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How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by DaveC426913 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:35 pm

Left SeaSaw out all winter without cover.

Her topsides are grey with dirt and chalky.
I often clean with Spray Nine, but I never wax her.
What do you do?

Especially, what do you do about all that grimy anti-skid surface?

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by dlandersson » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:32 am

Very fond of "Woody wax". 8)

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by the dude » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:31 pm

I have great success with Star Brite Non Skid Deck Cleaner with PTEF and a good boat brush.Pour it on straight out of the bottle!

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by Divecoz » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:25 pm

When either of my boat looks too neglected, I use "30 seconds and Off" and my electric power washer.. I Too am Big Believer in Star Bright Products .. I think I have bought every boat product sold in America( My Garage looks like a Giant Trade Show Booth for Boat Detailing ) and NONE IS MAGIC! :x

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by Alexis » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:12 pm

I will soon try Meguiar's oxidation remover. I plan to apply it by hand, then to finish with a soft and thick cotton disk mounted on a drill.

I will let you know how it goes.

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by DaveC426913 » Wed May 01, 2019 9:55 am

So, do any of these products also protect the 'glass?

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by Alexis » Mon May 06, 2019 12:33 pm

Alexis wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:12 pm
I will soon try Meguiar's oxidation remover. I plan to apply it by hand, then to finish with a soft and thick cotton disk mounted on a drill.

I will let you know how it goes.
Ahoy! So, I started to deoxidize the boat this weekend. What an huge, huge task! Amazingly the boat seems way bigger when you are standing beside with a small rug in hand...

Here are my comments and advices:
- first of all: the result is outstanding (for about 40% of the boat done so far!...) I plan to clean all the hull, then above the rub rail the racoon strip and the side walls around the windows.
- the compound has a strong effect and should be applied on the same color: the black of the strip can be transferred to the white and the white can stain the black.
- the compound has a pretty bad smell (I am very sensitive to chemicals anyway) and having a bit of wind helps to dissipate the vapors
- a good rubbing is essential, it is hard on the arms but it pays: you can actually remove old stains
- A part if the trick is to let the compound dry completely, then to use a soft cotton puffer disk mounted on a drill to obtain the gloss. I guess that the rotation speed is essential, I doubt it could be done by hand.
- Last touch: a quick last rub with an old shirt to remove the lint left on the plexiglass by the puffer disk, and you can finally admire a new boat!

About the result: I am not sure if my boat had this sort of cleaning in the past, and how long it will last? I hope I won't have to do it again every year...

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by DaveC426913 » Mon May 06, 2019 9:11 pm

Alexis wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:12 pm

use a soft cotton puffer disk mounted on a drill to obtain the gloss. I guess that the rotation speed is essential, I doubt it could be done by hand.
Yeah. If it's got wax, it needs enough friction to heat up and essentially melt.

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by DaveC426913 » Mon May 06, 2019 9:13 pm

DaveC426913 wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 9:55 am
So, do any of these products also protect the 'glass?
Sorry. This was vague.

What I meant was: aside from cleaning, do these products also add a coat of wax that will protect the fibreglass so it lasts longer than the next passage through a gnat cloud?

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by Alexis » Wed May 08, 2019 11:24 am

DaveC426913 wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 9:13 pm
What I meant was: aside from cleaning, do these products also add a coat of wax that will protect the fibreglass so it lasts longer than the next passage through a gnat cloud?
According to Meguiar's website, the oxidation remover contains "enriched feeder oils". https://www.meguiars.com/marine/product ... -oz-liquid Sounds like a sort of wax...

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by Carioca » Tue May 14, 2019 3:22 pm

Soft scrub.

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Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Post by Alexis » Tue May 14, 2019 4:18 pm

Do you guys use straight water from the lake/sea to rinse or clean the boat? Isn't there a risk to bring "biological contaminants" which are going to grow on the gelcoat overtime?

I am wondering if it would be wise to pour a little bit of bleach in each bucket of water?

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