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Old 06-24-2019, 11:03 AM
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Was at West Marine getting some stuff and passed by detailing section. Took home some Star Brite Hull Cleaner to test. I plan on doing a full detail job later on but wanted something to try on hull stains in the meantime.

Surprised at how good it worked!




Old 06-24-2019, 11:13 AM
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It does work good. Most acidic hull cleaners work pretty good and fast. Just remember if you like to keep your hull waxed, the hull cleaner strips the wax.
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Works as does Mary Kate's On Off
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Looks great! Notice any marks on your trailer after? I tried to keep my trailer wet and I had a plastic on top of the trailer for the sections I was working with hull cleaner.
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Yeah I plan on doing full polish/wax soon. See if I can get some shine. Wont be using after unless I wax right after.

I wet trailer before and was using a soaked rag to wipe on so was careful. I did notice tiny white spot on trailer where I guess acid hit it.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Works as does Mary Kate's On Off
Much stronger acid correct?
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Tried out Rust Stain Removal too and was pretty amazed. Read the ingredients and saw it was similar to hull cleaner, so I’m guessing that would have worked just the same.

The stubborn stains came off with some elbow grease.

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^ great before/after photos!
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Originally Posted by billatstarbrite View Post
^ great before/after photos!
Thanks! Hook it up with some polish and ill take nice before/after photos I do photography for a living, wont disappoint lol
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The hull cleaner does work quickly to remove tanic / dirty water stains. As to rust: last week I had tiny spots of a dark color, seemed like could be rust, but no idea source or what it was. Tiny spots all in my non-skid. Used magic eraser, used deck cleaner, brush and soap.. nothing worked. Someone suggested the Rust Remover ($18) at West Marine. It worked! It smelled just like hull cleaner (oxy acid). Next time I'll try the hull cleaner for 'rust'.
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You might try "Iron Out" very cheap mixes with water and removes tanic acid and rust.
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Originally Posted by jerryclaybrook View Post
You might try "Iron Out" very cheap mixes with water and removes tanic acid and rust.
Won't help with growth but works great to remove brown stains - which are variations of iron oxide. Active ingredient is not acid but sodium bisulfate which is an oxygen scavenger that pulls apart iron oxide so the parts dissolve and wash away. Downside is it scavenges oxygen from the air as well so the fumes are nasty and make you cough so just be careful where you use it.
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I've always used The Works toilet bowl cleaner. Active ingredient is oxalic acid. Pretty sure it's the same ingredient as the hull cleaners. Super cheap at Walmart or a dollar store.
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This cleaner is excellent, I have personally used this boat cleaner on fiberglass hulls – and it worked wonders. It can remove grime, discoloration, and stains without removing the paint from your hull. The only disadvantage this hull cleaner may have as compared to its other counterparts is that it requires you to leave it on for quite a while before it works.
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The 'On and Off' works great. My son has a 10 year old Optimist sailboat. It was totally stained. The On and Off took off the staining on contact. This is after bleach , dish soap, and bartender's friend did nothing to the staining.

As a next step, you could compound and wax. That will help prevent the staining. My suggestion:

*Good quality random orbit buffer
*3M Perfect It Medium (for compounding / polishing)
*3 layers of Collinite #855 (Fleet Wax)
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It really does work. I’m not a professional detailer by any means, but have tested a few of their products and was very happy with the results. I was documenting the products used and process and have some more before and afters I need to do but this is an example:



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Starbrites mildew remover is amazing at cleaning up the vinyl around the outside of the boat. A couple sprays and let it sit the sun then hose it off after
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Starbrites mildew remover is amazing at cleaning up the vinyl around the outside of the boat. A couple sprays and let it sit the sun then hose it off after
its just bleach, you can make your own for a fraction of the price. or even buy the same exact thing under their non-marine brand at a lower cost.
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Keep the hull cleaner off of the trailer.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
I've always used The Works toilet bowl cleaner. Active ingredient is oxalic acid. Pretty sure it's the same ingredient as the hull cleaners. Super cheap at Walmart or a dollar store.
This, and for rust I use Barkeepers Friend. You can make a paste with the powder and apply to stain or use the liquid type. Let it sit for awhile and rinse off.

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