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Old 09-02-2009, 08:49 AM
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Cleaning hull

Just bought a used boat. Upholstery and side gel coat are in great shape. The bottom of the hull has some water spotting/stains, particularly back where it sits on the trailer. Regular wax takes most of it off but takes too much effort. Any suggestions for something that would get this off easier?
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:56 AM
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Just bought a used boat. Upholstery and side gel coat are in great shape. The bottom of the hull has some water spotting/stains, particularly back where it sits on the trailer. Regular wax takes most of it off but takes too much effort. Any suggestions for something that would get this off easier?
An acid wash will do it. Get some MaryKate On-Off, or better yet (IMHO) some SlimeyGrimey (milder).
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:18 AM
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I've used toilet bowl cleaner (acid wash) for years. It doesn't harm the gel or decals (so far). Takes off everything but scratches and oxidation with very little effort. Warning, if you have a concrete drive, keep it good and wet, or it'll etch your concrete.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:17 PM
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Starbrite makes a hull cleaner that works well (acid wash). SkiDog suggests using a pump up sprayer, which I'll 2nd.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:48 AM
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:19 AM
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-303 Shower Shield - 16 oz
Are you using the Shower Shield on the hull to prevent water spots?
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:51 AM
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I used the MaryKate On/Off stuff for the first time this year (had used Starbrite and West Marine stuff previously). I was VERY pleased with the results, best cleaner I've ever used. My boat sits in the lake all summer, this stuff took all the water spots and algae off with very limited scrubbing. $14.99 at West Marine right now, worth every penny. Get yourself a mask and rubber gloves before using it, its strong stuff.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:59 AM
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I used the MaryKate On/Off stuff for the first time this year (had used Starbrite and West Marine stuff previously). I was VERY pleased with the results, best cleaner I've ever used. My boat sits in the lake all summer, this stuff took all the water spots and algae off with very limited scrubbing. $14.99 at West Marine right now, worth every penny. Get yourself a mask and rubber gloves before using it, its strong stuff.
On-Off is a very effective acid cleaner. I used it for years until I switched to Slimey Grimey (more dilute). I have found that to do just as good a job as On-Off without the need for protective gear, damage to the trailer, damage to aluminum (windshield frame), or etching of the concrete.
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:06 AM
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On-Off is a very effective acid cleaner. I used it for years until I switched to Slimey Grimey (more dilute). I have found that to do just as good a job as On-Off without the need for protective gear, damage to the trailer, damage to aluminum (windshield frame), or etching of the concrete.
I'll have to give that one a try next year. Thanks for the info bigmac.
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:42 PM
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We've been using Zip Away this year, it is safe to get on your skin AND cleans your boat. Not quite as strong as an acid wash, but much easier to use and non-toxic. After using it on more than a few boats I would recommend it.

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