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Old 10-01-2012, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning really dirty boat?

Making an offer on a boat but the thing is really dirty. Fished hard. Can it all be cleaned? It's a 2006 and if I can clean it up I think it will look great!

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:53 AM   #2
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Mr clean magic eraser sponger (original) are one if the best products I have found for cleaning boats. Works best on black marks,blood and dirt. Just wet the boat and go over it once with a marine soap and maybe some soft scrub then finish it with the magic eraser sponges.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:26 AM   #3
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Mix bleach and simple green. get it all over the boat and let it sit for 5-10 minutes then scrub. It will eat everything (including wax). Works better than a power washer....
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:49 AM   #4
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Im sure it can be cleaned up, get a quality boat soap, some mary kate spray away, roll off, sharp shooter and greez off with a mix of good brushes, soft bristled for smooth areas and for the non skid a good stiff hand brush will really help get into the grooves. Good luck!
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:10 AM   #5
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Spray nine. Spray nine after you give it a good wash. Use spray nine for upholstery
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:16 AM   #6
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my suggestion would be to call around to a couple local marine detailers and ask how much per foot they want to clean wet sand and wax a boat and figure in that cost when you make an offer.
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"Mold Armor" sold at hoe depot can clean upholstery perfect....
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:20 AM   #8
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Is it on a trailer?????
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:21 AM   #9
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Presta hull and deck cleaner works really well just don't let it dry on there or sit too long. Their parent company makes Mr Coffee coffee pot cleaner. This stuff works the same way, it creeps into the nonskid and lifts and melts most any goo or blood or slime. It is also the quickest remover of oil stains and grease I have ever seen. The Mr Clean erasers have a grit and will abrade the gel coat be careful with them or you might end up with a different colored spot where you scrubbed.

http://prestaproducts.com/Marine_Hul...r-details.aspx
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:29 AM   #10
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if the hull is unacceptably stained I'd get permission to swab some ON/OFF on a small section to see how well the hull can be restored. you'd be surprised.

I secretly swabbed a small section of a neighbors boat when it was trailer-ed for service and it drove him nuts why that areas "discolored" from the rest. i let him stew for a couple of days until i shared what i had done. later that day his son was seen wiping down the entire boat with ON/OFF much to my buddy's delight.
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A Pressure washer can do wonders.







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Old 10-01-2012, 04:52 AM   #12
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a dirty boat is similar to a well seasoned grill.. no need to get it really clean just knock off the big chunks.. gives it character LOL>
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a pressure washer can do wonders.







damn!
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damn!
Just wanted to add this was a project boat I picked up that sat under a tree for years. I would NEVER let a boat I owned get this dirty.

I was amazed at what a few hours with the pressure washer did.

Here's the thread. It was a fun cleanup/flip.

Price Check on aisle 12. Neglected low hour boat




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remarkable! recovered to that showroom "glow".
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Mix bleach and simple green.
Unless you are a chemist and know how chemicals are going to react to one another, I do not suggest mixing bleach with anything. Bleach, when mixed with a plethora of other chemicals, will produce chlorine gas. Chlorine gas is deadly and kills...seriously. It has been used in chemical weapons. I have inadvertently inhaled it a few times in my life...all but once as an agricultural chemical and once because someone mixed bleach with another cleaning chemical. I had to drag my dad out from under a farm implement once because he nicked a chlorine gas line with an acetylene torch. A neighbor of ours almost didn't fair as lucky as he got caught under an implement when his cloths got caught up...he could have died.

Just want everyone to know the importance of not mixing bleach with other chemicals. It is very dangerous stuff.
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Besides bleach, toilet bowl cleaner will take up blood stains and such easily with minimal scrubbing.
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Just wanted to add this was a project boat I picked up that sat under a tree for years. I would NEVER let a boat I owned get this dirty.

I was amazed at what a few hours with the pressure washer did.

Here's the thread. It was a fun cleanup/flip.

Price Check on aisle 12. Neglected low hour boat




was waiting for you to chime in Unclebob....still my favorite all time thread!
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That restore gave me a new respect for the cleaning power of a pressure washer. And no harsh chemicals that make ya get caught up in farm implements.
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When boat shopping always look for a dirty but otherwise sound boat. The dirt imediatley takes a few thousand off it. Cleaning & waxing puts a few thousand onto it.
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