Vlog 118: Bob Cratchit

A bit of DIY and a product review in this video as I think back to when I was moored over the summer and took the cratch cover off, firstly to kill off the algae growing on it (courtesy a free review product from Kinver Canopies, who nonetheless had no say in the editorial content of my review), secondly to clean it, and thirdly to re-waterproof the canvas.

Kinver Canopies: www.kinvercanopies.co.uk
Renovo ultraproofer: https://geni.us/CtC_RenovoUltraProofer
Renovo canvas cleaner: https://geni.us/CtC_RenovoCleaner

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  1. Another excellent vlog David.. watching you and your endeavours aboard..
    I know that the cratch cover in the video has now gone to the great graveyard of failing marine bits and pieces since having yourself a new pvc/acrylic cover and new frame..(How is that performing BTW)
    I did just want to say that canvas, SHOULD actually become weatherproof over 3-6 months typically (if correctly tensioned)..
    A little bit of aditional weatherproofing never goes amiss though..
    Being conscious of chemicals & the enviroment, ive always opted for a “Natural Solution”.. Melted bees wax painted over.. Has an amazing smell as well.. reapplied each year or 3 keeps it fully weather/waterproof…. Especially if mix3d with raw, unrefined linseed oil..
    Needless to say ive been enjoying taking a trip back through time with your VLOGS..
    TBH.., your efforts on your crach cover did turn out better than i expected.. Kudos to you David and the products you used..
    Thankyou as always for your time & effort put into your productions..
    Kindest regards,

  2. Good canvas as yours seemed to be is interesting. From experience you can scrub until your hands fall off an you will not get the deep embedded dirt out of the weave.
    It might have been worth the cost of renting a pressure washer if you did not have access and washing it in situ on the boat and then letting it dry.
    My bet is it would have come clean as clearly the window material was in good condition and the dye of the fabric still full of chroma so the fabric would withstand the washer.

  3. Michael Higgins

    Maybe a video on restoring the finish to the (Teak?) Table inside the Wheel Deck may be in order. I once restored the Teak Splash Board and Hatch cover on a small sailboat. The product which I bought (Three separate bottles I think) worked fabulously. The Teak was grey and very oxidized. The cleaner stripped all the oxidation off with gentle brushing, using a wire brush. The wood was re-stained and looked brand-new. I believe an oil finish of some sort was applied to seal the deal.

  4. Simple Spray is a canvas waterproofing solution which is not very expensive and is available in colours.

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