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bjw444 06-26-2013 11:16 PM

Cleaning the bilge?
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...

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.

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