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whalerajm posted 02-23-2004 07:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerajm   Send Email to whalerajm  
I know this seems like a stupid question with all the marine and generic cleaning products on the market, But after removing the Tank Mats from under the RPS on my 1975 Montauk the deck is stained a dark brown that won't seem to get clean. I've scrubbed with detergents, Starbrite deck cleaner, Soft Scrub w/ Bleach; nothing seems to work. Any recommendations? Please keep in mind this is just part of a winter project. When the boat goes back in the water in the Spring I will forget about this kind of nonsense and the mats are NOT going back on the boat.

WHALER27CC posted 02-23-2004 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for WHALER27CC  Send Email to WHALER27CC     
Believe it or not.........Toilet Bowl w/bleach cleaner.I have used it with a great amount of success, but try not to leave it on too long.Good luck.
Ps...........these stir-crazy-winter-days have a way of making all of us creating projects in our head...Only three weeks till spring!!
JoeH posted 02-24-2004 01:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
I have had good luck with Bar Keepers Friend. It's a powder in a can. It has been recommended here in the past. It's cheap and easy to find, hardware, supermarket, mega-mart. Joe
whalerajm posted 02-24-2004 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerajm  Send Email to whalerajm     
Peter, Joe,

Thanks guys...I'll give them a try...Now that I have been reminded, I do remember several posts praising the BarKeepersFriend's worth a shot...THANKS!

kingfish posted 02-24-2004 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Be reminded that Barkeeper's Friend (which I use myself from time to time) *is* abrasive, so it *will* remove some of your gelcoat. I would highly recommend trying "ON-OFF" by Marykate Industries if you have access to it somewhere close, before the Barkeepers Friend. Oxalic acid is the active ingredient in both products that acts to remove the yellowish stain, and ON-OFF additionally has phosphoric acid and muriatic (hydrochloric) acid, the latter of which also works on yellowish stains. Strong stuff, but it works and does not remove gelcoat.
Knot at Work posted 02-24-2004 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
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