Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

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PatSea
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Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

Postby PatSea » Wed May 16, 2018 6:56 am

I have a 1972 13-footer The blue non-skid cockpit deck has developed what appear to be small rust colored spots. I tried to remove them using several cleaners and was finally successful using Bar Keeper’s Friend. The floor looks very nice now.

I'd like to understand what caused these spots. There were a few spots present before I took the boat to Florida this past winter. I'm thinking the salt lwater played a role in creating these spots. Any ideas?

Tom Hemphill
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Re: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

Postby Tom Hemphill » Sat May 19, 2018 10:25 am

My guess is that someone used steel wool on or around the non-skid deck. The addition of saltwater "enhanced" the visibility of the tiny steel fragments.

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Re: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

Postby PatSea » Sun May 20, 2018 7:00 pm

That could be Tom. I have not used steel wool in the year that I've owned the boat, but the previous owner may have.

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Re: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

Postby jimh » Mon May 21, 2018 7:44 am

Perhaps the orange material is a mold of some sort.

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Re: Orange Spots on deck 1972 13-footer

Postby Dutchman » Mon May 21, 2018 12:49 pm

It could have been insect excrement and Bar Keepers Friend will always do the trick with minimal damage. Rust as mentioned always a possibility.
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