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Old 09-20-2014, 04:44 AM   #1
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Removing Diesel Oil from Teak Deck

Yesterday I learned how a high volume diesel fuel pump can cause an airlock, resulting in a rather large quantity of fuel onto my Teak deck.

I know, I should have soaked the deck with water before fueling.. Didnīt , so what now?

Also, should the attendant have told me it was a high volume pump and warned me about this possibility, or is this how one learns? I had no clue about any of this.

Not looking to assign blame, just asking.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:06 AM   #2
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Don't worry about it.

Happened to me the first time, and guess what, it just happened again yesterday.

When the pump turns off suddenly, I get big blowback.

In any case, sometimes I just rinse it off with water and dish soap.

Sometimes I do nothing, and within days, it's not notice able anymore.

Also, if you really feel you must do something, you can also use liquid dishwasher soap.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:02 AM   #3
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I usually ask and I am always ready for it even if they say no. I always have a couple of pig skin pads ready just in case. I pick up a roll at Autozone, much cheaper than the white marine pads and they do fine for cleanups. Still use the white ones in the engine room under the engine.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:15 AM   #4
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Sounds like the tank vent is way undersized .

Either enlarge it , or use a Baha filter to slow down the volume .
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:09 AM   #5
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I do a light acetone wipe of the area and all traces disappear in a few days
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:52 AM   #6
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In NJ, the captain is responsible for handling the hose and fueling.

Usually the size of the nozzle will/might give some indication of rate as will the overall flavor of the fuel dock.

So I would say yes, ask if not specifically told.
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Same experience as others here (see thread on "Removing motor oil..." You learn to ask the fuel dock what their set up is, especially when you are at a commercial dock used by commercial fishermen and very large boats. They will often have two different flow rate pumps, which they will call high speed and low speed or something like that. I always pick the low spend and start out easy until I am confident the flow rate is OK for my boat. I carry some tennis balls to jam in the lever if I feel the locked position on the handle is too high; often on a strange dock I just hold it manually. You have to learn how to listen to the vent and flow into the tank; the second you hear some change, stop, check the tank level.

Typically the fuel will burp out the vent first if you blow it, so you have to be ready with some absorb pads for that; I wrap one around the spout of the pump too.
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Simple Oil on Teak Removal

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Sprinkle cheap Talcum Powder over any oil stains ..allow to soak up...leave on for a few hours or more...brush up...repeat if necessary.
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Sprinkle cheap Talcum Powder over any oil stains ..allow to soak up...leave on for a few hours or more...brush up...repeat if necessary.
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Yesterday I learned how a high volume diesel fuel pump can cause an airlock, resulting in a rather large quantity of fuel onto my Teak deck.

I know, I should have soaked the deck with water before fueling.. Didnīt , so what now?
If your boat is berthed outside you don't need to do anything. The diesel will weather out just fine. How long it takes will depend on the weather.

We've done that, gotten all concerned and tried all sorts of ways to remove the stain. Experienced shipwright we used back then said don't sweat it, the stain will weather out on its own. It did and we don't worry about it anymore if it should happen.

As we never fill a tank until it's bone dry, we know exactly how much to put in. So we never have problems with overfills. We keep the fill rate low to avoid burps and foam-ups.
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What Marin said or K2R if you're in a hurry.
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