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Old 02-19-2012, 07:31 AM
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In the past, I have used Dawn to get fish snot, grim, and other stuff off my boat. In the concentrated form, it has been proven to be a powerful cleaner. I know it will also remove car/boat wax. Aside from being strong and such, are there any negative effects such as deteriorating hoses, discoloring things, etc.? Soon, I will start using collinite wax and wander if there is any cleaner/degreaser as strong as Dawn that will not strip off wax.(example Woody Wax)
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Starbrite deck cleaner with PTEF. Best stuff out there to clean the decks.
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Starbrite deck cleaner with PTEF. Best stuff out there to clean the decks.
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I use Dawn and a little bleach for spring clean-up, then I wax and use car wash.
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I like a product called Roll Off for my decks. Use as directed and it's a great cleaner. A gallon will last a long time.
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Dawn should be used as a stripper - when you are taking everything off to start again. It creates no problems when used occasionally. They use it to clean birds when an oil spill happens so it's not pool acid. After you get your LSP (last stage product - wax) on, then use a wax friendly soap like meguirs RV soaps or boat soaps...

I have used it for 15 years with no problems...both in a foam gun and bucket...

But there is nothing that will remove crap off decks and leave the wax intact.

alternative is Chemical guys citrus mixed 1 oz per gallon of water - it strips great

http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-CWS_3...9665903&sr=8-2

I 2nd the starbrite deck stuff...excellent
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Starbrite deck cleaner with PTEF. Best stuff out there to clean the decks.
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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.
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funny this comes up...

The detailer forums are always trying to sell something (shills abound) to strip wax and say Dawn is bad, but they never tell you why it's bad....interesting comments from pros who clean and detail for a living:

http://www.autopiaforums.com/forums/...stripping.html
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Default I've not used Dawn on my boat,

but did use it in my windshield washer jar on a Chevrolet Suburban years ago. The result was the paint started flaking off. If you have ever seen a car going down the highway with areas of their paint flaked off and the primer showing, chances are they used Dawn in their windshield washing jar. It's a stripper alright!
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but did use it in my windshield washer jar on a Chevrolet Suburban years ago. The result was the paint started flaking off. If you have ever seen a car going down the highway with areas of their paint flaked off and the primer showing, chances are they used Dawn in their windshield washing jar. It's a stripper alright!
may have been something else...dawn can't emulsify paint that is bonded correctly....
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second that. Ive used it on cars, trucks etc for years and never the slightest hint of after effects on paint. Maybe you had something else in that bucket!! done that before.
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Originally Posted by Glen E View Post
funny this comes up...

The detailer forums are always trying to sell something (shills abound) to strip wax and say Dawn is bad, but they never tell you why it's bad....interesting comments from pros who clean and detail for a living:

http://www.autopiaforums.com/forums/...stripping.html
You have shills for everything, detailing seems to be ripe for high priced products. I have detailed my car and boat for years yes I use a good quality wax for the car and Collinite wax for the boat.


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Dawn works great but as Glen said it should only be used occasionally when you intend to strip the old wax off not as your go to soap. The roll off is also a great product for removing stains its my go to stain remover on decks. Just use a nice premium boat soap and you wont have to worry about stripping off your wax job.
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There were literally millions of vehicles that were losing paint. GM had the recalls to prove it. As posted earlier, if it is safe for cleaning crude oil from bird feathers, I think paint and gel coat could withstand it.
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What about the PF neutral soaps? These are required for my granite counters in the kitchen, so I was thinking it may be good for cleaning the boat. Got a gallon at Sams, it was cheap but do not remember what I paid.
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Originally Posted by nitro943 View Post
In the past, I have used Dawn to get fish snot, grim, and other stuff off my boat. In the concentrated form, it has been proven to be a powerful cleaner. I know it will also remove car/boat wax. Aside from being strong and such, are there any negative effects such as deteriorating hoses, discoloring things, etc.? Soon, I will start using collinite wax and wander if there is any cleaner/degreaser as strong as Dawn that will not strip off wax.(example Woody Wax)
I used to use dish washing detergent to clean my boats but it is too harsh IMO and makes the deck and cushions/bolsters look old and crack too fast.

I do like it for stripping wax prior to waxing.

For regular cleaning I like a good quality soap made for cleaning car finishes. Then hit the top surfaces with woody wax after each trip.
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Originally Posted by LandIDetailing View Post
Dawn works great but as Glen said it should only be used occasionally when you intend to strip the old wax off not as your go to soap. The roll off is also a great product for removing stains its my go to stain remover on decks. Just use a nice premium boat soap and you wont have to worry about stripping off your wax job.
Not so sure that roll off won't strip wax?
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Not so sure that roll off won't strip wax?
it will big time .....
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