If your kit stinks so bad that even you can't get in the car with it then, fear not, help is at hand. Get to the baby section in any supermarket and lay your hands on a bottle of Milton. This is used to serialise baby's bottles and works a treat at killing off the bacteria that are causing your kit to smell. Fill a large bucket or deep sink with water and add a couple of cap fulls of Milton. Give your kit a good dunking in the water and agitate all the kit to make sure the solution gets everywhere. Leave to soak for a good couple of hours for the first time if your kit is in a bad way. Then in future, when you get back with wet kit, give it a quick 15 minute soak with the same strength solution and your smelly kit woes will be over forever.
You will probably find that you can get away with doing this one time in every four uses of your kit depending on how long you are in your kit for and how much you sweat whilst you're in it. (Nice!)
Sticking bumpers on polo boats
You will need the following
- A small tin of Evo Stik Contact Adhesive (250ml)
- A disposable brush for application of adhesive
- A hot air gun or failing that your better half's hair drier
- Some new foam bumpers
Remove the old bumper and clean up the area back to its original state removing all the old glue and bits of bumper. This is painstaking work but is very important for good adhesion. A heat gun is useful here. Warming up the old glue makes it considerably easier to remove. A small piece of wood is useful as a scraper as it wont damage the boat. Obviously if you are using the heat gun watch how hot you are making the surface of the boat.
Take the bumper and mark the mid point. Mark the mid-line of the boat as this will help aligning the bumper when it comes to sticking it on. Wrap the bumber around the end of the boat and take note or mark where you will need to apply the adhesive. Make sure you align the bumper in the position you want it in at this point as there are no second chances when the adhesive is on.
Apply a thin layer of the adhesive to the bumper and place it somewhere safe to dry. Coat the end of the boat with a thin layer of the adhesive making sure that you cover the whole area where the bumper will be stuck to the boat. It is as good idea to apply adhesive at lease a couple of centimetres outside of the area of the bumper, as it is easier to remove excess once the bumper has been stuck, than to try to stick the bumper where a bit of the adhesive was missing.
ALLOW THE GLUE TO DRY FOR AT LEAST 4 HOURS
Using the hot air gun gently warm the adhesive on the end of the boat. Do not over heat it but get the boat up to a nice gentle warmth. Next heat the bumper quickly and put the hot air gun down. Using two hands align the middle of the bumper up with the mid-line mark on the boat and push firmly. Do not worry about the edges at the moment. Wrap the bumper around the end making sure to keep the alignment correct. Push the sides of the bumper on firmly making sure all is uniform and even on both sides. Now working from the centre out push the edges firmly on the boat making sure you get a good firm seal.
Finally remove any excess glue by warming the surface and rubbing it off. It should come off quite easily. Be careful not to damage the edges where the bumper is attached to the boat.