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Old 03-09-2010, 05:43 AM   #1
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Default Boat Wash vs Car Wash Gel

so neither will stirp the wax off, so what is the difference between boat wash ( which is very expensive) and car wash gel ( much cheaper) .... neither will strip the wax. so why not use the car wash gel when washing the boat??
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Nothing

One says BOAT on the bottle.

AS West Marine proves, marine stuff cost twice as much as regular stuff.

I have been using Turtle Wax Zip soap for years.

The Armor All wash and wax is good also.
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The difference is about $18 / gallon.

Although I'm sure some manufacturer will chime in on here with "additives" specifically formulated for marine use and the "harsh saltwater environment".
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The difference is about $18 / gallon.

Although I'm sure some manufacturer will chime in on here with "additives" specifically formulated for marine use and the "harsh saltwater environment".
I bet your right, which is cool, because I get to use the less expensive "car wash soap" because I mostly boat in fresh water!!!!
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The difference is about $18 / gallon.

Although I'm sure some manufacturer will chime in on here with "additives" specifically formulated for marine use and the "harsh saltwater environment".
Aren't a lot of Yankees auromobiles driven in a "harsh saltwater environment" (road salts)?
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meguiars car wash, $3 a gallon at walmart. mix it with a splash of bleach.
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meguiars car wash, $3 a gallon at walmart. mix it with a splash of bleach.
me too except a splash of white vinegar - keeps the water spots down...
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Could be something to do with the speedier biodegradability in the boat soap so as not to completely destroy the environment.

BoatUS magazine did a comparo between various boat soaps that were labeled as "green" or "sea-safe" and found that there were huge differences in how long it took each to degrade down into something safe.

Not that car soap does not go into the ground/waterway eventually either.
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Dawn and clorox for us. Smells good, too.
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On a side note if you add enough bleach to dish soap it smokes!

That is cool.

P.S. At walmart I thought blue coral was the cheapest and it's like $4-$5 a gallon. You guys really getting Meguiars gallons for $3 ??? I'm going to wally world today and I'll look again.

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On a side note if you add enough bleach to dish soap it smokes!

That is cool.

P.S. At walmart I thought blue coral was the cheapest and it's like $4-$5 a gallon. You guys really getting Meguiars gallons for $3 ??? I'm going to wally world today and I'll look again.

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I would imagine this is because it contains amonia. Toxic cloud, FTL.
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2/3 Blue Coral car soap and 1/3 vinegar in a "Dial-a-Sprayer" garden hose spray attachment set to 3-4oz per gallon. I also use hot water which greatly helps remove salt.
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Dawn and clorox for us. Smells good, too.

Doesn't both of those strip wax?
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Doesn't both of those strip wax?
Yes
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I thought for sure Bill from Star Brite would have a comment on this????????
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2/3 Blue Coral car soap and 1/3 vinegar in a "Dial-a-Sprayer" garden hose spray attachment set to 3-4oz per gallon. I also use hot water which greatly helps remove salt.
Oooh im stealing the Dial-a-sprayer idea, i bet that will make my clean up alot shorter, thanks
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Place one drop of automotive turtle wax and marine wax into salt water. The automotive wax looks like its being ripped apart by microscopic organisms while the marine wax is just floating there untouched.

I noticed this may years ago while waxing my boat in the water. I dropped a chunk of the turtle wax into the water and immediately noticed the wax being eaten up and was gone in seconds.

I believe marine wax's are made for salt water environments. This is just my own observations.
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Oooh im stealing the Dial-a-sprayer idea, i bet that will make my clean up alot shorter, thanks
When you need to clean the hull of tannin stains, use the same sprayer and fill the resevoir with Rust Aide. Set the sprayer the same at 3-4oz.

I have been told there is a dial-a-sprayer for spraying trees that shoots a better stream. I have not seen one but would like to give it a try.
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AS West Marine proves, marine stuff cost twice as much as regular stuff.
Or 4 times as much.
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