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Barney posted 08-25-2003 08:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for Barney   Send Email to Barney  
I'm not used to this close knit non-skid floor on the new 170. Old 11 foot Whaler deck is easier to clean and keep clean because the tread is more open. Waxed the entire deck, whew. What have others done or recommend. Jim
outrage96 posted 08-25-2003 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for outrage96    
Roll Off works great,just wet boat wait a few minutes then scrub off.
Maximus posted 08-25-2003 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
I agree, this boat is impossible to keep clean. No shoes are a must.

I have found that a light scrub with a scotchbrite pad works well on the no skid. It is direction sensitive to cleaning effectiveness.

The blue hulls stayed clean looking longer.

fno posted 08-26-2003 02:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Get a pressure washer, even a cheap electric one will take care of the decks if you soak them with Simple Green or the like for ten minutes or so.
lakeman posted 08-26-2003 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I like the Starbright non skid deck cleaner. It works for me with a deck brush, and it is suppose to leave a protective coating on the deck. I agree with the person above no shoes or real use boat shoe/ or sandals, ones not use to look like a boater at the local tiki bar.
Barney posted 08-26-2003 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Thanks guys thats the info I needed, Jim
ghefty posted 08-26-2003 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghefty  Send Email to ghefty     
Last weekend I tried Spray Nine for the first time. It seemed to work pretty well on the blood and guts of a day's fishing. We caught 10 dolphin and really messed up the boat.
prm1177 posted 08-27-2003 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
I use a bucket of boat soap plus 1 scoop of Oxyclean to keep non skid decks clean. Does a grat job. For keeping it clean, Woody Wax is recommended.
Barney posted 08-27-2003 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Woody Wax looks promising as a protectant. Regular wax is for the birds on these new tpe decks. Good ideas on getting it clean. Thanks Jim
lakeman posted 08-29-2003 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have heard some good things about Woody Wax. Is that a formula for non skid decks? If so I have never seen it anywhere.
Barney posted 08-30-2003 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
It is for decks. West Marine is supposed to have it. Jim
diveorfish posted 08-30-2003 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
I just used Woody Wax last weekend. I put a little on the non-skid in one small section. It kind of shined it up, but Iím not sure if it helped keep it clean. I did however wipe down my entire T-top frame with Woody Wax. The stuff works great on anodized aluminum and my top was gleaming. I bought it a West Marine. They started carrying it on a limited trail basis and were looking for feedback. I was going to do my non-skid with it, but the stuff isnít cheap and as my non-skid is always getting messed up anyway, I thought it would be a waste of time and money.

As for non-skid, I feel everyoneís pain. Iíve given up trying to make it look pristine. Since I am a trailer boater, I have to go to a launch ramp to get in the water. Whenever I launch, I usually park at the launch ramp parking lot first to load gear etc. It only takes a couple of steps on the morning wet asphalt pavement to pick up enough black junk to totally waste the non-skid when I jump on the boat. Multiply that by four fishing buddies and the result is 2 hours of scrubbing is wiped out in about a minute. Heck, the same thing happens when I park my boat on the street in front of my house. Iíll clean the non-skid and climb down to get a towel, or something, and when I climb back aboard, Iíve tracked in all kinds of black non-skid staining stuff and Iím not even wearing shoes. It used to really upset me but I got over it.

That being said, if you are not too anal about the non-skid, Iíve found that the 3M Marine Non-Skid cleaner with a medium ďDoodlebugĒ brush does a very respectable job in a very short amount of time. It will take care of the majority of the stains and at least greatly lessen the severity of the stains that donít come off completely.

Good luck.

Barney posted 08-30-2003 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Lakeman, Before I asked about this I bought Starbright non-skid deck cleaner also. I've got to use it up first. Jim
Backlash posted 08-30-2003 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
I use Starbrite non-skid deck cleaner most of the time and it does a pretty good job, but when the deck's really dirty nothing beats good old Clorox bleach. Pour a little on, spread it around with a brush, wait a few minutes, then rinse off. Just be careful to keep it off your canvas and clothes.
dauntlass 18 posted 08-31-2003 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
After a spring and summer of useing Barkeepers Friend to clean anti skid deck surfaces and Woody Wax to seal anti skid I must say it works real great.Since April I have used Barkeeper and Woody Wax only three times.Other than that a hose and clear water wash down is all I do.It may be over kill but I wash the boat before and after every use with clear water.I wax the boat other than anti skid twice a summer season.I use no bleaches or acids.
prm1177 posted 08-31-2003 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
One note. Barkeeper's Friend contains Oxalic Acid. That said, it is mild and does a great job with stains; rust in particular.
JD Montauk posted 08-31-2003 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JD Montauk  Send Email to JD Montauk     
I guess I need to take someone's advice here. I installed some electronics today and rear cleats yesterday on my 170 Montauk and needless to say my deck is filthy from getting in and out at least 50 times. I've used soap and water with fairly decent results along with a brush but I think I've now come to realize what everyone else is discussing here now. Barney, I guess I'll catch you in cyber space and discuss this topic with you directly too.


JD Montauk (David)

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