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Mudkap1 posted 11-17-2005 09:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for Mudkap1   Send Email to Mudkap1  
I just purchased my new 2006 Montauk and went fishing with two buddies who were wearing black soled water shoes. After the trip and washdown with Boatsoap, I was left with an entire topside of black shoe marks on the nonskid surface! I tried using Clorox Cleanup with bleach with out any degree of satisfaction. Any suggestions, did I make a mistage with the bleach on the Gel coat?
TomG posted 11-17-2005 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I have had very good luck removing black shoe marks with Soft Scrub. There is a new "gel" version which stays where you apply it and doesn't run so much. Also, Starbrite Non-Skid deck cleaner works very well.


Sal A posted 11-17-2005 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
This works for me:

Whalen posted 11-17-2005 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalen    
I have been absolulty stunned with the results of using MR. Clean magic eraser. It is wierd, it will wipe away black sole marks instantly, but is lousy with dirt. It wiped an old sharpie mark away in seconds.It is a type of sponge that does not last long, about 4 bucks for 4. I love em!! My best find in years!
high sierra posted 11-17-2005 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Mudkap 1 , For next time tell them no hard shoes. I allways tell them they will float better with tenny runners on when they fall over. High Sierra
Mudkap1 posted 11-17-2005 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mudkap1  Send Email to Mudkap1     
Certainly! Next time on the boat, they won't be leaving without scrubbing, better yet, light shoe bottoms or no shoes at all!
LHG posted 11-17-2005 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Boston Whaler, as inept as some here seem to think when it comes to their maintenance section of, says not to use chlorine bleach containing products, nor cleanser abrasive cleaning products like Softscrub, on the gelcoat and non-skid areas.
K Albus posted 11-17-2005 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
I have tried numerous products to remove the same type of stains including Barkeeper's Friend, Simple Green, Mary Kate Non-Skid Deck Cleaner, West Marine Boat Soap, generic powdered oxygen bleach mixed with water, and Starbrite Non-Skid Deck Cleaner. Starbrite Non-Skid Deck Cleaner is far and away the best of the bunch. I don't waste my time with anything else anymore.
LHG posted 11-17-2005 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
whalerdude posted 11-17-2005 09:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
I have had that problem in the past.

Not the steadfast rule is:BOAT SHOES OR NO SHOES!!!

I keep a clean pair of topsiders on the boat.

The absolute best cleaner for taking out the scuff marks in my opinion is to use a pressure washer that has soap injection. That really cleaned the scuff marks on my old montauk.

If you don't have one, borrow one. It will do the trick.


Milepost43 posted 11-17-2005 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
Had a week's worth of black marks from this spring's smallmouth trip. (won't happen again!!) After much elbow grease with Starbrite etc still visible marks. Got out the pressure washer & Starbrite... Gone...
Casco Bay Outrage posted 11-18-2005 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
I had this problem with my Montauk.

FWIW consider dri-dek flooring. Here is my thread on the install.

I never had to worry about peoples shoes again.

montaukman posted 11-21-2005 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for montaukman  Send Email to montaukman     
I invited my buddy's father out for a day fishing trip and he wore black shoes. I knew i wasin for it immediately but he is a sweet man and has been very hospitible to me so i decided to keep my comments to myself and not make him feel uncomfortable.

Well the whole deck was black at the end of the day and i used starbright and the magic eraser initially. They worked ok on the surface of the non skid but in the recesses they were useless.

I had to go crazy with my pressure washer using a few starbright treatments and i was able to get it off...but it took many passes and soakings.

He caught a 30" bass and was all smiles that day so the effort needed compared to the thrill gotten was minimal.

I am interested in that product mentioned in the previous post. Anyone else have any experience with it?



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