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Old 09-21-2008, 12:05 PM
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What is the best way to remove leaf stains from fiberglass?
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:47 PM
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bleach or starbright,unless there pecan tree leaves there a bitch
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:51 PM
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Starbrite, sponge, chainsaw
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50-50 mix of bleach and water....swab it on and leave it for several hours...in the sun if possible....erases my stains every time....Mick
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Have you tried any of the rust removers? I use Muriatic acid ($7/gal anywhere) and cut it 3:1. Spray from a spray bottle and wash off as soon as you don't see the stains anymore.
If boat is on a trailer, cover the aluminum with plastic that you will throw away afterwards.
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:40 PM
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Bar Keepers Friend, if the stain is on your non-skid... Otherwise, if its on gel coat, bleach...
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:29 AM
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After you try and fail with the bleach, try this:



Try your favorite marine retailer. I believe Walmart may be selling it now also.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:32 AM
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mary kates on-off takes it off in seconds.
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:18 PM
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commok - 9/21/2008 4:40 PM

Bar Keepers Friend, if the stain is on your non-skid... Otherwise, if its on gel coat, bleach...
Bar keepers friend will take off the stain, and any wax with it. It works with minimum scrubbing, and is cheaper than the marine alternatives.
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50-50 mix of bleach and water....swab it on and leave it for several hours...in the sun if possible....erases my stains every time....Mick
Be careful of bleach unless the gelcote is a white-white with no slight color...
I made this mistake on my "off white" gelcote and it came out blochy...

i use the Starbright instant hull cleaner or a green gel ( I forget the name) (anything with Oxilic acid works well.
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:46 PM
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Another vote for Bar Keepers Friend. I live under a canopy of Oak Trees and if I am not careful when I cover the boat leaves get under there and I get a BIG stain. Wet the area, sprinkle a little Bar Keepers Friend use a small brush in a circular motion and Its Gone.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:24 PM
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Soft scrub... put it on, let it set 20 minutes, wash it off.
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Rust Aid from Home Depot. Its 8 bucks a gallon.

Steps to follow.

1) rinse the area with hose

2) spray Rust Aid on

3) scratch ass, pick nose or any manly act that takes less than 20 seconds

4) rinse off with hose
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cWICKBERG - 9/22/2008 8:15 PM

Be careful of bleach unless the gelcote is a white-white with no slight color...
I made this mistake on my "off white" gelcote and it came out blochy... .
And that demonstrates the danger of using products in a way that they weren't designed to be used.

Whatever you choose to use, read the label to see if it's approved to use on fiberglass.
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I just used starbright on 3 day old leaf stains. It cleaned the floor but not the stains. Soft scrub to the rescue.
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another vote here for bar keepers friend...

and a nice cover.
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Another vote for Bar keepers, at under two bucks a can cant be beat!
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Works like a charm. Less acidic than on off and other like brands. I use bar keepers in the liquid form as well for most stains as well.



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Rust Aid from Home Depot. Its 8 bucks a gallon.

Steps to follow.

1) rinse the area with hose

2) spray Rust Aid on

3) scratch ass, pick nose or any manly act that takes less than 20 seconds

4) rinse off with hose
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I went with slimy grimy.
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Originally Posted by VBTravisD View Post
another vote here for bar keepers friend...

and a nice cover.
I used barkeepers on a fern stain on a seat cushion and it did squat.

Star Brite bleach and the sun did the same.

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