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Old 09-14-2015, 03:14 PM   #61
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I just cleaned my hull with some Shower Patrol at the advice of a friend. Picked up a gallon for ~$14. Once sprayed, the hull practically cleaned itself.

After cleaning, one side just got a test coat of Turtle Ice spray wax, sprayed on, evened out with a brush, no further treatment.

It looked much better than the untreated side when I left the boat last week. We'll see how it looks when I return to the boat later this week.
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:53 PM   #62
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Greetings,
IF you're going to paint in the near future, do NOT apply wax!
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:57 PM   #63
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Star Bright has a product called Instant Hull Cleaner that takes the mustache off and "does not contain harmful acids" (their words not mine). Here's the Safety Data Sheet. The stuff contains 8% oxalic acid.
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Old 09-14-2015, 04:14 PM   #64
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IF you're going to paint in the near future, do NOT apply wax!
Exactly.....I'll be pulling the boat in 6 weeks for the paintwork...
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #65
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Based on this thread, bought some Works at HD to clean deck boat in lift on TN River. Did a great job, applied with paint brush and rinsed. Very little scrubbing necessary. But, it will eat you up ! Will use small pump sprayer next time.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:18 PM   #66
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My great Aunt has no interest in boats but might find this thread helpful.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:46 PM   #67
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:51 PM   #68
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Dude! I wish I could un-see that!
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:55 PM   #69
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Doubt it would be much of a problem with a dark hull.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:02 PM   #70
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Doubt it would be much of a problem with a dark hull.
Hence the plan.....

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That looks really good
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:30 PM   #73
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Dark hulls, at least the shiny kind, open up a whole nother maintence can of worms.
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:28 PM   #74
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Every time I see this thread the Jimmy Buffet song invades my ear.
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OMG, Bruce you brought back a fond memory. Back when I had a 3 year old daughter, she loved to sing, and she sang anything she heard. I happen to be fond of Jimmy Buffett, and she learned the words for that song. She apparently sang it to her day care people who took offense to the off color nature of the song... I had to calm the waters that evening when I picked her up...
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You should have told the day care people " You think that's bad, what till she learns the lyrics to "Why don't we get drunk"!
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:41 PM   #76
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Second on Barkeepers Friend....works wonders and useful for cleaning anything stainless.
It now comes in liquid or the old powder...try it you'll like it.

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Barkeepers Friend is slightly abrasive. I would not use it on gelcoat.
Abrasives will not remove the brown tannic acid stain but mild acids will. The simplest thing to do is use a commercial "hull cleaner" from the marine store (or Walmart).
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A gelled acid cleaner, such as Mary Kate On and Off Gel or Davis FSR, is very effective at removing the brown tannin stains and is a lot easier to use on vertical surfaces than liquids.
Yes. Purpose made products remain on the surface being treated while many of the home remedies just run down the hull and leave an uneven surface. Also the purpose made products are safe for your boat while toilet bowl cleaners and such may not be.
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:51 PM   #78
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Yeah, seems odd you'd go through all the bother of cleaning it off but not do something to keep it from reappearing pronto.
That's why I don't wash my boat. It just gets dirty again.

That brown stain will come back if you boat in certain water. It doesn't really matter what you do.
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Star Bright has a product called Instant Hull Cleaner that takes the mustache off and "does not contain harmful acids" (their words not mine). Here's the Safety Data Sheet. The stuff contains 8% oxalic acid.
Oxalic acid is not harmful in normal situations. It's in some foods that we eat.

So you can go down to the hardware store and buy oxalic acid as "wood bleach". You can mix it up and spray it on your hull and it will remove the brown stains. But, as I posted above, your mix will run down and vertical surfaces and leave streaks while the commercial hull cleaners have chemicals in them that allow the acid to spread evenly on the surface and remain in place while treating the stains.

I know, I have used both.
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You only get streaks if you don't apply evenly and fully...but yes gel for those with issues.


Cleaning a mustache is as easy as boating maintenance can be....hard to imagine how some can make it so complicated.
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