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adaco posted 05-17-2002 09:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for adaco   Send Email to adaco  
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?
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-17-2002 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO  Send Email to PMUCCIOLO     

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.


JFM posted 05-17-2002 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
A light polishing or rubbing compound should do the trick after you make the abuser walk the plank. Regards, Jay
Wild Turkey posted 05-17-2002 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
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.


triblet posted 05-17-2002 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
DriDek the whole boat. Works for me.


LKS posted 05-17-2002 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
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
peteinsf posted 05-17-2002 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
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.
lhg posted 05-17-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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
come within 100 yards of your boat, or any bathroom/kitchen fixture also. All of these are non-polishing abrasives, and will dull & damage even the non-skid.

Giles posted 05-17-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Giles    
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.
Boston Marine posted 05-18-2002 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
Use a product called On/Off sold at boat US
whalerfran posted 05-18-2002 05:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerfran    
3M cleaner and wax in one will do the trick.
Thom posted 05-28-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Thom  Send Email to Thom     
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.


Jay A posted 05-28-2002 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
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!
ratherwhalering posted 05-28-2002 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
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 ;-)


ratherwhalering posted 05-28-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
BTW- NEVER use "orange-clean". I used on my rub rail, and it worked great. A few weeks later the rail guessed! 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.
Duncan posted 05-31-2002 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
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.

crashq posted 05-31-2002 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for crashq  Send Email to crashq     
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.
Nobleskydiver posted 09-29-2007 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Nobleskydiver  Send Email to Nobleskydiver     
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

pglein posted 10-01-2007 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
3M Cleaner wax. Fast, easy, and protects your gelcoat.
pglein posted 10-01-2007 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
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).
lwallis posted 10-02-2007 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for lwallis  Send Email to lwallis     
Clorox Magic unbelievably well!
aja posted 10-03-2007 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for aja  Send Email to aja     
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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