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TexasWhalin posted 11-05-2009 07:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for TexasWhalin   Send Email to TexasWhalin  
First, this is a fishing boat. Second, my matey wants it to look all new an shiney, all the time. How does a man go about cleaning this stuff?
TexasWhalin posted 11-05-2009 07:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for TexasWhalin  Send Email to TexasWhalin     
Should have done a search first. Sorry guys. Looks like a couple products..Starbrite and WoodyWax will do the trick. Y'all have a nice day.
Feejer posted 11-05-2009 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
When using the Woody Wax be VERY careful and read the direction. A little goes a long way. If its not done correct your going to end up with a skating rink on your deck
wbullwin posted 11-05-2009 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for wbullwin  Send Email to wbullwin     
I never heard of waxing the non-skid surface. Is this a special Woody wax? I have used the Star Brite Non-skid cleaner and sealer but it never seems to last very long.
Mel Wallace posted 11-05-2009 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
I too use Starbrite and have found that using Mr. Clean Eraser after applying Starbrite is absolutely magical in getting the stubborn stains off. I had some since the boat was new two years ago and they are gone. They should bottle whatever is in that eraser stuff.
Tohsgib posted 11-05-2009 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Waxing non-skid...is'nt that an oxymoron?
Feejer posted 11-05-2009 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
http://www.woody-wax.com/

Non-skid wax

jechura posted 11-05-2009 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jechura  Send Email to jechura     
What I use on my old 22 Outrage;

http://www.auroramarine.com/aurora/catalog/01420/index.html

Feejer posted 11-06-2009 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Now that sounds pretty cool
diveorfish posted 11-06-2009 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
The Starbrite non-skid cleaner works great. I also used Woody wax, but I must have used too much because it did turn my non-skid into skid.

My advice is just to forget about it because it’s a loosing battle. Just clean it the same way you wash the rest of the boat and whatever doesn’t come off, doesn’t come off.

I used to fret about my non-skid, but I trailer my boat and park it on dirty asphalt streets, dirty launch ramps, dirty parking lots, etc. Every time I got into my boat from one of these surfaces, I trashed the non-skid. So, after taking an hour plus to clean meticulously clean my non-skid, it only took thirty seconds to trash it. Just seemed like a big waste of time and effort so I stopped fretting about and have been much happier since.

K Albus posted 11-06-2009 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
I'm getting to the same point as diveorfish. My non-skid is a pain to keep clean. I spend hours cleaning it, and it takes only a couple of minutes at a dirty parking lot or a dirty ramp to make a mess of it. I'm still using the Star-brite non-skid deck cleaner, but I don't use it as often lately, and don't spend as much time scrubbing.
Feejer posted 11-06-2009 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Guys
You need to use my rules. NO SHOES ON THE BOAT. I've been doing that for about 10 years know. It seems to work pretty well.
K Albus posted 11-06-2009 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
The black mess that gets into my non-skid comes from the parking lots and docks where I do my boating. If somebody walked through the parking lot or down the dock with bare feet, the bottom of their feet would get just as dirty as would the sole of somebody's shoe. Being bare-footed really wouldn't make a difference.

Also, I do a lot of boating in the early spring and in the fall here in Michigan. With air and water temperatures in the 40s, boating without shoes does not make a lot of sense.

Feejer posted 11-06-2009 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
K Albus

You got me their on the temps, however I'm a fair weather and temp boater. My rules are pretty simple and my family and friends know them well. Sandal's or shoes come off at the dock prior to getting on the boat, same holds true when the boat is on the trailer. Footwear then goes into the console. This all started about 10 years ago when a buddy had walk in some tar then onto my boat. It was only after 10 steps around his realized the problem. It must have taken the two of us 4 hours to clean the mess up. I've seen the service guys at both BW dealers I use put on those Tyvek white booties when working on some ones boat.

bassguy posted 11-09-2009 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for bassguy    
Enjoy the boat for a few months, rinse it out when the debris is too deep, power wash it before you lay it up for the winter (or, every few months if you don't have winter where you are). Life is too short to clean the non-skid with a toothbrush every time I take the boat out!
Nauti Tauk posted 11-09-2009 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nauti Tauk  Send Email to Nauti Tauk     
I've heard the good and the bad about bleach on this site but have found over the years that bleach and water do a darn good job of cleaning non skid. No damage has resulted from using a mix of a cup or so to half a gallon of water, and I've been using this mix for a long time on our Pursuits and Whalers.


Feejer posted 11-09-2009 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Bleach and water rock. Nothing is better for mold. I've been using 1 cup of bleach to a gallon of water for years and never had anything go wrong. I'll even spray down the bilge with it. I just make sure I use plenty of water to rinse it out
JMARTIN posted 11-09-2009 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
I throw down a rubber backed mat over the deck when doing dirty things like fishing, crabbing and shrimping.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d137/jmartin-/DSCN0003.jpg

John

Phil T posted 11-09-2009 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
Thanks to Chuck T,. I lined the floors of both my Montauk and Outrage 17 with Dri-Dek. Don't have to worry about shoes, dropping a lawnmower or car axle either.

Spray it down every once in a while and pull it off and give a scrub in the fall. Done.

http://picasaweb.google.com/CascoBayOutrage/ 1991Outrage17I#5198919767331668130

Feejer posted 11-10-2009 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
http://www.woody-wax.com/contact.php

For a free sample

Ridge Runner posted 11-15-2009 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
"NO SHOES ON THE BOAT. I've been doing that for about 10 years know. It seems to work pretty well." --- If I went without shoes for TEN years...boy I might not have any toes left...

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