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Old 08-15-2017, 10:08 AM   #1
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Unwelcome debris

Came back to the boat and while docked I was left with this unwelcome site. Fortunately fiberglass does not catch fire easily. I'm looking for a successful way to remove the black burn mark without grinding and fiberglassing. Anyone used a quick and easy way to remove the surface burn? Doesn't look like the gelcoat has melted.....

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Old 08-15-2017, 10:14 AM   #2
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Forgive me for asking but was this something from your own crew or something from an unknown dock walker?
I would be livid in either case!
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:22 AM   #3
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Mr. S. I'm a smoker and even THAT disgusts me. I'm in the process of cleaning up blemishes on our small boat and the first thing that comes to mind regarding that stain is paint over it. Auto stores carry touch-up paint in small containers in a wide variety of colors. Might be able to make that burn "invisible".

For example: Duplicolor Paint (Scratch Fix) ACC0362 - Read Reviews on Duplicolor #ACC0362
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:37 AM   #4
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Forgive me for asking but was this something from your own crew or something from an unknown dock walker?
I would be livid in either case!
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Dock walker, unfortunately I have one of my cameras shooting Bow forward and the Aft camera facing the rear. May be time for another aimed down the dock side.....
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try some "on and off" (same as ospho?) before you go for the paint. It's a VERY strong cleaner. I've had luck removing rust stains, scum lines, and other stuff that I thought there was no hope for.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:47 AM   #6
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Try a little oxalic acid. I.e. Bar Keepers Friend. Mix a paste and let it sit. Or FSR which is also oxalic acid I believe.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:23 PM   #7
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First try TSP, or if hard to find dishwasher powder soap, usually its TSP.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:44 PM   #8
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Bar keepers friend with a brush might get it out.
Once I found two burned out votive candles on my side deck, someone placed them there from the dock. luckily they were the kind that come in a little tin saucer so didn't scorch the deck when they burned out, but they did drip melted wax, that came of fairly easy.
I never found out who did it.
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Sorry to hear about this. Damn shame. One thing I have done is use #7 glaze with an orbital buffer. Also bug remover for cars. I have used both on the same dirty spot. First the bug remover rubbing by hand. then the #7 rubbed by hand then buffed out.


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I'd try some VIM (softscrub) or Comet and a nylon stiff brush
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Probably any of the above will take the worst out, don't be in a hurry after to apply paint, remember the Sun is a great bleaching agent with time.
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I'm with ya on trying the least aggressive first. I'll start cleaning on it and see what works..... it did not burn into the gelcoat like plastic will do which was good. Thanks for all the ideas! I'll post an after photo.
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Disgusting. I saw someone drop a lit butt out the car window at traffic lights. Got out, picked up the butt, offered it thru the open window with a cheery "Hey, you dropped this", she hesitated too long, dropped it in her lap.
I hope the marks come out.
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Some people are just pigs. From the one dropping the bud out to the ones emptying the ashtray on the parking lots. Here the law force people to smoke 9 meters from any doors on the pavement, you should see the line of bids around the non smoking area! I am not saying that all smokers are like this, and have nothing against smokers, just that humans are often careless.
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"I saw someone drop a lit butt out the car window at traffic lights."

Far worse is tossing it out the window with a motorcycle behind!
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Disgusting. I saw someone drop a lit butt out the car window at traffic lights. Got out, picked up the butt, offered it thru the open window with a cheery "Hey, you dropped this", she hesitated too long, dropped it in her lap.
I hope the marks come out.
My wife did that to someone who threw a fast-food bag of wrappers and such out there window. The look on there face was priceless.
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Looks like gelcoat applied with a home depot texture roller. Dont forget the surfacing wax. IF all the above fixes/cleanings dont work.
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I'm wondering if it was a dock walker or someone who actually boarded your boat to smoke. Either way it infuriates me.
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Some #$%^&*() threw a lit cigarette on my first, new car within a month of ownership.

Thankfully, the dealership was able to get the mark off without a problem.

But that @#$%^&*() who threw the lit butt did it on purpose to hit the car. We never had a butt in the yard or driveway before or after.

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The other day a marina neighbor was telling me about using Mr Clean Magic Eraser pads for getting crap off your gelcoat. I'm going to give those a try next time I need to get some scuff marks off the hull.
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