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Carolina_Whaler posted 09-02-2003 06:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Carolina_Whaler   Send Email to Carolina_Whaler  
You guys are great...I've written before about a porpoising problem but now have one about the finish on my "new" '02 Dauntless. Maybe this is normal but this thing stains like the devil. We are meticulous about cleaning it and have been careful to wash it after each use and with special boat washes and marine cleaners. I have not used anything harsh...yet. Last week, I left it uncovered and leaves fell into it and stained the bottom & console. The local BW dealer says they use something called "On and Off" to clean up boats after boat shows. I'm wondering now if the dealer that had this '02 never did anything to it (wax) or, worse, cleaned it with something that ruined the finish. The hull stains easily, too. I have a covere that the Sunbrella blue color has rubbed into the hull and I can't remove it. What do you recommend? By the way, we pressure wash the boat which has cleaned it as good as it seems to get.
JohnJ80 posted 09-02-2003 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
On and Off is a an acid compound. It works very well in getting rust and similiar stains out of the gelcoat. you basically wipe it on and wait 2-3 minutes, then hose it off. Reapply if necessary. We boat in heavily iron stained waters so we use it all the time. All of out boats have a deep oraange stain at the waterline if they are in the water 2-3 months at a crack.

You can also use a commercial toilet bowl cleaner called Santeen. About 1.79 per gallon. Marine products are, like, $6 per quart.

Leaves in the boat will stain anything. They are full of, I believe, tannic acid and it is amazing how much they will stain.

To get out the stains you need to bleach them out, either with the sun or a product like On and Off. Happens to all fiberglass, care is the key (avoidance). Wax helps, but those darn leaves will get you every time. On and Off works great for them.

If you take your cover and wash it, it will get some of the excess color out.

Jarhead posted 09-03-2003 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I had the same Oak leaf stain problem and was advised to use Bar Keeper Friend by members here.

It worked great. I made a paste per directions and the stains lifted out with ease.

WaL-Mart sells it for less than $2 a can. You'll find it with the AJax and Comet cleansers. Contains NO bleach. Uses Oxalic acid...

Carolina_Whaler posted 09-07-2003 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Carolina_Whaler  Send Email to Carolina_Whaler     
Where can I find On and Off? I do have Barkeepers Friend under my sink so will try that. Thanks for the help!

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