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Huskie05
03-31-2011, 12:48 PM
what are you all using to clean the boat up after you get out of the water?
in the past, we used half water/vinegar.... thoughts?
thanks....

flipper
03-31-2011, 12:52 PM
Babes products work well for me. The service is great also

JohnE
03-31-2011, 12:58 PM
Lots of vinegar/ water users here. I use speed shine from Griots. But I don't always wipe it down when I take it out of the water.

nmcjr
03-31-2011, 01:05 PM
This year I switched to Driven, which is sold in a concentrate and makes a gallon, so the price is great. So far I like their products, but only time will tell as far as spots go.

flipper
03-31-2011, 01:06 PM
Hot Sauce is another product I've heard good things about

HMF007
03-31-2011, 01:08 PM
Vinegar/water is the key. If you want, hit it with babes spray wax after. Then once a season I use Fleetwax. The boat looks like the first day I got it. Crappy phone pic.

east tx skier
03-31-2011, 01:38 PM
Damp towel here.

If water spots are a problem, vinegar/water works well. But you'll need to wax more regularly.

GoneBoatN
03-31-2011, 01:56 PM
I tried vinegar/water but honestly can not stand the smell. So I switched to Babes.

Kevin@MWMC
03-31-2011, 02:25 PM
Babes spray wax every time she comes out of the water. Works great, keeps a nice, clean shine all year.

ntidsl
03-31-2011, 02:33 PM
I hose down with clean water and a microfiber rag, then spray the whole boat down with Rat Juice gloss and dry with the same microfiber rag. Smells great, shines great. Once a month I hose down and use Rat Juice spray on wax...spray the whole boat down then rub in and off with microfiber rag, smells even better!!! I'm in dirty river water so I have to hose down at least first though, you lucky bums who dont have to do that!!! Never had water spots though, maybe that the tradeoff.

I have nothing bad to say about Babe's (used it for years), I think Rat Juice produces a bit more shine and smells better though.

ntidsl
03-31-2011, 02:36 PM
hey that was my 1000th post...have to include a pic!!!

x-swagger
03-31-2011, 02:56 PM
Any of you guys have a link to the proper Babe's Spray Wax to order? I just bought a black X-45 and will need all the help I can get keeping it water spot free in the hot NM sun..

Cmpdman
03-31-2011, 02:56 PM
I've tried Ducky, Vinager/water combination & Babes. I like Babes when it's on the trailer. If I'm on a lake for a long time (> day) like lake powell, I'll have my kids wipe it down with Ducky while it's in the water - takes 5 mins. The last boat was black/red. The black was fun to keep clean.

I wipe the boat after every use and wax a few times a year. :)

fstaslp
03-31-2011, 03:01 PM
We use Meguirers Quick Wax Spray every night it comes out. This is on a Black and tan 99 Maristar

sand2snow22
03-31-2011, 03:02 PM
Haven't tried Ducky, but I've tried Babes, Driven, Water/Vinegar, etc.

Babes smells the best, but Hot Sauce works the BEST. Better at removing water spots, leaves a better shine!!! There is currently a group buy on themalibucrew.com......

pkskier
03-31-2011, 03:03 PM
Babe's is great, use it every time the boat comes out of the water.

HMF007
03-31-2011, 03:06 PM
Here is the babes click. Alsmost hit the firewall on the work computer when I searched "babes" in google.

http://www.babesboats.com/prodBoatBright.php

CardenFam
03-31-2011, 03:26 PM
Just got my bucket of babes not to long ago. I havent had a chance to use it on the outside but the seat soap and seat saver seem to work great.

Willski
03-31-2011, 03:39 PM
Water and a towel. Did it for 13 years on the old boat...no problems. Rarely waxed either. Keeping the boat inside helps alot.

JDJ_205
03-31-2011, 04:10 PM
Any ideas for a boat that is going to be on a lift for the summer?

I cleaned / waxed it at the end of last year and the boat has been in the garage all winter. Should I wax again this spring before I put it in the water?

So two questions I guess.

1. Should I wax the boat again this spring given that I did it last fall?

2. Is there any remedies to keeping the boat clean while being on a lift (w/ a canpoy)? I will practice the drying off after every use but not sure what products are safe on the lake. I want to be eco-friendly!

JDJ_205
03-31-2011, 04:11 PM
Nice looking boat ntidsl!

flipper
03-31-2011, 04:36 PM
Any ideas for a boat that is going to be on a lift for the summer?

I cleaned / waxed it at the end of last year and the boat has been in the garage all winter. Should I wax again this spring before I put it in the water?

So two questions I guess.

1. Should I wax the boat again this spring given that I did it last fall?

2. Is there any remedies to keeping the boat clean while being on a lift (w/ a canpoy)? I will practice the drying off after every use but not sure what products are safe on the lake. I want to be eco-friendly!

I'm pretty sure most of the products are going to be eco friendly being that they are being put on a boat that will be in the water. I wax once a year, and use babes everytime after use. With that combo, what ever gets on the boat wipes right off.

jamica joe
03-31-2011, 04:40 PM
Here is the babes click. Alsmost hit the firewall on the work computer when I searched "babes" in google.

http://www.babesboats.com/prodBoatBright.php


Are you using the babes on your skins as well??

GT500 MC
03-31-2011, 04:48 PM
Are you using the babes on your skins as well??

I'm pretty careful with what I use on my "skins"....

flipper
03-31-2011, 04:54 PM
Are you using the babes on your skins as well??

Babes has products just for the skins, or I use 303 on them. Both are good products

Sodar
03-31-2011, 05:05 PM
I make my own concoction of 1 Part Blue Mist (http://www.pacificprodux.com/BlueMistFinalWipe-idv-82-15.html) to 1 part Distilled White Vinegar.

I get 2 gallons of product for ~$20 and it works better than any product I have tried... Including Babes.

ski/hunt
03-31-2011, 05:39 PM
Wax at first of season then wipe down's with sham-wow which is my favorite on board towel great on the seats when the kids are in and out even have them sit on one at first--they do absorb tons of water ring out easy and dry fast!

2RLAKE
03-31-2011, 10:46 PM
Wash it down with lake water each weekend once it's back on the lift for good, then either Babes or Meguirers ... That silver metal flake still shines. I wax it at least twice a years too

Wish I could add a smily face

SunCoast 83
03-31-2011, 10:52 PM
What is this "Babes"?....does anybody have a pic of it? thanks

coz
03-31-2011, 10:54 PM
Lots of vinegar/ water users here. I use speed shine from Griots. But I don't always wipe it down when I take it out of the water.

Arizona hard water baked on a black boat at 110 degrees...white vinegar is the only thing that will completely remove the spots.

sand2snow22
03-31-2011, 11:29 PM
What is this "Babes"?....does anybody have a pic of it? thanks

Their products are good:

http://www.babesboats.com/prodBoatBright.php

JohnE
04-01-2011, 12:36 AM
Their products are good:

http://www.babesboats.com/prodBoatBright.php

Ive used the seat soap for 5 years. Never tried the rest but might soon. Seat soap works well

sand2snow22
04-01-2011, 12:44 AM
Ive used the seat soap for 5 years. Never tried the rest but might soon. Seat soap works well

Yeah, probably one of my favorite. Never used the odor one. Spot saver works well, smells like vinegar, try not to inhale. (Ask Erk, used an entire bottle on that 07 X2 that was moored. Cleaned about 1/2 the hull before I had to switch to a heavy duty hull cleaner nasty, nasty fumes). Have to rinse it off and follow up with boat bright or wax. Never used the boot butter, I'm sure it works. Boat bubbles works well.

Bucket of Babe's is a pretty good deal. Found best price at Idaho Watersports.

TheWoons
04-30-2012, 10:25 PM
Anyone here use these products and have any opinions?

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/RWoon/Lake/photo-1.jpg

93Prostar190
04-30-2012, 10:37 PM
Big fan of hot sauce, use it during my wipe down on every trip.

Lakeside09
04-30-2012, 11:36 PM
Boat Bling is awesome!... I would highly recommend all of their products!

sand2snow22
05-01-2012, 12:23 AM
Big fan of hot sauce, not so much vinyl sauce. It works, but vapors kill me. I like Babes seat soap better...

TheWoons
05-01-2012, 12:34 AM
Glad to hear people like it. I met with the owner of the company today and got some product. Going to probably get setup as a dealer for them and hook some people up :) I'll get to test it out this week for the first time on our new 2012 X-25

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh295/RWoon/Lake/DSC_2313.jpg

BrooksfamX2
05-01-2012, 12:42 AM
Has anyone used the vinyl sauce to remove the cover stains on the upholstery? Did it work?

sand2snow22
05-01-2012, 12:57 AM
Has anyone used the vinyl sauce to remove the cover stains on the upholstery? Did it work?

No. Good old UV rays should work! One trip to shasta and I bet they are gone!

BrooksfamX2
05-01-2012, 01:10 AM
No. Good old UV rays should work! One trip to shasta and I bet they are gone!

Well, they should be gone pretty soon then......:)

bhasser
05-01-2012, 06:27 PM
How does this stuff compare to Babes?

ttu
05-01-2012, 06:29 PM
How does this stuff compare to Babes?

i like babe's seat cleaner better but the hot sauce in my opinion works much better than babes. removes water spots the first time and leaves a nice finish.

now shipping is a whole another issue!!!:rolleyes:

Sodar
05-01-2012, 06:39 PM
I used to use Boat Bling, but after a lot of reading on the topic was told that it was just a mixture of Pacific Produx Blue Mist Detailing Mist (http://www.pacificprodux.com/ZipMistWipe-idv-209-44.html) and vinegar. If this is the total truth, I do not know, but I my sources make the story believable.

So now, I buy a gallon of Blue Mist and a gallon of $3 distilled vinegar to make 2 gallons of spray. I cannot tell a difference between my spray and my buddy's Hot Sauce or Performance Boat Candy.

east tx skier
05-01-2012, 06:43 PM
I just ran out of vinyl protectant and spent some time looking over the various products for the first time in a couple of years. I settled on Vinylex. I have used it before. It goes on a little greasy, but if you wait 10 minutes and give it another once over with a soft cloth, it smooths out really nice. What's more, the stuff has UV protection of 60 SPF (I think 303 is 40 SPF). Not sure what kind of protection Babe's has, but 60 SPF strikes me as pretty impressive.

Also picked up some Babe's Boat Bright for in between two times annual waxings.

swatguy
05-01-2012, 08:01 PM
I am with ttu, I prefer babes seat soap and seat saver. So I just order babes boat bright as well. I am ashamed to say it but its the smell of the babes that wins me over as well.


The hot sauce is def better cleaner regarding water spots after a long day on the water, but again for me just easierto get all my stuff in one spot. I still use good old vinegar and water over the weekends when my boat is in an out a ton and then finish off Sunday night with the Back Ws boat bright.



If I were to order different stuff and go with what I think is the best here is my take.

-Hot sauce as exterior boat wipe down.
-Exquisite as daily vinyl cleaner
-Malco or Totally Awesome as a deep vinyl cleaner. I prefer the Totally Awesome as it doesn't seem to be as toxic to my nose and hands.
-Babes seat saver as the protectant......303 is just to slimy/ slippery for me and it attracts dust like crazy.



Again tho I prefer to one stop shop si I just grab a load of babes every season. And keep a bottle of Totally Aweome and Vin n Water handy

davidstan
05-01-2012, 08:48 PM
Anyone use Zaino ? Works great on my car and used it last spring on the x2, goes on easy.

east tx skier
05-01-2012, 08:58 PM
Also, for cleaning vinyl, this is what my local dealer uses. I have not used it, but have seen them work magic with it on other boats. Not sure if there is anything better.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-57655682728848_2207_15942793

TheWoons
05-01-2012, 09:25 PM
The issue with vinegar and distilled water is the vinegar strips off all protectants and wax. Hot Sauce does not, it removes water spots, AND it leaves a nice finish with some polymer wax. Carnauba waxes won't stay on a boat splashing around in the water.

93Prostar190
05-01-2012, 09:31 PM
My product stable (although I always seem to monkey around and buy stuff)

During the wipe down, Hot Sauce.
Stubborn water spots, Hot sauce or Babes Spot ... After Babes don't forget the wax.

I also like the Babes Spray wax for periodic application
meguiars quick wax detailed is good too .....

I have really become a fan of hot sauce since the 1st Buckeye Bash, when Calls311 got us all some samples.

bhasser
05-01-2012, 09:58 PM
For what its worth, checked the Malibu thread for the fun of it, the poll was
16 for Hot Sauce
12 for Babes

Looks pretty even to me as they people taking the poll were supposed to have experience with both

LaRue
05-01-2012, 11:10 PM
My product stable (although I always seem to monkey around and buy stuff)

During the wipe down, Hot Sauce.
Stubborn water spots, Hot sauce or Babes Spot ... After Babes don't forget the wax.

I also like the Babes Spray wax for periodic application
meguiars quick wax detailed is good too .....

I have really become a fan of hot sauce since the 1st Buckeye Bash, when Calls311 got us all some samples.

Are you saying Babes Spot Solver removes wax??

93Prostar190
05-01-2012, 11:14 PM
Are you saying Babes Spot Solver removes wax??

I believe it does ... They recommend using their wax after use to protect.


78279

BrooksfamX2
05-01-2012, 11:41 PM
Anyone use Zaino ? Works great on my car and used it last spring on the x2, goes on easy.

I've used Zaino on my cars. Stuff works great.......:)

calls311
05-02-2012, 09:46 PM
My product stable (although I always seem to monkey around and buy stuff)

During the wipe down, Hot Sauce.
Stubborn water spots, Hot sauce or Babes Spot ... After Babes don't forget the wax.

I also like the Babes Spray wax for periodic application
meguiars quick wax detailed is good too .....

I have really become a fan of hot sauce since the 1st Buckeye Bash, when Calls311 got us all some samples.

Patrick the Hot Sauce guru is a good dude and the Hot Sauce can't be beat for gel coat luvin'

I still like good old Spray Nine followed with 303 on the vinyl though.

Let' get upside down this weekend!

93Prostar190
05-02-2012, 10:59 PM
Patrick the Hot Sauce guru is a good dude and the Hot Sauce can't be beat for gel coat luvin'

I still like good old Spray Nine followed with 303 on the vinyl though.

Let' get upside down this weekend!

We should reach out again for some small bottles for Buckeye Bash ... You converted at least 3 or 4 of us!

MattsCraft
05-03-2012, 09:16 AM
I was going to order some for the season, like $20 bucks a quart and $45 a gallon. Probably hit the water at least once a week during the season May to October, how much do I need, gallon seems to make the most sense.

Anybody ever try a group buy to get a discount? Price direct and a few other places Overtons etc. are consitent.

TheWoons
05-03-2012, 03:21 PM
If we can get enough people to do a group buy I will get it done. Patrick is dropping off my first order with them next week.

mwg
05-03-2012, 03:47 PM
If we can get enough people to do a group buy I will get it done. Patrick is dropping off my first order with them next week.

Definitely count me in for a group buy..

I ordered some Quickie Sauce from Overtons this week to see how well it works. I started to order several items directly from Boat Bling but the shipping rates were a little steep for me; Overtons had free ship with no minimum order but they don't carry Hot Sauce.

MattsCraft
05-03-2012, 04:20 PM
If we can get enough people to do a group buy I will get it done. Patrick is dropping off my first order with them next week.

Count me in, seems to make sense to buy by the gallon!

bcd
05-03-2012, 08:54 PM
I ordered from Overton's for the same shipping cost reason. It just got here tonight, and yes they do carry hot sauce, I just got it.

Todd X14
05-03-2012, 09:29 PM
count me in for a gallon as well.

cdevro
05-03-2012, 11:16 PM
Hot sauce also does wonders on the tower and other interior metal parts! Best product out there.

east tx skier
05-03-2012, 11:28 PM
Anybody ever try BTS. I hear good things and, due to a shipping error, have a lot of it headed my way.

swatguy
05-04-2012, 01:20 AM
I am in for a gallon if we are doing a Hot Sauce group buy

TheWoons
05-04-2012, 03:26 AM
What's the best way to get this group by organized and done?

How much were you guys paying for shipping before buying direct?

bhasser
05-06-2012, 10:38 AM
I'd take a gallon of the hot sauce

bret
05-06-2012, 01:45 PM
I use Vinylex for protection...since 1998. If, if someone gets something on any of our boats, Foaming scrubbing bubbles followed by water - dry - vinylex.

http://gallery.rennlist.com/gallery/Ski/IMGP0008?full=1

http://gallery.rennlist.com/gallery/Ski/247master1

east tx skier
05-06-2012, 08:35 PM
I use Vinylex for protection...since 1998. If, if someone gets something on any of our boats, Foaming scrubbing bubbles followed by water - dry - vinylex.

http://gallery.rennlist.com/albums/Ski/IMGP0008.sized.jpg

http://gallery.rennlist.com/albums/Ski/247master1.sized.jpg

Just got a fresh bottle myself.

Mastercraft13
04-03-2013, 10:01 AM
Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on this one. When you pull the boat out of the water at the end of the day, does anyone use any type of product to wipe the boat down to remove any waterline or stains? I have just used a towel and occasionally hit the hull with some simple green.

ttu
04-03-2013, 10:03 AM
doesn't simple green remove the wax?

i used to use babes boat bright but now i use a product called hot sauce.

shepherd
04-03-2013, 10:07 AM
My wife just wipes the boat down with a towel. If she's not there, I do it myself :(

pmkkdx
04-03-2013, 10:10 AM
I used to just towel dry, but have recently started using a simple 4 to 1 mixture of distilled water & vinegar in a spray bottle which cuts any lime & hard water spotting. Merely fog a bit and then towel off, leaves it spotless.

Double D
04-03-2013, 10:22 AM
I mostly just towel it off but sometimes I use Rat Juice, which I know other people use all the time.

jgraham37128
04-03-2013, 10:29 AM
I use a micro fiber towel and Spray Wax each time. Keeps the boat slick as a button!

TxsRiverRat
04-03-2013, 10:34 AM
I used to just towel dry, but have recently started using a simple 4 to 1 mixture of distilled water & vinegar in a spray bottle which cuts any lime & hard water spotting. Merely fog a bit and then towel off, leaves it spotless.

I was using a 50/50 mix... Kyle jumped all over me saying that would remove the wax...

sometimes I use Rat Juice,.

That's just nasty :D

Rockman
04-03-2013, 10:38 AM
We use mixture of 75% vinegar and 25% water. Spray it on and wipe off with a damp towel.

Then go over boat with a damp towel (water only) and then dry with another towel.



Go wax job at the beginning of the season and you should not have any issues with this method.

02ProstarSammyD
04-03-2013, 10:39 AM
We wipe down with towels and use a spray detailer outside. Inside just wipe down

I was using a 50/50 mix... Kyle jumped all over me saying that would remove the wax...


That was my understanding as well. I use fleetwax so I'm not using anything that makes me do that job more than 1 or 2x

erervin
04-03-2013, 10:41 AM
I spray the boat down with Lucas Oil's Slick Mist and wipe it dry. Great stuff!

wakeX2wake
04-03-2013, 10:42 AM
i use some kind of spray wax (turtle?) about every other trip... on the trailer i just spray it down then go back and wipe it down... i've never needed to buff the hull as it gets done often... only cleaning i'm left with is vacuuming and seats throughout the year and the tower polish once per year

LaRue
04-03-2013, 10:51 AM
Hot Sauce and a towel wipe down each time out of the water.

TxsRiverRat
04-03-2013, 10:58 AM
I do know my boat is so nicely waxed right now, its only a matter of time before i slip off the side and bust arse! I'll be working hard to not earn the dreaded broken ski award :D

BrooksfamX2
04-03-2013, 11:02 AM
Towel wipe down and Meguiars Quick Detailer Spray.

http://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Quik-Detailer-Mist-Spray/dp/B0009IQXAE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364997676&sr=8-1&keywords=Meguiars+Quick+Detailer+Spray

Beg4wake
04-03-2013, 11:17 AM
Babes boat bright works well for me so far.

98Prostar205
04-03-2013, 11:18 AM
babe's boat brite and microfiber towels. smells good and keeps the boat looking great!

JRW160
04-03-2013, 11:19 AM
Most of the time I just wipe it down with a towel, but I use a 3:1 water and vinegar mix sometimes.

Meeker
04-03-2013, 11:24 AM
Babes for me. Really makes a difference once you have a good base of product down. My previous boat, I didn't use any product, just a towel and water. Started using babes and ease of wipe down compared to just water was huge. No more water spots and a slick finish.

jmorone
04-03-2013, 11:25 AM
Microfiber towel and a carnuba spray wax such as Mothers. If water spots become an issue, I use water/vinegar mix, usually 3:1. I wipe the boat down everytime out of the water, so I don't have any water spot issues.

onewheat
04-03-2013, 12:10 PM
Speed Shine (http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/speed+shine.do?sortby=ourPicks) from Griot's Garage and a microfiber when it comes out of the water.

GoneBoatN
04-03-2013, 12:11 PM
Once around to boat with just a towel to dry. Second time around the boat with Babes Boat Brite and a microfiber towel.

itch2ski
04-03-2013, 12:17 PM
I have tried several different products (Mothers, Meguiars, Turtle Wax, Lucas, etc.) and what I have found works best is a mix of 25% vinegar, 25% Eagle One spray wax, 50% water. Vinegar takes off the water spots, wax keeps the colors deep and the gel slick and shiny, water keeps it cheap!

I hear this is a similar concoction to the hot sauce, I haven't tried it because I'm not willing to pay so much for it.

LaRue
04-03-2013, 01:03 PM
^^^ check out Overtons Gallon price on Hot Sauce. Enter the code freeshipping and you are paying essentially the same for a gallon of Babes Boat Bright and far less per ounce than the 16oz bottles. Hot Sauce has a stronger vinegar smell but it seems to remove hard water spots better and adds wax during each use.

TxsRiverRat
04-03-2013, 01:39 PM
subscribed

Hogwild
04-04-2013, 07:51 PM
Anyone just tried using spray on rain x?

orbeamlb
04-04-2013, 08:36 PM
Babes Boat Bright here. Mist the whole boat if I have help or one side at a time if I'm flying solo then wipe it down with a cotton bath towel.

holms
04-04-2013, 08:50 PM
meguiar's express wax D15601 (gal) X2000 drying towel...

LittleFuss
04-04-2013, 09:33 PM
We use Meguirers Quick Wax Spray every night it comes out. This is on a Black and tan 99 Maristar

Meguirer's Mist & Wipe...I usually use it after I havep used a shammy to get water off the hull....

thinking of trying the vinegar & water...However given that good boat owners should have a coat of wax on their boat already and wax is an organic lipid and vinegar an organic acid I am not so sure the wax is not being solubilized by the acetic acid...thats just my initial thought I will check my chemistry on that???

LittleFuss
04-04-2013, 09:42 PM
OK did some research. let the chemistry teacher how it is..

The vinegar is very useful in getting rid of hard water spots, b/c the acetic acid dissolves the alkaline salts on contact..However, the acetic acid can remove any coatings of wax that may be on the hull...However, being that if you mixed it yourself the vinegar used only contained ~3% accetic acid, and if you dilute it in water 1:1 then you are looking at only 1.5% acetic acid...pretty weak so if you are an MCOCD like me you are going to end up waxing again pretty soon...So i would just use the vinegar mix to get out pesky water spots..:o

Hogwild
04-05-2013, 12:25 AM
If u guys are looking around for anything else and can combine shipping to save costs jms online marine supply has hot sauce for $35. I bought some anchor line so shipping wasnt bad

JDJ_205
04-09-2013, 02:44 PM
I keep my MC on a lift from May to October - wipe down at the end of each weekend with Babe's Boat Bright. Keeps the boat looking great - no water marks, water lines, etc.

Not cheap but worth every penny in my mind.

cdh11
04-09-2013, 08:53 PM
I use Speed Gloss by Performance Boat Candy. I wipe mine down after every use, and sometimes before we go out depending on how long its been and if it was stored outside or inside. It was the first brand I tried when we got the boat last year and it worked awesome so I stuck with it.

Also, Tim, the owner was super helpful with me a couple weeks ago and went the extra mile so I don't mind supporting people like him. He truly cares that his products work.

grizzly
04-10-2013, 11:00 PM
IMO Babes is hands down the best!! I use the boat bright after every tour.

cdevro
04-20-2013, 11:46 AM
For the Hot Sauce fans (and those who will change their minds) You can get 20% off and free standard (US 48) shipping on All Boat Bling products @ www.onthewaterstore.com. Enter Code: MasterCraft at check out. PM me with any questions or special orders!

BriEOD
04-20-2013, 07:16 PM
Another vote for Babes!

AZDave
04-20-2013, 07:39 PM
Ducky works pretty good. Leaves a residue that is wax-like. Removes hard water stains. Vinylex is the best I have used on my interior. I have a lot of Ducky left, but when that runs out, I will try Hot Sauce. (Went to Vinlyex when I ran out of 303)

PowerTrip
05-01-2014, 10:57 AM
After you guys pull up the launch ramp from loading boats, do you just wipe down the boat with towels, or do you use any kind of solution to help protect the finish?

I have a friend, that has a mixture he keeps in a small pump lawn sprayer and sprays his boat down after every use......but I wanted to see what the MCDOCD Crowd uses.

Miss Rita
05-01-2014, 11:00 AM
One lake I go to has amazingly clean water, a simple wipe down works great. The other lake isn't so pristine. When I go there I use a 50% solution of vinegar water to remove water spots.

blackhawk
05-01-2014, 11:30 AM
I use Meguiar's Marine #52.

Fletchx7
05-01-2014, 11:34 AM
I use Lucas Oil Slick Mist.

pmkkdx
05-01-2014, 12:02 PM
I'm similar to Miss Rita with just wiping down immediately upon coming out of some lakes but others in our area have a lot more calcium/lime/minerals in the water that a mere wipe down doesn't work so well. I have a simple bottle sprayer (finger trigger) that I have a 1/4 mixture of water and vinegar that I spray with one hand while wiping down with the other hand ... only takes about 5 minutes to do the entire boat.

H2OSKEE
05-01-2014, 12:08 PM
Does spraying it with vinegar and water strip off the wax?

ttu
05-01-2014, 12:12 PM
we are on a pretty clear lake but i always wipe everything down with either babes, hot sauce or boat candy speed gloss. always looks great that way and keeps hard water spots down.

hot sauce is probably the best i have found for hard water spots but boat candy smells so good!:D

east tx skier
05-01-2014, 12:14 PM
Babe's boat bright unless we're boating in Ozarka.

Nashville Boatin'
05-01-2014, 12:18 PM
we are on a pretty clear lake but i always wipe everything down with either babes, hot sauce or boat candy speed gloss. always looks great that way and keeps hard water spots down.

hot sauce is probably the best i have found for hard water spots but boat candy smells so good!:D
I second the Hot Sauce, it looks and smells great. I'm actually a fan of the whole Boat Bling line, especially the Vinyl Sauce and Conditioning Sauce.

lashburn1
05-01-2014, 12:18 PM
^^^
Something with Vinegar in it?
We use HOT SAUCE , it has some wax in it too.... pricey, But it helps keep the Boat looking great and Goes a pretty long way on a bottle.....
We have Hard TAP water too, so I use it on Boat ,RV and Cars when drying...

cbryan70
05-01-2014, 01:35 PM
Cam are you still using the blue mist?

TheWoons
05-01-2014, 01:36 PM
Hot Sauce all the way

etduc
05-01-2014, 02:21 PM
Does spraying it with vinegar and water strip off the wax?
Yep. Go back a couple of pages, for the long version answer.

bamabonners
05-01-2014, 03:05 PM
Bass boat saver is awesome stuff. I don't endorse products, but I will say this stuff works excellent. I even use it on my truck....

bassboatsaver.com

Sodar
05-01-2014, 03:07 PM
Cam are you still using the blue mist?

Yes. I've lightened up on the vinegar, thought and now do 2/3's blue mist and 1/3 distilled vinegar.

I use the Blue Mist to wipe down my truck a few nights a week after I get home from work. It works awesome.

clrussell
05-01-2014, 03:24 PM
Subscribing to read later..

DHPRO
05-01-2014, 04:16 PM
What happened to the group buy?

Snipe
05-01-2014, 05:54 PM
Damp towel here.

If water spots are a problem, vinegar/water works well. But you'll need to wax more regularly.

I'm with "tx" here. I use a terry cloth or microfiber cloth that stays in the boat for only one reason. Wipe down. After that I would back up a few steps with a :toast: and admire the view.

jgraham37128
05-01-2014, 06:00 PM
Auto Magic Hydro Shine with a wet microfiber towel. Works great!

WakeWise
05-01-2014, 09:56 PM
We use Babe's boat Brite outside and 303 protectant inside for everything, every time the boat comes out of the water. SPF for the upholstery. 303 fabric guard for the Bimini and carpet twice a year. http://www.303products.com/

WakeWise

eurosysytem0
05-02-2014, 05:03 AM
This thread is really interesting, I am in UK I have a 2005 X7 with an all black hull. Water spots are a nightmare all over the boat but particularly on the top surfaces. Its a fresh water lake but quite a high calcium/limescale content.The boat is on a lift when not in use.
The products you are referring to like Babes and Rat Juice are not available over here.
I polish it once maybe twice a year with a product called Mer which is sold for cars boats etc.
The use of water and vinegar intrigues me. I know that using water/vinegar on house windows when cleaning stops smearing etc. When used on a boat after skiing, is it just the same effect ie. Cleans the boat and dries out leaving no smears or droplets and then avoids water marks or does the application of water/vinegar have an "after effect" for the next session in the water.

What sort of mix do you use. ( ie. Percentage vinegar to water?

Tony Webb
05-02-2014, 08:12 AM
Very happy with Boat Candy Speed Gloss, I like there vinyl cleaner also...

jbkriss
05-02-2014, 01:52 PM
This thread is really interesting, I am in UK I have a 2005 X7 with an all black hull. Water spots are a nightmare all over the boat but particularly on the top surfaces. Its a fresh water lake but quite a high calcium/limescale content.The boat is on a lift when not in use.
The products you are referring to like Babes and Rat Juice are not available over here.
I polish it once maybe twice a year with a product called Mer which is sold for cars boats etc.
The use of water and vinegar intrigues me. I know that using water/vinegar on house windows when cleaning stops smearing etc. When used on a boat after skiing, is it just the same effect ie. Cleans the boat and dries out leaving no smears or droplets and then avoids water marks or does the application of water/vinegar have an "after effect" for the next session in the water.

What sort of mix do you use. ( ie. Percentage vinegar to water?

I'm in South Florida and all the fresh water here has limestone around it so lots of spots. I used a 3 part cleaning solution- one vinegar to one water to one CLR/Lime Away. Works extremely well if you can get your hands on some CLR or Lime-Away over there.

eurosysytem0
05-02-2014, 02:50 PM
I'm in South Florida and all the fresh water here has limestone around it so lots of spots. I used a 3 part cleaning solution- one vinegar to one water to one CLR/Lime Away. Works extremely well if you can get your hands on some CLR or Lime-Away over there.
jbkriss: thanks for taking the time to respond. Does it just clean off the exixting spots and/or offer any protection against the next lot of spots
regards

uplander
05-02-2014, 11:59 PM
I want simple so the hot sauce looks like a good choice