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Old 09-02-2006, 09:34 AM
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I want to know what is the best stuff to clean a boat with. Also, there is a rust ring on the deck of my boat from where a can of WD40 was left sitting on it during the rain. Does anyone know the best way to remove rust stains from a boat? Thanks a lot. It will be a great fealing to get rid of that rust.
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Old 09-02-2006, 09:41 AM
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Try Star brite HULL CLEANER or Top and Bottom. USe it full strenght. If it doesn't come off. It's not going to. BILL
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Softscrub is pretty good, rust is tough to remove especialy on nonskid, west marine sells this stuff called On/Off I dont know who makes it but it is powerful stuff, Good luck!
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For the rust ring ....Barkeepers friend, mix up a little into a thin paste. Apply and let it sit a minute or 2. Then rise it off.

Might take more than one application.

Do not use it aggressively on shinny gel-coat. It will leave very fine scratches.

I use Starbrite Deck/Hull cleaner on a regular basis with good results.

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Careful with the Barkeepers Friend. It will screw up your boats finish. For the outside of your boat use either 3M 'Cleaner & Wax' or 'Restorer & Wax' depending on level of oxidation. Collinite 870 also works well. Prior to that you may want to use Mary Kate's 'ON/OFF' to get off yellow scum off bottom and sides to the water line. Don't breathe this stuff. Spray on with squirt bottle and gloves. A respirator is probably a good idea too. Stay upwind. After that use acetone and rag to get off black streaks. Then use the 3M 'Cleaner & Wax', etc. Follow with good paste wax like Collinite Fleetwax or 3M. Some folks swear by Meguire's too. A good orbital sander/buffer like a Makita 9227 or similar Porter-Cable, etc will make a real difference.

For inside of boat including non-skid areas Softscrub with bleach is good. So is StarBrite non-skid cleaner as well as 3M's non-skid cleaner. After that put on 'Woody Wax' to protect.

Just did mine. About a two day job in the heat of August.

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Old 09-02-2006, 12:27 PM
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Did you try using the WD-40? Just have to use soap after to get rid of the oil.

The safest stuff I found is Marykate detail cleaner. Barkeepers will work but is mildly abrasive - comet without the bleach.
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Careful with the Barkeepers Friend. It will screw up your boats finish.
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For inside of boat including non-skid areas Softscrub with bleach is good.
Even though it's effective, any products containing bleach can really damage any stainless or aluminum hardware in/on the boat..

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Also, there is a rust ring on the deck of my boat from where a can of WD40 was left sitting on it during the rain. Does anyone know the best way to remove rust stains from a boat?
Don't know how good it is for the finish, but this stuff works, and you can get it at West Marine and a ton of other retailers...

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Rust Off is the best stuff i found for rust and iron stains. The sell it by the gallon at home deport or lowes. I get iron stains on the sides of my house and the boat from the sprinkler. I just spray Rust Off on the house and boat and rust fades away as you watch it, I then hose of the house and boat. It's a vicous cycle, but works.
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Star Brite Hull Cleaner and Rust-Off have worked for me.
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:24 PM
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Star brite rust and stain remover. Spray it on and it will vanish in under 1 minute.
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Careful with the Barkeepers Friend. It will screw up your boats finish.
How so? Please explain.

It's very abrasive, like comet cleanser. It really messed up the finish on my Albemarle topside. Thank goodness I didn't use it on the hull.

As far as the softscrub with bleach you might be right but the dose makes the poison and I think the concentration of bleach is very, very low. Haven't seen any problems yet.

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It really messed up the finish on my Albemarle topside. Thank goodness I didn't use it on the hull.
Interesting. I use it all the time on my deck and have never had any problems. I don't use it on the gunnels or outside, but it works like a charm on the non-skid....
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I would suggest Automotive Polishing Compound..

Barkeep will scratch, I use Bon Ami but rarely and only on floor.
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Many products at the department store will work like CLR, LIME AWAY, or THE WORKS. I use SNO BOWL to clean below the waterline on my boat and it takes that tanic acid stain right off. Just be sure and hose it down good and I would not let any product sit on metal too long..
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on off hull cleaner!it will take any rust stain off with little or no effort.west marine sells it
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Simple green and bleach.
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I don't know about rust, but I just got through using a product from West Marine called Crystal Wash that has done a wonderful job on my boat. It takes the bugs off quickly and removes the water lines from the boat floating in the water for a full day of fishing, I take the boat out of the water every day since I'm too cheap to rent a bouy at the lakes we frequent. Used the Crystal Wash yesterday on my travel trailer as well and it really shined up the 1993 trailer quite well. I would highly recommend it to clean your gelcoat finish.
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