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retthood posted 07-09-2001 05:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for retthood   Send Email to retthood  
I recently inherited an 1988 17' Montauk that has considerable stains on the inside and on the hull that most cleaning solvents won't remove. It was left in the water for months at a time and rainwater left standing in the boat left stains that I can'r remove with simple scrubbing. I've seen many people recommend wet sanding to get the heaviest stains out, but what about the stains in the non-skid? What is the best industrial-strength cleaner out there that I can use? Any suggestions on the best way to apply it? Also, the area near the transom seems to have grease stains from the steering component. Any suggestions on getting that area clean? Thanks for your help!
OutrageMan posted 07-09-2001 07:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Use FSR on the boat. It is a blue gel looking product that works very well for the toughest stains. Make sure you follow the directions.

If the non-skid is truely stained, try barkeepers friend. For regular dirt and grime, I have not found a better product than Starbrite Non-Skid cleaner. For the grease, use Greez-Off.

will posted 07-09-2001 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for will    
try Y10 (sounds like it may be the same thing as FSR) on the stains. It will take them off.
Bigshot posted 07-09-2001 10:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Marykate On/off will remove a lot of stains. Try E-Z off oven cleaner too.
lpaton posted 07-09-2001 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Try star brite hull cleaner ( oxalic acid)

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