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Old 07-22-2012, 02:32 PM
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My dad is trying to convince me that we should be using a 50:50 mix of Clorox Bleach and Water to clean the fiberglass on the boat. I have been telling him I thought it was a bad idea.
I have never used it before, but the last time we cleaned boat, he mixed up some in a sprayer bottle, sprayed it on, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I have to admit, it cleaned the boat up nicely.

So, I basically want to know what your opinions, and hopefully some experiences, would suggest in this matter.

Would you continue to use bleach? If so, any recommendations on a mixing ratio, or specific brand?

What other cleaners would you recommend it not using bleach?

I would love to hear some experience stories, like "Have been using bleach for 20 years, gel coat is still pristine, or Bleach stripped my gel coat in about 2 yrs time, etc"

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My dad is trying to convince me that we should be using a 50:50 mix of Clorox Bleach and Water to clean the fiberglass on the boat. I have been telling him I thought it was a bad idea.
I have never used it before, but the last time we cleaned boat, he mixed up some in a sprayer bottle, sprayed it on, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I have to admit, it cleaned the boat up nicely.

So, I basically want to know what your opinions, and hopefully some experiences, would suggest in this matter.

Would you continue to use bleach? If so, any recommendations on a mixing ratio, or specific brand?

What other cleaners would you recommend it not using bleach?

I would love to hear some experience stories, like "Have been using bleach for 20 years, gel coat is still pristine, or Bleach stripped my gel coat in about 2 yrs time, etc"

Thanks!
I've never heard of bleach stripping gel coat. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:42 PM
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So do you use bleach?
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I have used bleach for decades...it is an awesome cleaner and will not hurt your finish. (might kill some plants if your boat is on a trailer)
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Bleach is not a cleaner. Bleach is a whitener. I've never used straight bleach or even with it cut with water. I have used soft scrub with bleach a couple times a year with no ill side effects.
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I used to use it liberally but was never crazy about the run-off into the yard or storm drains. I still use it up to 50/50 concentration for tough stains and also use polishing compound on a non-scratch scouring pad. You will surely need to wax it after using either of those but I've never found any reason to avoid either one.
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I use a 50/50 mix of bleach and water in a pump sprayer to clean my non skid after fishing. I spray it on and leave it on for 10 minutes while flushing the engines and unloading the boat. Then I hit the non skid with a brush and soap and water.

I do not use it on other parts of the boat.
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Bleach will strip any wax that you have leaving the area that was cleaned with bleach bare. stains will be very hard to clean off the hull if they are not cleaned asap. We will use bleach before waxing a boat to get it super clean and then wax the whole boat. in between waxing's we will only use soap and water to clean the hull.
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i use softscrub with bleach.
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Bleach is an oxidizer that will get rid of organic stains, like blood. I also use acid to get rid of rust stains, and a strong basic degreaser to get rid of grease or oil. (used to run a full service car wash, so we got good at getting nasty stains out). None of those will damage the gel coat, what you want to be careful of is paint thinner, styrene, acetone, MEPK, MEK or brake fluid. Those will break down the resin or gelcoat.
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We enjoy to bottom fish which can tash the deck and qunwhales of my boat.

To get it bright white and stain free agian, I use Clorox clean up and some comet abrasive with bleach on very bad spots. A stiff brush and some sweat and you need sunglasses to look at deck.

I sometimes use Starbrite, which is good stuf, but to get it "white" I use the above mix.
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you need to put wax down after using bleach it will leave the boat looking dull afterwords because it now has no wax. then it really gets hard to take the stains out. been using bleach for 15 years to keep my boats clean. roll off is also another great cleaning product.
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Any special brand of wax for the deck?
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Any other options to Woody Wax only because it is very expensive and the only place I can get it locally is West Marine?
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I Use bleach on tough spots in the deck and really try to make sure none gets into the bilge. The only other downside of bleach, other than removing wax, is it will takes its toll on pumps, wiring, clamps etc in below the deck in the bilge.
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any one else use OXY CLEAN?? That does a great job as well!
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I will go against the grain here:

I pour straight, out of the bottle, un-cut bleach on my DECK and rinse off with plain water after a few minutes. I have always done this. I have yet to have a problem.

I also use Muriatic acid on the hull to clean it before waxing. I cut the acid with fresh water at 50%. It makes the hull shine and hurts nothing.

I also use Fluid Film in place of Woody's Wax if I want a quick non-lasting shine like Woodys Wax.

If you tried it once you would never go back to scrubbing and expensive cleaners.
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I used some clorox outdoor cleaner. It comes in a gallon size and you can pick it up at walmart. Cut it half and scrubbed the inside of a SeaFox I bought and resold. Worked very well to remove the mold/mildew in the cabin and didn't damage the marine grade carpet. I've used it on vinyl too, but beware, that it'll break down the stitching on your cushions if it's too concentrated or you leave it on for too long.

It's kinda like using on/off as a hull cleaner. Use it occasionally when things get really bad, but try to use soap and water after waxing so it doesn't get there in the first place.

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