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here fishy posted 04-12-2000 01:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for here fishy   Send Email to here fishy  
Can anyone recommend a product or home made mixture to remove rust stains from the deck of a whaler. Apparently the previous owner of my boat left an anchor on the deck for a period of time and the residual rust stains are enough to make me want to do something about them.
Ed Stone posted 04-12-2000 06:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Here fishy,
In the past I used CLR With limited success.
Somtimes those non-skid decks are hard to clean.There are stains in the floor of my boat now that I need to clean.I use a small plastic bristled brush.
See Ya,Ed Stone
Clark Roberts posted 04-12-2000 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Try a product called "Snow Bown"! It's a toilet bowl cleaner... get it any grocery or Wall Mart type store... use a tooth brush and put it on full strenth... scrub after letting sit for a few minutes... flush with fresh water... don't let the sno bowl just dry up!!!! Repeat if necessary... works for me.... Happy Whalin',,, Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
lhg posted 04-13-2000 01:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For rust stains I have used Sudbury's HD Fiberglass cleaner. It is a powder that can be applied with a little water, then scrubbed. I believe it contains oxalic acid.
They say it doesn't hurt fiberglass, and it can also be used to remove oxidation from the non-skid areas on gunnels & decks, etc. I have found it to work quite well.
edfish posted 04-30-2000 01:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for edfish  Send Email to edfish     
For rust stains and that brown staining on the hull from the water I use phosphoric acid. Oxalic acid is good to use on the water stains but phosphoric acid is the thing to use on bad rust. Just put it on and leave it for awhile. Rinse with water. If your rust is really bad you may have to do it again. Try not to let it dry. -ED
edfish posted 05-01-2000 02:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for edfish  Send Email to edfish     
One more thing the phosphoric acid is also known as OsPho and is the nutralizing agent in Teka and is also rust primer sold on many stores. West Marine Products has the stuff.
triblet posted 05-02-2000 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Phosphoric acid is also sold under the
brand names "Naval Jelly" and "EdFred".
EdFred also does a fine job of removing
mildew, soapstains, and hardwater stains
in the shower.

Chuck Tribolet
triblet@garlic.com

reeltime2 posted 05-24-2000 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for reeltime2  Send Email to reeltime2     
It's really easy to remove rust. Just get some Ajax, Comet, or similar powder bleech product and a dry towel. Sprinkle powder on stain dry; rub it with the towel. After rubbing dry, apply a small amount of water--just enough to make the towel damp--and you can remove just about any stain from your deck. Be sure to spray the area with a hose when you are done.
lhg posted 05-24-2001 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
This seems to be of interest to many, but I would have to disagree with the prior post recommending Household cleanser. This stuff is abrasive and will damage(scratch and dull) your gelcoat.
triblet posted 05-24-2001 01:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
EdFred also does a fine job of taking water
spots off the windshield. I recently
removed my windshield, put in the bathtub,
EdFred'ed with a soft cloth and rubber
gloves, rinsed, and waxed it. I couldn't
quite believe how good it looked.

Chuck

dauntlass 18 posted 05-24-2001 06:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Try "Bar Keepers Friend"can be purchased in grocery store at soap dept. powder product like "Ajax or Comet"but will not dull or scratch fiberglass.
The Whaler Guy posted 05-24-2001 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Whaler Guy    
use bonami
Dick posted 05-24-2001 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Another good product is Davis FSR (fiberglass stain remover).
It should be available at any good marine accessory store.

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