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removing shoe scuff marks
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posted 05-17-2002 09:01 AM ET (US)
What is the simplest way to remove the black scuff marks in the non-skid areas as a result of someone wearing dark soled shoes?
posted 05-17-2002 09:34 AM ET (US)
The most effective way to remove the offending agent is to throw the person wearing them overboard! Another method, if the scuffs are bad, is to use soft scrub. In the worst cases, something like comet may be necessary. DO NOT PUT EITHER OF THESE CLEANSERS ON THE SMOOTH SURFACES, as they will scratch permanently. A light coat on the affected area with a small scrub brush should do the trick. The smooth surfaces should be waxed clean of scuffs.
posted 05-17-2002 10:03 AM ET (US)
A light polishing or rubbing compound should do the trick after you make the abuser walk the plank. Regards, Jay
posted 05-17-2002 12:05 PM ET (US)
That reminds me of a story I remember someone recounting on this forum.... This person asked the Coast Guard to remove thier shoes before boarding his Whaler!
Sorry, I can't remember who it was....great story though.
posted 05-17-2002 12:21 PM ET (US)
DriDek the whole boat. Works for me.
posted 05-17-2002 12:58 PM ET (US)
Marikate makes a non-skid deck cleaner that is great! It removed tree sap that we'd been unable to remove using any other product. Don't know how it works on scuff marks, but might be worth a try. Now if only it worked on resin patio furniture . . . LKS
posted 05-17-2002 01:36 PM ET (US)
In the 80's I used to use stuff call "ANCO powdered hand cleaner" on the non-skid of my montauk. The stuff was great, made by the same company that manufactures wiper blades. It was not abrasive like Lava or Boraxo came in a big box. I have not seen it lately, but some other dry hand cleaner might be worth a test.
posted 05-17-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)
Mineral Spirits will take them right off, easily. So will tire cleaner.
I'll go one step farther than Paul. A bottle of Soft Scrub and Comet cleanser should never
posted 05-17-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)
There is a product called SPRAY-9. It will clean vinyl and virtually everything I have tried it on. I do a lot of car detailing, and this is the only product I use. It will clean everything including carpet. I have used it for about 10 years and have never been disappointed. As with any chenical, check compatibility.
posted 05-18-2002 10:06 AM ET (US)
Use a product called On/Off sold at boat US
posted 05-18-2002 05:32 PM ET (US)
3M cleaner and wax in one will do the trick.
posted 05-28-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)
Acetone - costs right at $7 a gallon in most places and will take off just about any stain you have but won't do a thing to harm fiberglass - will eat vinyl alive though, so be careful around the seats and such.
posted 05-28-2002 07:39 PM ET (US)
Simple: Simple Green! I first discovered how well it works on aluminum sided campers,great for removing the "dark-streaks" that run down the side. Then I noticed how well it works on the fiberglass wheel flairs which are "dimpled". Then I tried it on my 1970 13' Whaler to remove the rust stains caused by my old steel 6 gallon fuel tanks. Worked great!
posted 05-28-2002 08:10 PM ET (US)
3-M Fiberglass Restorer and a medium bristle brush. Works in nicely, removes marks, stains, and oxidation. Washes off with water and a wipe. Nonskid looks like new and it won't harm the smooth surfaces. If your an idiot like me, add a coat of squirt-on wax and spend a few weeks slipping and sliding around ;-)
posted 05-28-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)
BTW- NEVER use "orange-clean". I used on my rub rail, and it worked great. A few weeks later the rail turned...you guessed it...orange! After 2 hours of exposure to sunlight, its white again. Cover for 1 week and its orange...then white again in the sun. Never seen anything like it.
posted 05-31-2002 02:37 PM ET (US)
JAY A hit the nail on the head. No boater or any homeowner should be without SIMPLE GREEN!
I don't know about shoe marks but I'd try it full strength with a fingernail scrub brush.
Full strength it will de-grease your engine (particularly if you rinse with hot water hose.)
Diluted to various lesser strengths it'll de-grease your stove top better than Fantastic, wash your house's exterior, great hand cleaner if you've been working on your engine. good boat wash, too but may remove wax.
ENVIORNMENTALLY FRIENDLY too...of course the grease it's carrying away down your driveway as you rinse is not, but it's better than the canned aresol petro-chemical degreasers.
Try it... you'll like it.
posted 05-31-2002 04:42 PM ET (US)
Use Starbrite's Black Streak Remover (the name may not be exact). Spray it on, wait for two minutes and wipe them off. It works for shoe scuff marks, roller marks and any other similar marks. It has no abrasive to damage the gelcoat. It simply softens the rubber marks untilit can be wiped off without affecting the fiberglass/gelcoat. You can fins it at any marine store like (gasp) West Marine.
posted 09-29-2007 10:41 PM ET (US)
Just read the last note on West Marine "GASP" I must admit, they are high. . Best I can guess with the cost of ownership and those darn shoes marks remember when kitchen floors recieved shoes marks I thought those days were gone, Nope my daughter played in my virgin 2008 Sport 130 Ann model adn OMG what is that,.
So I try Simple Green first, dishsoap was to mild,. Does this mean I need to support Sperry Topsider shoes for a members,. GASP
From the saddle and On the level
Bill Modesto,CA USA
posted 10-01-2007 03:50 PM ET (US)
3M Cleaner wax. Fast, easy, and protects your gelcoat.
posted 10-01-2007 03:54 PM ET (US)
Oh, and acetone WILL harm the gelcoat and fiberglass. Used in small quantities, it's no big deal, but I assure you, acetone will eat away at any oil based material. Acetone is what boat builders use to clean their tools after working with fiberglass. It cuts the resin like Dawn cuts grease. Acetone has NO PLACE on a boat. A spill in the bilge will eat a hole right through the bottom of the boat if left unattended (and unventilated).
posted 10-02-2007 04:10 PM ET (US)
Clorox Magic Eraser...works unbelievably well!
posted 10-03-2007 08:46 AM ET (US)
Might also suggesting having the offender do the cleaning, which could offer a longer term solution - by their either being careful in the future or never coming back!
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