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Old 04-06-2018, 04:15 PM
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Vinegar

Just thought I'd pass along my experience.

Two summers ago I had a bit of organic build up on the bottom of my hull. Tried deoxidizer and it wasn't cutting it. Tried acetone - nothing (works good for black rub rail marks, though). Then I remembered a friend of mine would use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water at the end of a session to wipe the boat down with. So I grabbed a bottle of white vinegar from the pantry and - Voila! Applied it with a sponge with a green scrubby side and some elbow grease and cleaned it right up. Sure I smelt as fresh as a summers eve afterwards, but I didn't have to worry about rushing to the ER if I got any in my eyes, mouth, lungs, or skin.

After this "discovery" I can't even comprehend why anyone would use muratic (hydrochloric) acid. Sure it might take a little more time/effort, but isn't your health and safety more important?
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Old 04-06-2018, 05:32 PM
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Great tip. I will try and see how this works! Thank you!
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Old 04-06-2018, 07:13 PM
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Yes, many manufactures try to disguise white vinegar in their "Snake oil" ~ great for hard water spots, good to know about organic growth too!
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:37 PM
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Just thought I'd pass along my experience.

Two summers ago I had a bit of organic build up on the bottom of my hull. Tried deoxidizer and it wasn't cutting it. Tried acetone - nothing (works good for black rub rail marks, though). Then I remembered a friend of mine would use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water at the end of a session to wipe the boat down with. So I grabbed a bottle of white vinegar from the pantry and - Voila! Applied it with a sponge with a green scrubby side and some elbow grease and cleaned it right up. Sure I smelt as fresh as a summers eve afterwards, but I didn't have to worry about rushing to the ER if I got any in my eyes, mouth, lungs, or skin.

After this "discovery" I can't even comprehend why anyone would use muratic (hydrochloric) acid. Sure it might take a little more time/effort, but isn't your health and safety more important?
I spray the vinegar mixture on the rear each time to keep the spots off(black).....works like a charm. Shamois the rest of it down.
Did it with my jet skis as well when I had them

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Old 04-06-2018, 11:32 PM
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I also use 50/50 vinegar/water for cleaning my boat. Works great with our hard water. Home Depot sells "cleaning vinegar", it's pretty inexpensive. The only problem with this cleaning solution...makes me hungry for pickles :-)
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:04 PM
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I'm going to have to give this a try for water spots. Sometimes the only way I can get them off is with polish and a lot of elbow grease. So just to clarify...50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, spay on and wipe off?
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:47 AM
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Has to be white vinegar...Though, people use 50/50, but 100% straight vinegar works also and rinse with water right afterwards, do in sections. 100% is more stinky though, depends on how heavy the water spots are, 100 will work faster. A gallon goes a long way and is very cheap.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try it shortly. I use the same ratio to clean my counters at home. I buy the white vinegar at Costco.
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