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SAP284



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:56 am    Post subject: Good Hull Cleaner? Reply with quote

Anyone have any tips on a good aluminum hull cleaner? I have some water stains and lines on my boat (its older) and regular soap and water definitely wont get them out. Thanks!
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

Try using Comet or Bar Keepers Friend powdered sink cleaner with green scrub pad.

Do Not use steel wool!

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SAP284



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I will give it a shot. Just curious, why not use steel wool? I havent used it but I would think it would work better? I am assuming it probably damages the hull? I just have a feeling that these stains arent going to come out...I might need some acidic cleaner or something...
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

NO! Again -> Do not use steel wool -> Dissimilar metals !

Corrosion could occur !

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PECo



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephen's right about Bar Keepers Friend. It's non-abrasive and uses oxalic acid as its active ingredient. It's my favorite cleanser for cleaning my stainless steel and porcelain pots and pans. However, I wouldn't use an abrasive green Scotch-Brite pad on an aluminum hull. Sure, it will remove anything from the hull, but it will also scratch it. Try the Bar Keepers Friend with a sponge or a blue non-abrasive Scotch-Brite pad.
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SAP284



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh I see. I'll give it a shot. Some major water stains on my boat and it would be nice ti get them off.
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therieldeal



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my ex's dad let me borrow some stuff that worked REALLY well on my old jon boat. i'll try to find out the name of it.
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therieldeal



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that was quick... the stuff is called Spray 9 he uses it on his aluminum camper trailer. really brightens things up i used it with a plastic bristled scrub brush.
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

therieldeal got my attention about Spray 9.
So I did some investigation.
Not really knowing, I have used their BBQ cleaner and it really works!

The Spray 9 "Marine cleaner" is primarily a disinfectant.

The "AV-8" is a metal cleaner for alumminun, magnesium, etc.

Thanks for the info therieldeal !

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therieldeal



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome! Based on the look of the bottle i think it was just their "general purpose cleaner" that i used:

http://www.amazon.com/Permatex-26832-Multi-Purpose-Cleaner-Disinfectant/dp/B0014COKYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315845350&sr=8-1
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Here's the URL direct to Spray 9. Very Happy

www.spraynine.com

Look for their AV-8 product under Govt./Military

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SAP284



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ill check it out. I did pick up the bar cleaner yesterday at home depot so when I have time this week I think I will give it a shot.
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flippy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bass pro sells a product you spray on and hose off,, it incredible
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PECo



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anybody used Flitz? I saw a promo piece on that Ship Shape TV show a while back.

I just Googled Ship Shape TV and found this video about Spray 9:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUI4a6dwVro&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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SeaDog1



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil,

That stuff is great on bright smooth metal work or tarnished metal such as brass or bronze.

On metals that has any oxidation/grime/corrosion on it, you need to use their pre-cleaner (acid base) that will remove the heavy oxidation first.
Then Flitz paste does the polishing to a bright shine

SeaDog1
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