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bjw444
06-26-2013, 11:16 PM
What do you all recommend to use to clean the bilge? Mine is heavily oiled from a old oil leak?

clrussell
06-26-2013, 11:37 PM
Some say laundry detergent, I used castrol super clean.. Just put plug in add some water, pour in cleaner and go drive around town for a while. Worked pretty good for me

bigmac
06-27-2013, 12:35 AM
Yep, 8 or 10 gallons of water and some Simple Green, Dawn... whatever biodegradeable degreaser you prefer. Let it slosh around on the road awhile, drain responsibly.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-27-2013, 12:51 AM
Containing the water and pouring it into a laundry sink will get to the water treatment plant. In theory, so will the drain at a self service car wash.

maxpower220
06-27-2013, 10:31 AM
I have used a combo of water, simply green and "bilge cleaner" from walmart. Pour it in, drive to the car wash and drain. Use some pressure water and cleaner, rinse and be done.

catamount
06-27-2013, 10:42 AM
I've heard that LA's Totally Awesome ($1 at Dollar Tree) is the bomb in a bilge. I haven't tried it yet.

mikeg205
06-27-2013, 10:52 AM
^^^+1 - And another +1 doing at self car wash.. they have to capture oily residue in their drains I believe... I know you can get a fine for having soapy water come out of you bridge while on water...but oil residue coming out of your bilge is not good either... Totally Awesome Cleaner and Dawn do not have Phospates - so no promoting of algae growth from that. here's the msds for Totally awsome cleaner... http://apps.wku.edu/sds/uploads/docs/8095.pdf

BARE5
06-27-2013, 11:28 AM
I had the worst bilge. 1 bottle of totally awesome and 1 bottle of purple degreaser. Drove around for 15, drained into bucket, rinsed, dried . Spotless now.

bturner2
06-27-2013, 01:34 PM
I typically will throw a couple shots of dish soap in throughout the summer. Keeps everything in good shape.

FrankSchwab
06-27-2013, 02:07 PM
+1 on soapy water in the bilge and a nice drive. I find that spending another 10 minutes with a sponge or small towel and wiping over all the bilge surfaces leaves everything nice and shiny and looking better.
At least until the next time I use the boat.

mikeg205
06-27-2013, 02:34 PM
+1 on soapy water in the bilge and a nice drive. I find that spending another 10 minutes with a sponge or small towel and wiping over all the bilge surfaces leaves everything nice and shiny and looking better.
At least until the next time I use the boat.

^^^ +1 - points for MCOCD... don't forget to wax the bilge too.. ;)

bjw444
06-28-2013, 04:01 AM
Ya I'm going to get on that tomorrow. I think I need a combo of every thing that was said to get mine clean... Haha I'll keep ya posted.

GoneBoatN
06-28-2013, 10:54 AM
If it needs a good scrubbing: on an old boat I used a toilet brush duck taped to a short pole so that I could scrub in places I could not otherwise reach. That boat looked like the PO did not clean the bilge in 15 years.

BARE5
06-28-2013, 10:48 PM
Combinations work great too. Key is to let it agitate in the bilge.

uplander
06-28-2013, 10:56 PM
I have noticed that the center KGB bag is slimy so I would assume using some simple green on it would help. I have a feeing the bilge has never been cleaned.

XavierSPL
07-01-2013, 08:46 PM
I dont think the bilge in my last boat had EVER been cleaned out until I had it, made several attempts with all the previous mentioned stuff, decided to try some engine degreaser and it worked like a charm.. tested on a small area first of course then let the foam stay on for 10-15mins before rinsing off..

deminimis
07-12-2013, 04:33 PM
My bilge smells like someone stuffed a dead hooker down there. Good tip on the Totally Awesome. I'll give that a go.

pbgbottle
07-12-2013, 06:44 PM
My 1988 tristar bilge is spotless ,
wipe it out after every trip. Lol

supreme112279
07-19-2013, 11:16 PM
I poured a 5 gallon of purple power and added water. Went for a long ride to the gas station. came back. drained. filled with water with hose and drained again......pretty now

mikeg205
07-20-2013, 12:07 AM
I poured a 5 gallon of purple power and added water. Went for a long ride to the gas station. came back. drained. filled with water with hose and drained again......pretty now

;) - you need to post pictures.. ;) - Just look at my float switch... ;)

supreme112279
07-20-2013, 12:16 AM
very nice!!!

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
07-20-2013, 12:42 AM
;) - you need to post pictures.. ;) - Just look at my float switch... ;)

Yeah, but those lines are a mess ;)

Grant777
07-20-2013, 05:15 AM
My bilge smells like someone stuffed a dead hooker down there. Good tip on the Totally Awesome. I'll give that a go.

And you would know this how?

charrison327
07-20-2013, 07:57 AM
Yeah, but those lines are a mess ;)

what's the best thing to clean the lines and hoses with??

bjw444
07-22-2013, 11:23 AM
Ok well I cleaned it with purple power and engine degreaser. Looked really good then next trip out timing cover gasket blew out and shot 4 quarts of oil in the bilge. Luckily I realized this before any damage to motor occurred.... Pulled the engine at 9am Sunday fixed it and reinstalled by 2pm... Now my only problem is my bilge looks like the Bp oil spill....

Can't win.. Haha

Oh we'll time for more purple power... Gallons of it.

bjw444
07-22-2013, 11:31 AM
Here are pics

bjw444
07-22-2013, 11:32 AM
More pics

neil.anderson63
07-22-2013, 11:43 AM
My bilge smells like someone stuffed a dead hooker down there. Good tip on the Totally Awesome. I'll give that a go.

Nice shot!! Extra points for dead hooker reference. I threw some KABOOM in the bilge, worked great. I love the fact that I get to use products with names like KABOOM and Totally Awesome to clean my boat.

mikeg205
07-22-2013, 02:29 PM
And you would know this how?

we ever get an answer to this? ;)