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Old 03-24-2010, 11:27 AM
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Default Best mildew remover from fiberglass

Just purchased a glass boat that was kept under cover over the winter season that has alot of mildew on the inside and in covered compartments. Just wondering what people use that doesn't damage the gelcoat or remove wax. Does such a product exist?
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use boat soap and a brush. the mildew is from a lack of ventilation
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You can use Soft Scrub on the Fiberglass... Has bleach in it and works like magic. Just keep it away from the vinyl.
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Soft scrub will remove the wax
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Chlorox clean up . Spray the whole boat down let sit for 10 min. Boat brush and soap will remove the rest. Wax it afterwards
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"MEAN GREEN" from the dollar store !!!!!! Wet area and spray on and then use a scrub brush - medium bristle. Works da BEST out of all of those items. TRY IT !!!!!! ( not simple green ! )
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I find Marine Spray Nine to be about the best of the spray on cleaners, especially when it comes to mildew removal.

It used to be available at Walmart but I can no longer find it there.

West Marine and other boating supply stores have it.



I tried a bunch of other products after Walmart stopped carying it but nothing worked quite as well for me.
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Thanks for the opininons guys. Now just a little elbow grease.
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"Chlorox clean up . Spray the whole boat down let sit for 10 min. Boat brush and soap will remove the rest. Wax it afterwards"

mix chlorox about 1/3 water 2/3 spray with like a garden sprayer. let it sit.
Great to spray up in corners in the lockers etc. Wear old clothes. Then rinse, brush with light soapy water. Rinse. Wax.
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40 / 60 bleach and water in a garden sprayer. Spray it everywhere, bilge, compartments, you name it. Just avoid getting it on vinyl, let sit for 5 - 10 minutes and blast the shit out of it with a hose. Follow with wax.
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I find Marine Spray Nine to be about the best of the spray on cleaners, especially when it comes to mildew removal.

It used to be available at Walmart but I can no longer find it there.

West Marine and other boating supply stores have it.



I tried a bunch of other products after Walmart stopped carying it but nothing worked quite as well for me.
Is there a difference (marine)? I buy spray nine at Home Depot, it works great for cleaning the boat deck.


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Is there a difference (marine)? I buy spray nine at Home Depot, it works great for cleaning the boat deck.


Same as far as I can tell.
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Is there a difference (marine)? I buy spray nine at Home Depot, it works great for cleaning the boat deck.


I don't know. The label might give a hint. Or the MSDS.

The product is not just a cleaner, but a dissinfecant, and supposedly retards the growth of mold and mildew. I tried it after it was featured on that infomercial (opps, TV show), ShipShape TV. It worked for me.

For those recommending bleach or bleach and water, think of doing the laundry. Do you use bleach or do you use bleach along with soap or detergent? Bleach is a whitener and dissinfectant, but not a cleaner. You need some soap or detergent along with that to do any real cleaning.
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Bleach is a whitener and dissinfectant, but not a cleaner. You need some soap or detergent along with that to do any real cleaning.

I am going to keep correcting you every time you say this until you stop doing it. Easiest to just cut and paste my last response:

"Rwidman, you keep saying that bleach is not a "cleaner" and that is not accurate. Bleach is not a "detergent". Bleach does clean. It chemically breaks down the stain molecules making them easier to mechanically remove ie. scrubbing/surfactant. As Bill from Starbright is always quick to point out, bleach will burn your skin. That is because it is eating your skin by breaking down the molecules.
Bleach is not a detergent. Detergents are primarily surfactants. Surfactants lower the surface tension of water, essentially making it 'wetter' so that it is less likely to stick to itself and more likely to interact with oil and grease. Detergents also often contain enzymes. This is why bleach is often combined with a detergent.
Bleach alone is a cleaner though and also a whitener."
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I don't know. The label might give a hint. Or the MSDS.

The product is not just a cleaner, but a dissinfecant, and supposedly retards the growth of mold and mildew. I tried it after it was featured on that infomercial (opps, TV show), ShipShape TV. It worked for me.

For those recommending bleach or bleach and water, think of doing the laundry. Do you use bleach or do you use bleach along with soap or detergent? Bleach is a whitener and dissinfectant, but not a cleaner. You need some soap or detergent along with that to do any real cleaning.
It works for me . Different strokes for different folks. It makes my deck clean in all the places I can't reach with a brush.The only area that it doesn't do an excellent job is my bilge. I ended up useing amsoil power foam for that
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Nothing is better than this stuff. Period.

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Nothing is better than this stuff. Period.

I'll second that. another good one is 30 second deck/sidding wash. Its beter than any marine product..Use it all the time cuts through moss and mildew like magic.
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Wife and i just did ours last week after sitting for about 7 months. Used 50% white vinegar and warm water. It was like a hot knife cuttin butter.

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I use ZEP Mold and Mildew remover. Its a Home Depot product. The mold melts away without any scrubbing, like magic.

Just spray on and hose it off.
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Zep Mold and Mildew:
SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE; hypochlorous acid, sodium
salt; bleach

Jomax:
Acetic Acid
Also known as vinegar.

There are lots of ways to spend your money on common household chemicals.

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