Cleaning the bottom of the boat

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by tntitans21399, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. tntitans21399

    tntitans21399 New Member

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    I used my boat a lot this past year, but I was either to busy to clean the bottom of the boat or choose to take the boat out instead of staying home and cleaning it. So now it has a brown ring where the boat was in the water for long periods of time (hours on the lake).

    What has been the best product or home cleaning solutions that helps you clean the bottom of your boat.
     

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  2. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    Why clean it? Are you giving up fishing?
    It's just going to get dirty again. Not only that it adds character.:smile2:

    Sorry I know I'm no help. My boat is painted down to below the water line and it cleans up real easy. Everything below that is stained just like yours.
     

  3. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Chris,
    I have tried everything i know of to keep my tracker clean. Looks about like your picture. I have tried all the house hold cleaners I can think of. Tried some mild acid for aluminum boat hull cleaning. I was told there was something used on aluminum trailers that truckers used that worked good. Don't know a name of the product but i was told you could get it a detail or wash shops for big trucks. Just haven't thought about it when i was close by such a place or haven't had time when I did think of it.
    I have used scotch bright pads and then aluminum polish to make mine like a shiny new nickel. That lasted all of one trip, two at most and it was back to the nasty brown ring. I have decided the next time i clean it up that well. it will be just before the new owner comes to see if he wants to take it home with him. The shine job I laid on that baby did not help me catch any more fish.:sad2::smile2: I worked for several days polishing it up all nice for the fish to look at.:smile2:
    If you find something that works well and doesn't take all weekend to do. I would love to give it a try.:cool2:

    Thanks
    David
     
  4. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Go to the local waly world and look in the rv section for black streak remover, might help.
     
  5. last chance

    last chance New Member

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    Try Go Jo hand cleaner and a scotch brite pad.
     
  6. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    For aluminum Duragloss markets an acid cleaner that will take it off.
    I used 2 gallons of it on the pontoons.

    Its the same stuff sold at truckstops for truckers. Just a different package.
    I got mine at NAPA for about 10 bucks a gallon.

    I put it in a pump bottle and just spray it on.
    Let it sit for a few minutes and hit it with a tire brush and rinse.
     
  7. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    i use 409 orange power on my tracker. seems to work real good. use a scotch guard pad sponge with water and takes it all off my tracker. otherwise, just regular dish soap and lots of elbow power. :wink:
    gary
     
  8. tntitans21399

    tntitans21399 New Member

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    Yeah Dave, I'm not selling boat for a very long time, the boat will have to start rotting before I sell it. Just try to keep it looking good.
     
  9. Equinox

    Equinox New Member

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  10. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    It looks like fiberglass, try dow bathroom cleaner, or another fiberglass bathtub cleaner, with a scothbrite pad, or scrubbing bubbles.
     
  11. Phantom309

    Phantom309 New Member

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    "Mean Green-Super Strength" !
    Hands down !
     
  12. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    The mean green cleaner is a good idea. but, i would'nt use anything abrasive. i seen someone mentioned a scotchbrite pad. you might as well use sandpaper. i usually use 409, or mean green. use a polish, then a wax to finish it up. i use automotive products but, a lot of people say marine products last much longer.
     
  13. cathooked

    cathooked New Member

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    Ive used purple power on my boat and it cleans up real good you can get it at a fleamarket for about $4.00 a gallon i use it on the tires on my truck and the wifes car,its a good cleaner and cheap..
     
  14. Equinox

    Equinox New Member

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    Oxalic Acid is the most effective pure chemical you can use as a gelcoatcleaner. Dip a moist piece of fabric in the Oxalic Acid powder and rub it in. Let it work for 10-15 minutes and voila´ the gelcoat is white again.
    Use protective gloves and something to protect your eyes.
     
  15. gofish98

    gofish98 New Member

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    hey Chris
    welcome to the BOC. I've had the same ring on my boat and motor . my wife had the best stuff to clean it off with . Lime away cleaner and scotch brite , no scratch scrub sponge . she used them to clean the fiberglass shower and glass door . spray it on scrub a little bit with the sponge hose it off . no harsh chemical's or acids , and you can get them at any store for less than five bucks , or you can do like I did and get them out from under the sink and never take'em back ! don't let her find them in the garage and she'll keep you a supply of it .HAHA:wink:
    vince
     
  16. Puddin Head

    Puddin Head New Member

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    I also have a tracker, and the same brown ring around it. I tryed WD 40 and it takes it off, you have to scrub a little bit.
    I haven't had it back in the water yet, so I can't say it stays off.
    Good Luck................Puddin Head
     
  17. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Gary,
    Welcome to the BOC.
     
  18. crazyjet1

    crazyjet1 New Member

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    We have had many boats at my house and we have some nasty lakes around the city up here in indianapolis. Sometimes we dock our ski boat out on geist lake witch is full of algea and skum. The way we have learned to clean our boats out the best is to take everything out and take a power washer to every corner of the inside and bottom of the boat and it will make it look like new agian. :wink:
     
  19. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    My pontoon boat was in the water for a continuous 10 years. Sometimes, once a year I would take it in shallow water, get out, go over the toons with a nylon windshield bug pad. Still looks pretty good 13 years later.

    Gary, WELCOME to BOC!