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Sorry to ask this but I was talking to this guy the other day who owns a 17ft little fishing boat it is a plastic one and I kind of agreed to wash the boat for him as he says it's a bit mucky.

I know I should be able to get a pressure washer to get rid of the crap off the bottom of the boat but what do you wash the boat with if I'm guessing you can't just have a bucket of water and fairy liquid.

I'm not really sure what are best cleaning products and neithers he as he's just bought the boat so I thought I would ask you lot any info would be great.

james



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Hi James,

I use a a hot pressure washer and a product called Transwash 20 from Hugh Cranes Cleaning supplies at Acle for washing "Cloud Nine". Its an excellent cleaner, and works almost as well with cold water as hot.  The secret is really the "contact time" on the surface of the boat; its something that you spray on, leave for about 3-4 mins, then wash off using your pressure washer.  On really stubborn dirt, it can be agitated on the surface after a couple of minutes, but otherwise its fairly effortless. If the boat`s not too dirty they have a slightly milder product called TSR 100.  Only problem is that I don`t know where you could get these products in your area, but you could try a trade type engineering or motor factors. Hope this is helpful.

Pete

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cheers for that I have a look on google see if anything for that stuff in my area turns up thanks again.

james



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James,

I honestly dont think you will go far wrong with the hot water and Fairy Liquid.

Rod

You mean the other Starboard then...

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Well it all starts with,
PINK MARIGOLDS.
I used Mr Muscle grime and lime on Josh with a soft broom.
Then used UPVC polish/cleaner on the white superstructure,
come up a treat.
P S the grime and lime removed the water stains of the outboard a treat.
Then a quick flip round inside with MR SHEEN.
And a 4 pack to help the job along. Wink

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WARNING Scared  If you have varnished wood don't use Mr Sheen otherwise when you come to revarnish you will have all sorts of problems Gasp

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No dear it's the bump on your head getting bigger" Bill...

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Some of the launches use the transwash as Pete advised, but others get on just as well with MR MUSCLE KITCHEN CLEANER, and its freely available. Smile

Andy

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I used all sorts of different cleaners on our GRP hull and followed up with marine T-Cut and a lot of wax..result boat looked great but after a few weeks the top deck was smothered in dirty streaks from "run off" on the canopy. Only way to remove them..T-Cut again and re-polish  Frown
I've heard of a product called Marine A Glaze which is supposed to work much better (and last longer) than ordinary waxes and the results I've seen look very good.
If you Google the name of the product you'll find some excellent pictures of the results, I'm getting ours done once the new windows and portlights are fitted   Smile


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