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That sticky gunk on fenders and power cords

Ok, so what is the best way to get that sticky gunk off? I tried a bio-degrad. cleaner with no luck. This nasty fender is gumming up the hull. My shore power cord is marking up my deck. I don't want to use gasoline for fear of damage to the rubber. Other ideas?
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Ok, so what is the best way to get that sticky gunk off? I tried a bio-degrad. cleaner with no luck. This nasty fender is gumming up the hull. My shore power cord is marking up my deck. I don't want to use gasoline for fear of damage to the rubber. Other ideas?
The same stuff used for wheel cleaners works here - Simple Green, will work well.
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Zip sleeve around the SP then velcro strap it to lifeline or stanchions

Fender covers for the fenders
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I have discovered one, and only one long term solution to this problem.
After trying many different solvents, cleaners and abrasives with limited success, I tried a rather radical approach. Using a heat gun, I carefully applied heat to the surface of a discarded, sticky blue fender until the plastic actually melted slightly and turned glossy. After cooling, the fender felt, though didn't look like new.
That seemed to do the trick. Today, months later, the fender is not sticky. The surface of the plastic seems to have been restored to it's original consistency.
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I have also had good success with paint brush cleaner. This tip was courtesy of Bruce Bingham, designer of the "FLICKA".
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For lifelines & power cords and fenders nothing I have found beats a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If you've yet to try Magic Erasers you really don't know what you're missing, these things ROCK!!
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Zip sleeve around the SP then velcro strap it to lifeline or stanchions

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I wanted to save a pair of sticky fenders so I bought a XXXL pair of sweat pants and cut off the legs. Each leg slipped over a fender and tied at each end.
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The plasticizer used in compounding vinyl products is DOP, or di-octyl-phthlate, and its derivatives.
That is the sticky stuff oozing out.
Wipe it off with anhydrous iso-propyl alcohol, found in auto parts stores and sold as a gasoline additive to remove water.
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