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Old 02-20-2012, 09:02 AM
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Comet has worked best for me on the non-skid....looks brand new after a good scrub.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Hungry1 View Post
Comet has worked best for me on the non-skid....looks brand new after a good scrub.
looks great but long term will fracture the deck surface....
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Hungry1 View Post
Comet has worked best for me on the non-skid....looks brand new after a good scrub.
I hope this is not a serious post.

Comet and other abrasive products will damage your boat's gelcoat in short order. The abrasive particles will leave scratches in the surface which will hold dirt and soil, requiring you to clean more often which will further damage the surface.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
I hope this is not a serious post.

Comet and other abrasive products will damage your boat's gelcoat in short order. The abrasive particles will leave scratches in the surface which will hold dirt and soil, requiring you to clean more often which will further damage the surface.
I only use it on the non-skid. I got the idea straight from the Parker website. I would hate to think the factory would recommend something that will have negative long-term effects.

http://www.parkerboats.net/pages/faq...r.jsp?faqid=55
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Rwidman's right - Comet is abrasive. It can indeed abrade & dull fiberglass surfaces. It's an extremely effective cleaning agent, but you need to be aware of the downside. I'm sure it'd get rid of those spinach stains on your teeth, too, but your smile might not be so pretty afterwards.

This goes back to me saying that you really need to consider using a product that is made for that particular application instead of using a one size fits all approach.

Boat wash, nonskid deck cleaners, etc are generally formulated to be used on specific surfaces and materials. They are also generally formulated to "do no harm" to those surfaces in the process of cleaning them. It's not a mistake on the part of manufacturers to not use caustic components that might do a great job in the short run, but could damage the surfaces in the long run. Bleach and harsh acids are pretty cheap when you buy them by the railcar, but if they are not a long-term approach, most reputable manufacturers will opt to use a more expensive yet safer component.
We do not want to have to buy you a new boat if our stuff turns your pretty white boat into a yellowed hulk.

Dish detergents sudse up like crazy. That means you end more water to rinse them clean. They can also strip away the polish or wax you spent hours applying. They can also harm the sealife if they get into the water. The loss of the wax or polish can be a bit annoying unless you are trying to remove those applications. We hire chemists to figure all this out and to then devise a product that does the job but does no harm in the process. The cheapest method is not always the best. Sometimes it is, but not always.

Like I say a lot here, use what makes you happy, but at least be aware that it might have an unexpected or perhaps unpleasant side effect.

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Hungry1 View Post
I only use it on the non-skid. I got the idea straight from the Parker website. I would hate to think the factory would recommend something that will have negative long-term effects.

http://www.parkerboats.net/pages/faq...r.jsp?faqid=55
trust me they are wrong....far far too abrasive...they should be called out on that....
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:04 PM
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I like Ivory liquid. Seems to not remove the wax?

Dawn will make your fiberglass look like the teeth of a meth addict. (over time)

My neighbor uses Tide! He asked me one day why my boat always seems to shine and why after he waxes his one or two trips later it is dull again?
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Originally Posted by Hungry1 View Post
I only use it on the non-skid. I got the idea straight from the Parker website. I would hate to think the factory would recommend something that will have negative long-term effects.

http://www.parkerboats.net/pages/faq...r.jsp?faqid=55
As a Parker owner I can attest to this, I use it on my boat but for anyone who has ever been on a parker knows that they use two different types of nonskid on the boat. The nonskid around my walkaround part is more like the type you find on other boats but the nonskid on the deck where you fish from is different believe it or not and doesnt like to come clean at all without a lot of elbow grease and the bar keepers mixed with some other products does what other nonskid cleaners wont do. I know people are going to disagree but its the truth with a parker.

Wish I had some pics to show the difference.
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I have seen the results from using Comet (and Ajax) cleanser long term and it's not pretty. These products will remove the porcelain finish from commercial cast iron lavatories. If they can do that to such a hard substance, think what they can do to gelcoat.

When I worked for a large public school system, they took these products away from the cleaning staff because of the damage they were doing to the fixtures.

BTW: Even the very popular "Bar Keeper's Friend" is slightly abrasive.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:13 AM
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I have been using the Woody's that I saw at West Marine for the first time. Like it.
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Originally Posted by Deriso View Post
Are you saying it's illegal to have Dawn dishsoap on a boat?
Yes only Starbrite is legal.
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Originally Posted by billatstarbrite View Post
Rwidman's right - Comet is abrasive. It can indeed abrade & dull fiberglass surfaces. It's an extremely effective cleaning agent, but you need to be aware of the downside. I'm sure it'd get rid of those spinach stains on your teeth, too, but your smile might not be so pretty afterwards.

This goes back to me saying that you really need to consider using a product that is made for that particular application instead of using a one size fits all approach.

Boat wash, nonskid deck cleaners, etc are generally formulated to be used on specific surfaces and materials. They are also generally formulated to "do no harm" to those surfaces in the process of cleaning them. It's not a mistake on the part of manufacturers to not use caustic components that might do a great job in the short run, but could damage the surfaces in the long run. Bleach and harsh acids are pretty cheap when you buy them by the railcar, but if they are not a long-term approach, most reputable manufacturers will opt to use a more expensive yet safer component.
We do not want to have to buy you a new boat if our stuff turns your pretty white boat into a yellowed hulk.

Dish detergents sudse up like crazy. That means you end more water to rinse them clean. They can also strip away the polish or wax you spent hours applying. They can also harm the sealife if they get into the water. The loss of the wax or polish can be a bit annoying unless you are trying to remove those applications. We hire chemists to figure all this out and to then devise a product that does the job but does no harm in the process. The cheapest method is not always the best. Sometimes it is, but not always.

Like I say a lot here, use what makes you happy, but at least be aware that it might have an unexpected or perhaps unpleasant side effect.
I use your hull cleaner in the fall and polish in the spring. But think that dawn is good for spring clean-up before you wax and basic car wash is good after you wax. I can't help but think that you might have a slanted (sales) view.

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Old 02-25-2012, 09:38 AM
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Can't wait until spring and putting the boat back in the water
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Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
Can't wait until spring and putting the boat back in the water
Thats how I feel too.....until I was washing the trucks today.
I was using Dawn on the wheels & tires. I swear there were black helicopters hovering & crown vics going slow past the house.....Where's my tin foil?

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Old 02-25-2012, 12:37 PM
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Liquid Turtle Wax and Granular **** and Span with Hot Water. Destroys salt,cleans well and leaves the shine. Bam!!!
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Originally Posted by nitro943 View Post
Just a side note to throw in and betcha didnt know this...Dawn is excellent for use against poison ivy, sumac, oak etc. Put some on, lather it up, and leave it. It breaks up the grease from the skin reaction and dries it out. I use it all the time...works like a champ and costs almost nothing..Can even put a little on before going to cut the lawn.
Nitro, I'm going to pass this on two two friends and a wife, who seem attracted to poison ivy like bees to honey. In fact, one guy went out cleaning his mother's yard (did this annually and annually got poison ivy) (I know how to pick my friends) and then got together with his honey... I still hear about it.

Me? Well, there are lots of stuff to clean and yes, they strip off wax. I am frequent (in my mind at least) user of various waxes and I find that with non-slip decks applying wax with a brush is good for getting into those crevices, buffing with soft brush after polisher, and doing this often. This is excellent skill to train younger people to do and it builds character as well.
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Originally Posted by Hungry1 View Post
Comet has worked best for me on the non-skid....looks brand new after a good scrub.
No, no, no. Others will say the same but I'm polite.
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I used to know a stripper named Dawn..
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I used to know a stripper named Dawn..
Not Starbrite?
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