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johnz posted 04-01-2004 06:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for johnz   Send Email to johnz  
The previous owner of my 13' Whaler spilled varnish in several places on the interiort and I'm looking for the best way to take it off the gelcoat without damaging it. Any idea? Also some rust stains.

Thanks in advance

LHG posted 04-01-2004 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
For Varnish, try Amazon's ONE step teak cleaner. Since teak oils all contain some amount of varnish, a teak cleaner has to be able cut it.

For rust, try an oxalix acid containing product such as Starbrite's Instant Hull cleaner. If that won't cut it, an unorthodox combination of first applying clorox and then Lime Away, will do it, followed by some scrubbing. Just do it outdoors and be careful of highly toxic fumes while it works.

macfam posted 04-02-2004 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
I have had very good results by using "SoyGel".
This is a stripper made from soybean extract.
I is virtually odorless, and it can be used with your bare skin. I stripped the entire interior of my 13' Super Sport using it. It won't act super fast, but overnight it's unbelievable.
The best way I've used this is to brush it on heavy (it's very thick), then cover the area with plastic wrap, so it won't dry out. Pull off the plastic wrap in the morning and it will be completely softened, and just brush and rinse.
Your're done.
You can contact them at or 1-800-538-5069
They sell it direct in Qts & gallons. Maybe they could send a small sample.....
johnz posted 04-02-2004 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnz  Send Email to johnz     
Thanks, I'll give those a try this weekend!

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