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Jarhead posted 05-21-2003 07:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jarhead   Send Email to Jarhead  
Thought I'd report on the Simple Green I used today to try to remove Oak leaf stains from my 160 Dauntless.

The boat had to sit out for a few days while the boatport was being put up at the new house and Oak leaves did a job on the deck of my new BW.

It was suggested to me yesterday I give Simple Green a try. I used it full strength with a brush leaving it set for 10 to 15 minutes with not much luck.

Looks like I'll have to try something with a little more punch.....

fjjpal posted 05-21-2003 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for fjjpal  Send Email to fjjpal     
Try Soft and Scrub and a brush.
Swellmonster posted 05-22-2003 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Yepper! Soft and scrub w/bleach, let it sit a moment or two and voila, the stain is gone!
Jarhead posted 05-22-2003 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Excuse my ignorance but is Soft and Scrub something I would find at Wal-Mart or the local super market??
lakelab posted 05-22-2003 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakelab  Send Email to lakelab     
jarhead, i too have unfortunately parked my boat underneath a oak. stained the non skid pretty good. if you have a West Marine nearby they have a product under their name called "Non Skid Deck Cleaner". it is in a clear bottle with a blue liquid. It works extremely well and is non abrasive. Use it with a fairly stiff nylon bristle brush. may take 1 or more applications but i was able to get all the stains out. on the gel coat i used a meguiars wax. this removed the stains on the gelcoat. hope this helps.
fjjpal posted 05-22-2003 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for fjjpal  Send Email to fjjpal     
Yes, any supermarket sells soft and scrub. It is in the isle with all the bathroom cleansers. Does a great job and it is not abrasive.
hooter posted 05-22-2003 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Barkeeper's Friend is a powdered scrubbing compound with oxalic acid (same chemical as in most liquid "boat cleaners") you'll likely find in the grocery store right next to the Comet and Ajax cleansers. Best thing on the market for removin' organic stains without bleach. Woiks good in the kitchen and on the laundry (careful now), too.
fno posted 05-23-2003 07:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Take hooters advice. Oxalic acid is the only good way to get rid of the stains other than bleach and sunlight.
Jarhead posted 05-23-2003 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Thanks for the great advice guys.

I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks again...

lakeman posted 05-23-2003 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
Bon AMI might do the trick, I have not tried it on the boat yet but have on other things. It will not scratch
Jarhead posted 05-28-2003 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Was at the super market today and looked for Barkeepers Friend. No luck, I did however find Soft Scrub gel w/bleach so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm happy to report it removed the Oak stains with ease.

I'm not crazy about using a bleach product on the boat so I'll keep an eye out for the Barkeepers Friend.

Thanks to all who helped with advice. :)

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