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Old 10-31-2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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I'm the proud owner of a brand new '06 Coastal Bay (1910). I'm needing input on what is the best boat wash for scrubbing down the deck when I get back from a day of fishing. I'll be cleaning at home, on the trailer In the stone bed I've made, so no worries about direct run-off into the water. Most guys in my area use dishwashing liquid & bleach, or some form of soap/ detergent & bleach combo. I like the idea of sanitizing w/ bleach, but I'm worried about it being bad for the gelcoat. First try was a product called "whip it" a citrus based stuff that's supposed to be completely safe for the gelcoat, but didn't clean very well. Any thoughts are appriciated.
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Old 11-01-2005, 12:35 AM   #2
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i like regular blue colored cheap concentrated carwash which can be had at walmart
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:22 AM   #3
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I was planning on carwash as my next try. Not sure if it'll have the power to scrub out the non-skid.
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I use Liquid Tide with Bleach Alternative after a hard day of fishing. If the boat is not that dirty, just regular boat soap. The tide does a good job at removing blood stains.
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:35 AM   #5
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The question is ... will it damage the gel coat? I'm talking in the long term here. Don't plan on anoter new boat for bout 10 years. The Florida sun is hard enough on my gelcoat without any extra help. Maybe the harsh stuff won't bother the gelcoat, or the wax protecting it... just not sure. Might be ok for ocasional use though. thanks.
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:43 AM   #6
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West Marine/Boat us has a "Deck Cleaner" by Star-Brite that does non-skid very well, as well as the rest of the boat. Worked very well for my boats when I lived in FL some years ago. Still use it to this day! It has Teflon in the formula which really cleans up the boat and keeps it looking that way. Best thing for a boat is to keep it covered and out of the elements....congrats on the boat!
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:06 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new boat. Dishwashing soap/409/Simple Green etc. will remove any wax on the boat. Try to use a cleaner that wont strip the wax. I use Woody Wax cleaner which does a good job, smells good, and has wax in it. About once a month I use Woody Wax on the deck (applied with a deck brush) which gets some wax on the deck, fittings, etc. and helps with clean up. Do a search, Glen E has posted detailed instructions on cleaning/waxing/polishing that work
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Elusive is right. Be careful using dishwashing detergent as it will strip the wax.

I use Orpine "Green" (they make a yellow as well but it doesn't have any wax in it.) Smells good, cleans everything off, and leaves wax behind. Started using it to wash the cars as well.
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when i use the blue car wash, all stains come clean & my boat looks like new and yet it is a mild chemical. I dont use much soap. It really lathers up
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I have been using Orpine for years and like it.I like the without wax in it best.
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I'll give Orpine a third nomination. Strong enough to remove fish blood and slime, but doesn't remove the wax. I use the "without wax". Best wash I have ever used.
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I use a mixture of Orpine boat soap and Zep orange cirtus cleaner for my normal everyday cleaning.

For stains, I'll put some bleach in the wash water, or spray small stains directly with a spray bottle.
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Green Orpine (the one with wax)
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Green Orpine (the one with wax)
Me too! For 6 years now.
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I like the Woody wax pine soap. Does all I need.
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:21 PM   #16
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I purchased some "Crystal" cleaner from West Marine a couple or three years ago and found that it works wonders around the boat. We trailer the boat and it even takes off the bugs that splatter on the boat on the highway very well. Doesn't clean up the no slip surface in the boat but I use one of the soft scrub liquids and that takes care of that as well. Really seems to clean up the boat nicely.
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I give one for the Orpine as well....Green....
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were can I get some of this orpine??
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I've got to agree with Hub. Starbrite products work for me.
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orpine green, and for the non skid I use soft scrub as well
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