as this will increase your chances of getting them, in a timely manner. Hopefully this pandemic will only be a flash in the pan and will soon be over so we can get back to our normal lives. Thank you for your understanding.   Yours Sincerely, Richard Kittar CEO Aurora Marine Industries Inc.
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How to remove old wax and dried on haze from Premium Boat Shine

Ron Frerker asked: Do you have a product that will remove all old wax off the hull? That includes wax which might not have been buffed out correctly? The products would be Aurora products like Boat Shine and etc. Answer: For your convenience, I’ve highlighted the hyperlinks. Click on the hyperlink to get more information about the selected product. To remove old wax or polish work in a small section at a time. Wet the gelcoat with water, spray on Boat Clean Plus and scrub with a Marine Power Mitt, then put a bit of Boat Scrub on the Mitt and scrub again, until the gelcoat is clean and shiny. Rinse well and continue onto the next section. If the gelcoat is still dull, oxidized, streaky or faded, the next step is to buff with EZ Buff before re-polishing. Premium Boat Shine is self-polishing and does not need to be buffed. When the haze appears, simply wipe away the haze with a terry towel or cotton cloth. If the haze was allowed to remain too long and it becomes difficult to wipe away, apply some more Premium Boat Shine to the hazed over surface and then wipe it away. The haze indicates that the solvents are evaporating and the Premium Boat Shine is beginning to bond to the gelcoat. The solvents from the fresh application will soften the haze residue so it can be wiped away and you should have a beautiful, durable shine. Thanks for your question, Captain Aurora Richard Kittar


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Are Boaters SAFE from COVID-19??

Are Boaters SAFE from COVID-19??

As fear of the Corona Virus grips North America, many of us are re-evaluating our travel and recreation plans for the coming summer. One bright spot in all of this doom and gloom is that boating remains as one of the safest forms of recreation. Viruses can’t travel on the water. Once on our boats, we’re pretty much isolated from contact with others that may be carriers of the virus. Of course we must still be vigilant about keeping our boats clean and when commuting to and from our boats, but once on board we can relax and enjoy life, if only for a while. Those of us fortunate enough to be boat owners can enjoy a day, weekend or even several weeks with our family and friends in relative safety, compared to attending a sporting event, concert, dining at our favorite restaurant or mingling with people in a crowd. Whether fishing, sailing, enjoying water sports, cruising, or just sitting at anchor watching the sun go down, the likelihood of contracting anything more than smiles is quite remote. If only we could live on our boats, out on the water, until this all passes. At the Aurora Marine factory and offices, we are being as vigilant as possible. We encourage our staff to wash their hands frequently, stay at home if they are sick, maintain as much distance from other as possible and avoid crowds when not at work. However, in order to continue manufacturing our products and getting them to our customers, we must be in contact with suppliers and service people on a daily basis. We have no control over where they have traveled, who they have been in contact with or how they conduct and protect themselves, which makes us more vulnerable. We hope and pray that we’ll be spared, as does everyone else, but we must prepare in the unfortunate event that someone in our company becomes infected. Should that happen, it will require closing the company and putting all employees in quarantine until it’s safe for them to return to work and re-open the factory, in which case all shipment to our customers will be suspended. If you’re going to need Aurora Boat Care Products to get your boat ready for the coming season, we strongly urge you to order them now, so that you won’t be disappointed if the worst should happen. Of course, we’ll give you as much warning as possible, in the event of a shutdown or delay in getting your order to you, but this may not be possible as we now live in uncertain times. We thank you for your business in the past and look forward to continue serving you in the future. Safe and happy boating, Richard Kittar President and CEO Aurora Marine Industries Inc. ]]>

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How to Prevent Zebra Mussels from Attaching to an Aluminum Boat

Steven J Pidek Asked:   I have a 17′ aluminum boat that sits in a slip. The bottom of the boat is not painted it’s bare aluminum how do I keep zebra mussels from attaching to my aluminum boat. And what products should I use? What should I use on my outboard motor for zebra mussels?   Answer:   For your convenience, I’ve highlighted the hyperlinks. Click on the hyperlink to get more information about the selected product.   Providing that the aluminum is in pristine condition (new condition), wash it well with Boat Clean Plus cleaner /degreaser, rinse well and allow to dry. Apply 4 coats of Alumetron to seal the grain in the aluminum to make the surface smooth, then apply 2 coats of VS721. Zebra mussels can’t stick to VS721, providing that the surface is smooth and has no microscopic areas for marine growth to anchor.   Here’s a link to our How To Video showing application on a bare aluminum pontoon boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzqTJmJ6n8U&t=30s The process is the same.   If the aluminum is not in pristine condition, send me pictures and I’ll advise you on how to restore it.   It’s also important to keep bio-fouling (slime) from building up as that’s food for higher life forms, like Zebra Mussels and Algae. VS721 will make the bottom of your boat very slick so all you need to do is wipe the bottom clean from time to time, as you see slime starting to attach, and your boat bottom will stay clean all season. The biofouling comes off very easily with a Marine Power Mitt, sponge or brush. The Alumetron / VS721 combination will also improve the performance of you boat.   If the factory paint on your outboard motor is in good shape, all you need to do is clean it well with Boat Clean Plus and then apply 2 coats of VS721.   You will need about 1 bottle of Boat Clean Plus, 2 bottles of Alumetron, 1 bottle of VS721 and a Marine Power Mitt (recommended) to do your boat.   The Alumetron / VS721 combination comes with a 3 year warranty.   Thanks for your question,   Captain Aurora Richard Kittar  


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Preventing Rust on Chrome

TERRY HUTCHINSON asked: is Stainless Shield ok for Chrome? if not, do you have a product for rust spot prevention on chrome? Answer: For your convenience, I’ve highlighted the hyperlinks. Click on the hyperlink to get more information about the selected product. Both Quick Silver and Stainless Shield work wonderfully on chrome. The protective shiny, silvery finish on stainless steel is chromium oxide which is similar to that on chrome plating, except that the protective methodology is a bit different. Chrome plating is only on the surface whereas the chromium in stainless steel is alloyed with the steel and is right through the metal. Quick Silver is very effective at removing surface rust and re-passivating the chromium oxide surface to help protect against future rusting and Stainless Shield prevents the attack from the environmental causes of rusting, corrosion and pitting. Thanks for your question, Captain Aurora, Richard Kittar


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