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JohnnyB
05-22-2006, 10:52 PM
What do you use to wipe down your boat after taking it out of the water?

erkoehler
05-22-2006, 10:53 PM
I usually wipe it down with vinegar and water mixture.

86Craft
05-22-2006, 10:58 PM
The towels that we used to dry off with, in the left hand, and an iced down miller lite in the right hand. Just one though, as we still have to drive home.
This plan of attack seems to work the best. :friday:

P-hat_in_Cincy
05-22-2006, 11:15 PM
We wipe down every time. Breaking out the water/vinegar mix depends on the day. If it's late afternoon/evening runs, water spots aren't such a big deal. Early/mid-day 'bakers' burn the water spots in and require a little more power.

SteveO
05-22-2006, 11:20 PM
I carry 2 of the absorbers http://www.theabsorber.com/. They are always ready to go and follow them if needed with a dry towel. They also do a great job removing dirt from other odd spots on the boat.

SKI*MC
05-22-2006, 11:21 PM
where i go, vinigar water is almost the only thing that will take off the water spots.

rodltg2
05-22-2006, 11:25 PM
quick clean marine

Laurel_Lake_Skier
05-22-2006, 11:26 PM
An old soft towel seems to work well.

6ballsisall
05-22-2006, 11:29 PM
Vinegar and water combo and then wiped down with an absorber towel EVERY time.

ski_king
05-22-2006, 11:38 PM
I usually use Meguiar’s Quik Detailer (http://www.meguiars.com/?garage-tool-care/Quik-Detailer).

ajgressette
05-23-2006, 04:40 AM
Vinegar and water combo and then wiped down with an absorber towel EVERY time.

What’s the vinegar to water ratio?

sizzler
05-23-2006, 04:51 AM
from the poll....i would suggest 5 parts water to 1 part vinegar...

ntidsl
05-23-2006, 08:23 AM
The absorber rocks...gets it clean and dry with no spots...then I use babes spray wax everywhere...if it looks dirty I wipe it down at the ramp, take it home or to my office and wash it with water and a terry cloth rag, then use the absorber, then babes spray wax!!! I could use the side of my boat for a mirror to shave!!! Its a 2 corona job if i have to get the hose out...if I'm at the club its wipes down with towels and spray wax before I even get out of the boat by fellow members!!!

ksmaristar91
05-23-2006, 09:30 AM
Absorber here, I use DUCKY if i have bad spots, wax it 2-3 times a year, looking into some sort of spray wax. Its a one budlight job if everyone stands around watching me clean it! haha

jlf
05-23-2006, 09:50 AM
wipe down every time, vinegar sort of depends on how hot the sun is and how fast it is baking the water spots on. Almost always use it on the windshield and chrome. Wiping down is a group thing since we don't require gas money or ask for it, we do expect you to grab a towel and help wipe down so our baby looks good for years of enjoyment.

Leroy
05-23-2006, 09:53 AM
I go with 50/50.



What’s the vinegar to water ratio?

Leroy
05-23-2006, 09:55 AM
Does anyone add wax to their vinegar/water mix? Was reading somewhere else and many were doing that with good results.

6ballsisall
05-23-2006, 10:22 AM
What’s the vinegar to water ratio?

5:1 I started with 1:1 (don't know what I was thinking!) and my boat smelled like Long John Silvers!! :rolleyes:

6ballsisall
05-23-2006, 10:23 AM
The absorber rocks...gets it clean and dry with no spots...then I use babes spray wax everywhere...if it looks dirty I wipe it down at the ramp, take it home or to my office and wash it with water and a terry cloth rag, then use the absorber, then babes spray wax!!! I could use the side of my boat for a mirror to shave!!! Its a 2 corona job if i have to get the hose out...if I'm at the club its wipes down with towels and spray wax before I even get out of the boat by fellow members!!!

And thats why your boat is IMMACULATE!! :dance: We using your boat for the Jodi Fisher clinic?

kdr
05-23-2006, 10:42 AM
I use Eagle One's Wax as You Dry. Although lately I've had to break out the FSR and give the boat a full bath since my nieghbor dredged for his boat house.

pkskier
05-23-2006, 11:09 AM
I used the vinegar and water in the past but felt like it not only removed the water spots but also the wax. Switch to Babe's boat bright and really like the finish on the boat, it also smells a lot better than the vinegar.

DanC
05-23-2006, 11:52 AM
Any of the "wax as you dry" products. Eagle is the latest bottle being used. I figure if I am going to run a cloth over the entire boat it might as well be putting something benficial on it. No water spots.

TMCNo1
05-23-2006, 01:49 PM
I use quality motel bath towels, hand towels we get when traveling and have a unspoken policy that when I get a new, clean towel, I give them one of my old ones in return. We also stay in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the same hotel for 35 years and do the clean up on the cars for the owners and they give me towels that have spots or small holes in them and cannot put in the rooms, otherwise they cut them up for housekeeping rags! Keep a couple good ones in the van for wipe down at the ramp, after we load up to come home, then re-wipe after we get home.

88 PS190
05-23-2006, 02:06 PM
http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/rodi_1894_4516914

Don't bother wiping down, we have very clean water, and seldom get deposits, but i use a california water blade to dry it off.

86Craft
05-26-2006, 05:36 PM
http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/rodi_1894_4516914

Don't bother wiping down, we have very clean water, and seldom get deposits, but i use a california water blade to dry it off.

I Like, I like a lot! I need to pick me one of those up. :headbang:

Ric
05-26-2006, 05:57 PM
Mag used to have a chic that would..................... nevermind, let him tellya!

vegashomeexpert
05-27-2006, 01:39 PM
Absorber here, I use DUCKY if i have bad spots, wax it 2-3 times a year, looking into some sort of spray wax. Its a one budlight job if everyone stands around watching me clean it! haha
With our very hard water, Ducky doesn't have enough spunk and at $11 bucks a bottle is expensive. Switched to V & W, way cheaper and way more effective!

bigmac
05-27-2006, 01:50 PM
My boat sits in a boat lift, so wiping the hull down every time it goes out is impractical and unnecessary. I do find it important to wipe down the upholstery with 303 every time out, mainly due to the black crap that comes off the fiberglass swim platform.

tex
05-27-2006, 02:47 PM
Inga works miracles with Vinegar and H2o!

Ryan
05-27-2006, 06:46 PM
I wash the boat with Salt-a-way, use a California blade knock-off then a soft towel; Of course the glass and mirrors get windexed; every time before the boat goes back in the garage.

mhobbs01
06-13-2006, 10:00 AM
I use a chamois at the end of the day. In between trips I use 303, the best stuff ever. My stars and stripes have never looked this good.

Leroy
06-13-2006, 10:29 AM
Ryan; I think may cause cancer in CA! So you are in salt water most of the tiime or brackish?



I wash the boat with Salt-a-way, use a California blade knock-off then a soft towel; Of course the glass and mirrors get windexed; every time before the boat goes back in the garage.

east tx skier
06-13-2006, 11:01 AM
A barely damp towel for wipe down. I only wax about 3 times per year barring unusual circumstances and then, only after I've given the boat a thorough cleaning.