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CaptCornchowder posted 04-15-2002 08:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for CaptCornchowder   Send Email to CaptCornchowder  
Need to find good cleaner for non skid anybody use soft scrub or similar products? thanks cc
acseatsri posted 04-15-2002 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Softscrub and a stiff brush works for me.
Taylor posted 04-16-2002 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
While I was doing some buffing, it occured to me that what I really need is a random orbital mounted brush. That ought to get down into the non-skid crevices. Anyone ever seen one? Well, until I find one, its a stiff brush and softscrub for me too.
lhg posted 04-16-2002 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I am assuming you mean cleaning, rather than buffing & de-oxidizing. Softscub is an abrasive amd will damage and dull your non-skid. It is better to use a product like Starbrite's non-skid deck cleaner. Sometimes more than one non-abrasive cleaner are needed. Mineral spirits will remove tar & grease based marks, and Fantastic/409 will clean more stubborn dirt. Sudbury's non-abrasive HD Fiberglass cleaning powder (which I think is the same as oxalic acid-based Bar Keeper's Friend) will also get rid of any yellowing type stains. Bleach based products work extremely well, but I am told the bleach will also damage the gelcoat over time, like the Softscrub.
Taylor posted 04-16-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I stand corrected. Would you recommend anything different for the buffing and de-oxidizing stage.
ratherwhalering posted 04-16-2002 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I use West's Color Restorer, applied with a medium bristle brush, then hosed off, with a quick wipe down. Color Restorer doesn't have any wax or other protective residue, so I use spray on/wipe off turtle wax as a finish. (BTW I used to use "Dura Shine" but ran out.) Works great. For hard spots, try FSR before you apply the Color Restorer.
Chap posted 04-16-2002 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
This is getting some positive attention lately.

I'm going to give it a try. Looks like it would make for easy clean-up of the non-skid.

CaptCornchowder posted 04-17-2002 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for CaptCornchowder  Send Email to CaptCornchowder     
Used bar keepers friend,Never heard of it before this thread, found it inthe hardware store. Worked perfectly then applied wax thanks for all the info. cc
Dick E posted 04-17-2002 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
West Marine Non Skid cleaner works great
InHerNet posted 04-17-2002 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I tried the woody-wax. Paid 46.00 for the kit that included shipping. It did a real nice job on the non-skid area and t-top metal. I though this was the greatest stuff. I was not impressed with it after the next trip out. I think the hype is greater than the product, it does not seem to hold up very well and the cleaning after a day out boating is just as much work if not more. I thought it would decrease the cleaning time. I still have fish blood and other whatever that was spilled to clean with elbow grease and light softscrub. I read a lot of hype about it and thought I would give it a try. What I did hear over and over was not to use too much and a lot goes a long way. Maybe I did not use enough! Chap- let me know how it works for you after a few trips out.

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