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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:54 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: bristol
As a visitor from the MTB 'section' , my apologies for this I am sure frequently asked question

I have noticed some markings to the gum brake hoods on my Viscount . While the hoods remain flexible
with no sign of any cracking , I just wondered how best to protect/feed? the rubber in the long term .
The bike is normally stored away from daylight/sunlight

Thanks for your advice


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:01 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:34 pm
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Location: Carmarthenshire
I'm pretty sure there's nothing you can do to feed them, I seem to remember reading UV is the killer so keep them covered up and don't ride your bike :D or buy some spares for the future.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:52 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: Adelaide, Australia
I use 303 Aerospace Protectorant.

It works.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:42 am 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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Treating them with a silicone based latex lube/shiner helps prolong the life of rubber.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:35 am 
rBoTM Winner
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Big Block wrote:
I use 303 Aerospace Protectorant.

It works.


I bought this on Big B’s recommendation... he’s right, it does work.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:44 pm 
Retro Guru

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I doubt new ones will cease to be made for a while.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:41 am 
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I use Armour All Protectant. Seems to work. Says it protects against heat, ozone and ultra violet rays and prevents cracking and fading. Apply 2 to 3 coats. Allow to soak in and dry. Then a maintenance coat now and again. Leaves a nice shine. Good for brake and gear cable outers, mudguards and other plastic and rubber bits.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:09 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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Armorall and Meguiars do similar products too.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:34 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: bristol
Thanks for the advice

In other words use car cleaning/detailing products aimed at vinyl and rubber care

I should have thought of this as I already have some !


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:16 pm 
Old School Hero

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for gums I use vaselin (liquid), pretty cheap. I go to the pharmacy with a little bottle and they fill it for an euro... (otw it costs more the bottle than the liquid ;)


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