The Boating Forum - Cleaning Non-Skid
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04-16-2010, 04:27 PM
I had a complete restoration done on my boat and I decided to use Awlgrip instead of Gelcoat. I was wondering what is the safest cleaning agent on the market to clean the non-skid deck with? My biggest concern is not wanting any reaction with the awlgrip. Any suggestions?
04-16-2010, 07:42 PM
I've got awlgrip on my hull (not on the non-skid) and just use plain west marine boat soap. When I get scuff marks or streaks on my non-skid (keep in mind I don't have awlgrip on the non-skid) I use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. You could try the magic erasers on a small test spot to see if there is a reaction, but should probably be ok.
04-16-2010, 11:12 PM
You should probably stick with "Awlwash" in warm water with a soft brush to clean it. The kiss of death would be any of the abrasive or highly acid or alkaline cleaners or very stiff bristle brushes.
The nature of Awlgrip is that it is very smooth and releases dirt easily. I assume in your case that the Awlgrip had grit added to make it non-skid, which can make it a bit of a chore to clean compared to the usual gloss topsides finish. Just don't be tempted to use anything harsh or you will end up in a death spiral of introducing minute scratches in the finish that will make it increasingly difficult to clean.
04-17-2010, 01:51 AM
Try Starbrite non skid cleaner with PTEF you will never use anything else.