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Old 08-26-2007, 09:29 PM
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Default Chlorox bleach on fiberglass

I watched with interest as my fishing guide used a 'garden sprayer' to deliver the cleaning solution to his boat. I found out he was using pure bleach. Admitedly, this seemed to make fast work of fish slime and stains from a successful trout and redfishing trip on his white fibergass boat. Is this a good idea? What are the consequences to the boat and the environment?
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thats all i use.not while it's in the water mind you not sure about that.
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I have a new appreciation for the toughness of fiberglass. A few weekends ago I arrived at the marina to see my boat being pulled out of the dry stack with the entire aft section covered in some brown gooey fluid. The POS boat above mine had leaked some nasty stuff onto the back of my boat. It had pooled up on the swim platform and whatever the stuff was, it partially ate through a nylon double braided dock line that was resting there. The marina guys scrubbed away at the mess with everything they had but the stuff was really stained in there. They kept going back and forth to get some other cleaning solution to try. Finally, aceton got the remaining stains and some elbow grease cleaned the 'melted' nylon from the dock lines off the swim platform. A little caulking around the also fell victim but the fiberglass was unharmed. Tough stuff.
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4 years of straight bleach on my Hydra Sports and not an issues except a tiny bit of rust on less then top of the line stainless. But that cleans quckly compared to the daily chore of cleaning. However it will take off wax. Not good if your looking for model the boat, but if you need it clean as a whistle ASAP for a trip the next day you can't beat the pump sprayer with straight Clorox
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I was using the standard boat cleaner stuff my first 2 seasons then got put wise to a combo of laundry detergent and bleach.

My whites are whiter!
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I use bleach just like that but I cant find a garden sprayer that will hold up more than a few months to the bleach. It does something to the seals and then the sprayers wont hold the air any longer. I have tried a buch of different ones. Anyone using one thats holding up a long time?
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The following question & answer concerns the use of bleach on fiberglass....the link to the website where this information was found is listed below the Q&A.

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What is the way to clean some fish blood off a polyester/nylon lifejacket?
Does household bleach have a negative effect on the resins from which
fiberglass boats are made? Thanks in advance,
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There are some enzyme-active stain removers that can remove blood stains.
Bleach may work if the stain is "fresh" and has not "set", but contact with
household bleach should be minimized because the high pH and chlorine will
attack polyester fibers. The resins in fiberglass boats may also contain
some polyester resins so long exposure to bleach should be avoided. Short
contact and thorough rinsing should not cause damage, however.

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasc.../chem00615.htm

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I tried using bleach for a while to clean the cockpit of my boat. I felt that it worked well, but it made the gel-coat look a bit dull. Not noticeable in most places, only where the gel-coat was "glossy" and didn't have any kind of non-skid or pattern.
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I use straight bleach on the non skid floor on my 27te world cat. Spray it on and let it sit for 5 minuites and hose it down. It is amazing how much dirt, blood, etc. without having to scrub the floor. I have been using it for years with great success.
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I use bleach (diluted in the soap/water solution)for almost every washing because it does a good job but I do notice the rinse water is kind of white/milky. When I don't use bleach the decks rinse clear. It is an older gel coated boat & I guess the gel is just breaking down like everything else on the boat (engines,systems,owner!).
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I was using the standard boat cleaner stuff my first 2 seasons then got put wise to a combo of laundry detergent and bleach.

My whites are whiter!
Does it work better than Dawn and bleach? Never tried laundry detergent and bleach. Congrats on the whiter whites!
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Many industrial and municipal facilties use fiberglass tanks to store their bleach, which is twice the strength of household bleach. It will kill your wax and vinyl, though.
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I like Soft Scrub with Bleach for non skid.
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chlorox clean-up for no-skid only, there isn't a wax made that will stand up to any kind of bleach or for that matter dish soaps of any kind on the gloss surfaces. I wouldn't wash the boat any different than I would an expensive automobile.
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I use Fantastick with bleach all the time when cleaning the whole pboat i pour half a bottle into the bucket and use the scrub brush.
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If its a commercial boat ok but if your looking to keep your boat looking new, that isn't the way to go. The old saying if it's to good to be true it usually is. If you do use bleach, wax it after or you just reduced your future value for a 2 dollar bottle of bleach.Wash the blood off before it dries. Wax seals the gel coat and bleach opens up the pores and dries it out and hurts the resins.Most tanks that hold the chemicals have a pvc liner. Keep in mind what your referring to is not the fiberglass its GEL COAT and its over the fiberglass and its pourous thats why it stains. seal it with some thing and it wont stain.
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I use it when I get stubon stains. be aware that if your scrubbing the deck with bleach and a nylon bristle brush, that you really rinse the brush well. It will eat the brush up.
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I try to avoid bleach at all costs since it eats away the wax. I also think it eats away the finish over time. I've got an older boat that gets chalky anyway, but my FIL washed it down with bleach and the finish was even worse.

Maybe use it in spots, but I personally stay away from it.
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Have you ever sat on a boat and then you stand up an your a$$ and hands are all white. Thats what will happen from prolong use of clorox or other harsh cleaners. If you do use clorox make sure you are waxing your boat frequently.
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Thanks for the feedback. I wanted to try it on your boats before mine.

Seems like some good and bad like most things in life. I think I'll use it when the fishings good and the rely on the traditional soap and 'elbow grease' on most of my regular trips.

No one commented on the environmental issue. Probably no worse than the acid rain already in play?

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